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Selenium and Heart Disease

Selenium is a trace mineral found in soil and naturally present in many foods. The recommended dietary allowance for selenium is the same for men and women: 55 micrograms (mcg) daily for anyone 14 years of age or older. Selenium plays a critical role ...

High Salt Diet Impacts More Than Blood Pressure

If your blood pressure is normal, that does not mean you can ignore how much salt you consume. A high-salt diet leads to: Reduced functioning of the endothelium. The endothelium is the inner lining of blood vessels which mediates coagulation, immune ...

10 Tips on What to Avoid During the Holidays to Protect Your Heart

Heart-related deaths increase during the holidays with 33 percent more deaths occurring in December and January. Avoid these 10 activities to protect your heart this holiday: 1. Stress While the holidays are often happy times spent with family, it’s ...

Know Your Healthiest Holiday Cooking Fats and Oils

The holidays are the most fattening time of year for most Americans. We stock our kitchens with butter and oils, to prepare giant family feasts and holiday treats. We now know that it’s okay — even advised — to embrace a certain amount of fat in our ...

Eat More Dry Beans, Peas, and Lentils for Heart Health

Dry beans, peas, and lentils are an economical option for adding protein and nutrients to your diet. For instance, a 1-pound package costs an average of $0.15 per serving for dry beans and between $0.35 to $0.50 per serving, depending on brand, for c...

Lower Your Cholesterol While Counting Carbs

Carbohydrate counting (a.k.a., “carb counting”) is often recommended for diabetics. However, when following a carb-counting diet, you also can make choices to promote lower cholesterol levels, which can reduce the risk of heart disease. What is carb ...

10 Cruciferous Vegetables for Heart Health

Cruciferous vegetables are nutrient-rich, providing dietary fiber, vitamins K, C, and E, folate, calcium, and potassium.Research indicates there may be a link between some of the nutrients and phytochemicals contained in cruciferous vegetables with r...

Heart Stent Placement Procedure

Stents are used to restore blood flow in arteries that have narrowed due to plaque build-up. Angioplasty is the procedure used for placing stents. Stent placement is not considered major surgery and takes approximately one hour. Your doctor makes a t...

Heart Stents, Part 2: Are you asking the right questions?

In this second part of a two-part series on heart stents, one of the most frequently used treatment options for coronary artery disease (CAD), we examine the technology with interventional cardiologist Colin Barker, M.D. Dr. Barker is CAD patient Sha...

Heart Stents, Part 1: Are you asking the right questions?

Over the past 20 years, treatment options for coronary artery disease (CAD) has become much more effective and commonplace. This often leads patients to ask fewer questions about treatment options, advances, and benefits. Instead, questions focus on ...