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Heart Failure Projected to Increase Dramatically, According to New Statistics
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The number of people diagnosed with heart failure is increasing and projected to rise by 46 percent by 2030, resulting in more than 8 million people with heart failure, according to the published Wednesday. There are several reasons for the rise in heart failure, which means the heart is too weak to pump blood throughout the body, experts said. In part, the increase can be attributed to medical advances, because more people are surviving heart attacks and therefore face higher heart failure risk afterward, said Paul Muntner, Ph.D., a member of the statistical update’s writing panel and a professor and vice chair in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. But t...

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15 Heart-Healthy Foods to Work into Your Diet
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Boost nutrition, flavor and color in meals and snacks A healthy diet can be good for your heart as well as your waistline. “You can definitely reduce your risk of developing by eating certain foods every day,” says Julie Zumpano, RD, LD, a dietitian in the  at Cleveland Clinic. “There is a great variety of fruits and vegetables that are good for your heart.” “Try to eat foods that are in their natural form, as they come from the ground,” Ms. Zumpano says, recommending what she calls the “whole-foods diet.” That diet includes, of course, heart-healthy foods such as fish, whole grains, vegetables and fruits, but don’t be afraid to treat yourself occasionally with a glass of red wine or ...

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Healthy Eating in February – Zucchini Lasagna
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Ingredients: 1 lb 93% lean ground beef 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon olive oil 1/2 large onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 (28 oz can) crushed tomatoes 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil Black pepper, to taste 3 medium (8 oz each) zucchini, sliced 1/8” thick 1 1/2 cups part-skim ricotta 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano 1 large egg 16 oz (4 cups) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese Directions: In a medium sauce pan, brown meat and season with salt. When cooked drain in colander to remove any fat. Add olive oil to the pan and sauté garlic and...

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Step-by-Step: Exercising With Heart Disease
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Having coronary artery disease or another heart problem needn’t keep you from being fit. Find out why doctors advise exercise and learn the steps to working out safely. A monitored exercise program, such as cardiac rehab, is usually advised for someone who has severe heart disease, is recovering from a heart attack or has had heart surgery. But if you have a minor, stable heart condition, or you have already gone through cardiac rehabilitation, your doctor may prescribe an exercise program that you can do on your own. Regular exercise can be safe and has many benefits. It can: • Improve cholesterol levels. Exercise can help lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and raise HDL (good cholesterol). • Help you manage medical condition...

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Exercise for Cholesterol Management – Best Practices
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This week we continue our discussion about cholesterol, as September is . According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 71 million US adults (~35% of the population) are living with elevated total cholesterol (>200 mg/dL). It is well documented that elevated total cholesterol has been associated with greater risk for coronary heart disease and many adults are being prescribed statin drugs to lower their cholesterol levels. Statins come with a wide range of side effects, and their use should be limited if possible. Luckily, regular exercise has been shown to reduce total cholesterol and improve LDL and HDL profiles. A recent review article published in the journal Sports Medicine in 2014 evaluated physica...

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