As a cardiac registered dietitian, I meet with many people who are trying to learn about the correct eating patterns to protect their hearts. Here are the top myths I hear from my patients and keep you up to date about current heart-healthy recommendations.
Don't eat eggs (or shrimp or shellfish)
Research shows moderate alcohol consumption reduces the risk of heart disease by 30 to 50 percent but the key to alcohol and heart health is moderation. In small amounts, alcohol can raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and it can also reduce the risk of blood
One of the easiest and most efficient ways to work out is to use your own body weight for resistance. Not only are body-weight workouts popular in current workout trends, but these types of workouts and exercises have long been used in the military and athletic training world. Here are
Hard work pays off. While the most elite athletes have often been blessed with enormous amounts of talent, every athlete in the winter games has one thing in common: practice, practice, practice. Maybe your son wants to be a premier violinist. Maybe your daughter wants to be a weightlifter. Teach
Are you pressed for time? Interval training is a great way to improve your endurance and exercise performance in a short amount of time. Athletes know the magic of interval training; they use this type of training all the time to improve their performance. Interval training is a method of
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and high blood pressure is one of the major contributing factors. Eating too much salt may be one of the primary culprits to blame for high blood pressure. The AHA recommends that people should limit
Are you feeling like you have to load up on heavy starches and fats during the winter because of the lack of produce? The winter months can be an easy time to get off the fruit and vegetable wagon, since there are not as many fresh choices from which to
What’s the smartest thing to do if you’re having chest pain or other heart attack symptoms such as shortness of breath? Call 911 immediately to receive emergency care.
In McHenry County, emergency heart care begins as soon as paramedics arrive at the scene of a heart attack. They perform an EKG
There are a number of ways to prevent and reverse atherosclerosis. They include:
Eat a healthy diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It should also be rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, lose weight.
Don't smoke. If you smoke, quit.
If your doctor
Stay ahead of heart disease by talking to your doctor about your heart health. By having open conversations with your doctor, you will become an active part of your health care team.
To make it easier to start the conversation, ask a trusted friend or family member to go to your