Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

By Tareq Harb MD

An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, or AAA, is an abnormal enlargement or bulge in the abdominal section of the aorta, the body’s largest artery that carries blood from the heart to all parts of the body. An aneurysm can cause the aorta to grow to several times its natural size, weakening it, and possibly causing it to rupture.

5 Exercises to Stay Active at Your Desk Job

By Meagan Kline
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It can be hard to stay active when your job involves sitting for the majority of the day. It can be even harder if you had a sedentary job and are dealing with lymphedema, as well. Tina Brown, one of the participants in the My Heart Challenge: Mom's Edition, is doing just that. 

Heart-healthy Recipe: Bulgar Chickpea Salad

By Kary Woodruff
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Bulgar wheat, which is like a cracked wheat, is a healthy source of fiber and protein. It's a wholesome whole grain, and this recipe is a great way to serve up bulgar wheat for your next family meal. Here's the recipe and video demonstration on how to prepare this simple recipe. 

4 Exercises for Your Next Trip to the Playground

By Meagan Kline
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As the weather warms up, and you spend more time outside (like at the playground with your kids) – there’s no excuse to not boost your own activity!  Here are a few exercises that can keep you fit and busy at the playground while your kids run and play, too. 

How to Choose the Right Cooking Oil for Better Heart Health

By Kary Woodruff
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If you read just about any food blog, you understand cooking oils can be quite controversial. Coconut oil seems to be the miracle food. Butter went out of fashion but now seems to be resurfacing. Margarine, on the other hand, came into fashion and now seems to be on the way out. So what to choose? Let’s break down the myths surrounding cooking oils.

6 Kids Games that Burn More Calories than you Think

By Meagan Kline
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How many hours a week do you spend playing with your kids? While you may not have stopped to think about it, engaging in regular play includes many health benefits. Here are six activities you can play with your kids that will keep you active, burn calories and build family-time memories.