Is Red Wine Good for Your Heart?

You may have heard that red wine is good for your heart. Before you pour a glass, let’s take a closer look at the research from a review article in the journal Circulation. The theory that red wine is linked to improved cardiovascular health was first proposed in 1992 as an answer to what some […]

Beans – They’re Great for Your Heart!

Let’s celebrate all the reasons that beans are good for the health of your heart. First – what are beans anyway? Beans, also known as legumes or pulses, are the seeds found in soft pods. They are typically dried off the vine and eaten cooked. Some common types of legumes are lentils, chickpeas (also known […]

4 Ways Gardening is Good for your Heart

Here are some heart-healthy reasons to get out and garden. Gardening is good exercise. A recent study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that low-level physical activities such as gardening are associated with reduced risk of death from heart disease. In particular, the study found that people who engaged in low-level activities like […]

Inspire Your Heart with Art

Today, January 31st, is National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day, a day that encourages all of us to think about the impact of art on our lives. In honor of this day, Abiomed is highlighting scientific research about the health benefits of engaging with the arts. A meta-analysis published in the American Journal of […]

This is Your Heart While Walking

What is one easy way to improve your heart health and incorporate heart healthy habits into your life– even in the short term? Walking. This is the conclusion of a study published in Creative Nursing that examined the effects of a regular walking program on improving risk factors for heart disease. The study included 70 […]

Baby Boomers are the “Stroke-Healthiest” Generation

Baby boomers born between 1945 and 1954 have the lowest rates of stroke when compared to both their younger and older peers. This is the conclusion of a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association that examined the incidence of stroke across generations. Researchers looked at over 225,000 records of stroke between […]

Drinking Till Your Heart’s Content

Long-term alcohol consumption can simultaneously protect and damage your heart. This is the conclusion of a recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. This study examined the effects of long-term alcohol use on the heart. The researchers examined the heart health of patients admitted to hospitals based on whether or not […]

Genetic Heart Disease Risk Eased by Healthy Habits

A heart-healthy lifestyle can cut your genetic risk for heart disease in half. This is the conclusion of a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The investigators looked at data from 55,000 participants who were at high risk for heart disease due to genetic factors. A genetic predisposition to heart disease […]

Smoking Damages the Structure and Function of the Heart

Smoking may damage the structure and function of the heart and increase the risk of heart failure, even in people without heart disease. This is the conclusion of a recent study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, which investigated the relationship between smoking habits and heart function. The study evaluated echocardiogram data and self-reported […]

How Smoking Damages Genes that are Associated with Heart Disease

Cigarette smoke leaves a lasting impact on the smoker by altering genetic information carried on the smoker’s DNA. DNA is altered through a process called methylation, which prevents gene expression by turning off genes. Within five years of smoking cessation, most damage caused by DNA methylation can be reversed. However, some altered genetic information may […]