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Want to Live Longer With Heart Failure? Get That Flu Shot

New research shows that getting an annual flu shot reduces the risk of premature death from heart failure, particularly in patients 65 and older who already have compromised circulation and other health complications.

Fish Oil and Vitamin D May Prevent Heart Disease and Cancer, But Only in Some

In a large study evaluating the effects of vitamin D and omega-3 (fish oil) supplements on heart disease and cancer risk, researchers found few benefits.

By Diane Domina

Are Beta Blockers Safe to Use in Early Pregnancy?

Beta blockers, the class of drugs that helps control heart rhythm, treat angina, and reduce high blood pressure, are safe to use in the first trimester of pregnancy and are not associated with a significant risk of birth defects.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

One, Two, Three Meds in One: Game-Changing Blood Pressure Pill

High blood pressure often requires multiple medications, but they could be combined into one pill to simplify treatment plans.

By Stephanie Stephens

Don't Take It Sitting Down: Sitting Harms Your Heart and Health

Sitting too much can cause poor blood circulation increase inflammation. Learn how an active lifestyle can prevent obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

By Stephanie Stephens

Top Heart-Healthy Polyphenol-Rich Foods

Polyphenols are an essential nutrient for a healthy diet. Find the right foods at your grocery store that will add more polyphenols to your meals.

By Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

Top Heart-Healthy High Monounsaturated Fat Foods

Monounsaturated fat is an essential nutrient in a heart-healthy diet. Find foods at your grocery store that will add more monounsaturated fats to your meals.

By Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

Top Heart-Healthy Lycopene-Rich Foods

Lycopene is an essential part of a nutritious, heart-healthy diet. Find the right foods at your grocery store that will add more lycopene to your meals.

By Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

Top Heart-Healthy High Omega-3 Foods

Omega 3 is an essential part of a nutritious, heart-healthy diet. Find the right foods at your grocery store that will add more Omega 3 to your meals.

By Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

If You Take an Aspirin a Day for Your Heart, Read This

The bottom line: We still don’t know if aspirin therapy lowers the rate of first heart attacks and strokes in people at moderate risk for cardiovascular events.

By Diane Domina