Infertility and Heart Health Awareness

Since February is “Heart Awareness Month” I have had many patients ask if and how their fertility treatment will affect their heart. Although there is not a lot of research on this topic, there is one good study called the GRAVID Study (General Reproductive Assistance and Vascular Illness Study)....more

The Physiology of a Broken Heart

Valerie Tonner RMT LCSP (Phys.) HEALTH COACH a comprehensive guide for a healthy lifestyle  Emotions can cause actual physical events within the architecture of the heart. Extreme emotion can cause adrenaline to fill the bloodstream to such an extent that the blood becomes like a poison, damaging muscles, including the heart.Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction...more

The day I saw my dad cry

It’s only happened a few times.  That I’ve seen.When his mom died, his dad, our sweet golden retriever Cookie, and my wedding day.And I quote his Father of the Bride speech, “I didn’t lose a daughter that day…I gained a bathroom.”  But his jokes didn’t fool me.  I saw his eyes when we had our dance.  For the 3 seconds I could handle looking before my heart was a puddle of mush on the floor.  Geeze, Dad, don’t cry.  I paid good money for this makeup job.  Or, wait.  Maybe it was your money....more

Rock it in Red

It's February, the month of love.  Some of us may be gearing up for Valentines Day and sending sweet nothings to the person we love, but we want to focus on YOUR HEART and loving IT!  That’s why we’reGOING RED!  I know it seems like we hear it all the time, but it bears reminding again – heart disease is the number one killer of women.  It kills more women than all cancers combined.  That’s pretty serious business, so no more denying it, Ladies – we need to take ownership of our hearts.  I think we all know the important things to do to keep our he...more

Weight Loss is Good for your Heart Health

Why Weight Loss is good for your heart healthWe all know what it’s like to make that resolution to get up off the couch and start going back to the gym at the start of the New Year. Good luck finding a spot on the elliptical – everyone has the same  resolution to finally get in shape and starts now. I hope you’ll stick with it and continue exercising on a regular basis every week this year....more

Heart Health: An appetite appealing visual aid

 So here is a photo of much of what my recent grocery shopping trip consisted of....more

How's Your Heart?

Did you know that February is Heart Month?   Appropriate with Valentine’s Day being tomorrow…. ...more

More than Valentine’s Day: Taking Care of Our Hearts

By Sec. Kathleen SebeliusSecretary of Health and Human Services February is American Heart Month, which makes this a good time to talk about the ways the Affordable Care Act helps us take better care of our hearts. Right now, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Every year, it takes the lives of more than half a million Americans: these are our grandparents, our parents, our siblings, our friends, and our neighbors.   ...more
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Cranberry and Toasted Pecan Bread with a Citrus Glaze

This Friday, February 1st is the 10th annual Wear Red Day, a national campaign raising awareness on the leading killer of women: heart disease. Thankfully women have started to realize that heart disease is a serious health issue not just affecting men. The cool thing is, each of us can make lifestyle choices that can positively impact our destiny....more

Your Blood Type Can Determine Your Risk of Heart Disease?

There has been some interesting research coming out lately looking at various blood types (Type A, B, AB, or O) as an indicator for risk of heart disease.  To me, this is really fascinating, because there are so many times that people come up to me and tell me a horrible story about someone who is totally fit, eats right, young, and then "drops dead of a heart attack" (a quote I hear a lot).  I always think that there has to be a family history, something undiagnosed, or a predisposing factor....more