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Are You Stressing Out Your Heart? Here’s How to Counter It

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You’re at work. The deadline is approaching. Your boss just emailed. Your colleague says she hasn’t put the data report together yet. You can feel your heart rate rising. Thump-thump, thump-thump… For some people, this is a normal day—constantly under the gun and taxing your heart health. “When you’re under stress, your blood...

Put Your Heart & Soul Into this Dance Workout

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This article was written by Benjamin Allen, a fitness choreographer in Los Angeles, CA. Cardio workouts are fantastic for your heart and overall health. But why do we think of exercise as something that only happens in the gym? Dancing is always fun and you can take it anywhere. Get comfortable with these four moves at home, and then try them out...

Long Live Dad! 4 Ways You Can Support His Heart Health

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Great news: According to a study from Stanford University you’ve been helping Dad stay heart-healthy since the day you were born! Researchers tracked 135,000 men over a ten year period and found fathers are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease than childless men. Want to make sure dear old Dad’s heart continues to stay in tip-top...

10 Heart-Healthy Foods to Add to Your Grocery Cart

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Practically daily headlines tell us “a study has found ________ (insert food) is heart healthy.” The most recent example I was asked about was a study on beet juice. While I am not disputing that beet juice can lower blood pressure (in this study with 64 people), no single food is the answer. When clients come in to lower their blood...

How Stress Affects the Heart

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Since February is American Heart Month, we’ve teamed up with the American Heart Association to bring you heart-healthy tips all month long! Our last post in this series featured Activities to Keep Your Heart Healthy. Getting – and staying – healthy takes a combination of good habits, like exercising, eating well, and getting enough...

Habits for a Healthier Heart

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Since February is American Heart Month, we’ve teamed up with the American Heart Association to bring you heart-healthy tips all month long! Our last post in this series featured Activities to Keep Your Heart Healthy. When it comes to our everyday lives, there’s a lot of minor decision-making that happens that doesn’t seem like a...

3 Activities to Keep Your Heart Healthy

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It’s common to have a narrow view when it comes to health and fitness. For many people, that means obsessing over the numbers on a scale or rigorously counting calories at mealtimes. But when it comes to heart health, there’s more to it, says Tara Narula, M.D., a board-certified cardiologist and a volunteer spokesperson for the...

How Stress Affects the Heart & How You Can Reverse It

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Have you ever wondered about the effects stress can have on the body and everyday life? Stress can dramatically impact heart health and cognitive function, including making healthy life choices, says Catherine Calarco, chief marketing officer of HeartMath. “Science shows that connecting the heart and mind increases performance, and the...