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Sugar replaces fat as the #1 enemy in American diets

Rolf L. Andersen, MD | 02/26/2015

New recommendations say Americans should focus less on the fat in their diets, and more on limiting sugar. Learn why the fat paradox makes sense.

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Your heart skips a beat: What does it mean?

Matthew Bernabei, MD | 02/25/2015

“Why does my heart skip a beat?” This is a common question from patients. The answer may be related to a disturbance in the heart's electrical system, or an arrhythmia.

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eXercise and atrial fibrillation: Is it safe?

Douglas Gohn, MD | 02/24/2015

Just because you have atrial fibrillation doesn’t mean you can’t lead an active, normal life. Exercise is safe—as long as you do it under your doctor’s supervision—and may benefit other conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol that contribute to heart disease.

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Cold weather stresses your heart: 5 tips to stay safe

Mark Etter, MD | 02/23/2015

If you have coronary heart disease, the recent cold can be especially challenging. You may suffer angina, or chest pain, and some research indicates there’s an increased risk of heart attack. But if you take a few precautions, you can have a safe and healthy winter. Read more

U.S. News & World Report says DASH diet is best for health and wellness

Christopher Hager, MD | 02/23/2015

If you’re searching for a diet that could improve your health and wellness, you may want to consider some recent findings from U.S. News & World Report. The publication evaluated 41 of the most popular diet plans, and for the fifth year in a row, rated the DASH diet #1 overall in its Best Diets of 2015 list.

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How to choose diabetic-friendly condiments

Stephanie Prestileo, RD, LDN | 02/23/2015

Condiments and sauces add spice to our menu, but what kinds are "allowed" in a diabetic diet? Does it have too much carb, too much sugar, or maybe too much salt? We'll take a look at some guidelines to help you decide, and offer some recipe comparisons and suggestions. 

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Your heart needs vitamin D: Are you at risk?

Tina Davis | 02/22/2015

It’s well known that vitamin D is good for your bones. But did you know it’s also necessary for a healthy heart? Studies show a good vitamin D level can reduce your risk of heart disease, improve heart muscle strength, and help lower blood pressure. Find out if you’re getting enough.

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Understanding sudden cardiac arrest: Is it really as sudden as it seems?

Sandeep Bansal, MD, MPH | 02/21/2015

If your heart stops beating suddenly, the outlook for recovery is dire. Sudden cardiac arrest kills 95 percent of its victims, claiming 325,000 adults a year. But it may not always be as sudden as it seems.

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Does an aspirin a day keep a heart attack away?

Joseluis Ibarra | 02/20/2015

Does a daily aspirin help prevent a heart attack? That depends. If you currently have no heart disease risk factors, a new study says you may want to think twice before taking aspirin.

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Sitting is hazardous to your health

Brenda Buescher, MPH | 02/20/2015

Is sitting too much harming your health? New research recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine shows that too much sedentary time – the time you spend sitting or reclining during the day – puts your health at risk.   

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