heart health

Hail Kale! Why You Should (or Shouldn’t) Eat It

Posted on 03/25/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWe are in the midst of a kale craze. The dark green leafy vegetable is everywhere, from upscale restaurant menus to the grocery store snack food aisle (think kale chips). It’s been called “the new beef” because of its high iron content. It’s been hailed as the “queen of greens” because, well, it’s fun to say. Even the health-conscious White House has gotten in on the trend with a kale salad that was the hit of the Obamas’ Thanksgiving menu …

During American Heart Month, NIH Offers Heart Healthy Advice

Posted on 02/27/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal Health The following is a guest post by Chhanda Dutta, Ph.D., Chief, Clinical Gerontology Branch, National Institute on Aging (NIA), NIH and Janet M. de Jesus, M.S., R.D., Nutritionist, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), NIH During February, American Heart Month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) urges you to take action to keep your heart healthy. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. About 1 in 8 women aged 45-64 has heart disease, …

Mediterranean Diet Beats Low-Fat to Cut Heart Disease

Posted on 02/25/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhich diet would you rather follow to protect against heart disease and stroke — the Mediterranean diet, which stresses fish, nuts, olive oil, beans, fresh veggies and wine, or a low-fat diet, which basically makes you cranky and miserable? We all know the answer to this one, and now science backs us up. A major study in Spain of nearly 7,450 adults ages 55 to 80 who were at high risk for heart disease found that those who followed a …

Sen. Kirk Lays Out Struggles After Stroke

Posted on 02/6/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIn a sort of mini-memoir, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) lays out the struggles and introspection that sprang from his year-long battle to heal from an ischemic stroke. “I’m different from what I was,” Kirk writes in a first-person story for the Washington Post. “My left leg and left arm might never work like they once did, but my mind is sharp. I’m capable of doing the work entrusted to me by the people of Illinois, but I am forever changed.” Kirk …

Does Going Vegetarian Cut Heart Attack Risk?

Posted on 02/4/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA large, new British study of vegetarians in the U.K. found that a meatless, fishless diet cut the risk of being hospitalized or dying from heart disease by a third — news that got a lot of publicity in this country last week. The study tracked nearly 45,000 people living in England and Scotland, of which about a third indicated they were vegetarians and ate no meat or fish. After about 10 years of follow-up, researchers found that the vegetarians …

Berries May Cut Women’s Heart Attack Risk

Posted on 01/16/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAn apple a day may keep the doctor away, but for women, eating berries three times a week may keep the cardiologist at bay. A large new study that followed nearly 94,000 young and middle-aged women for 18 years found that those who ate three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week had a 32 percent lower risk of heart attack. The women, ages 25 to 42, were registered with the long-running Nurses’ Health Study II. They completed …