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.

Heart-healthy Recipe: Bulgar Chickpea Salad

By Kary Woodruff

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

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

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

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.

Heart-healthy Recipe: Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

By Kary Woodruff

Today is National Donut Day, so I thought it would be appropriate to share a great recipe for a heart-healthy sweet treat with the moms competing in the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute's My Heart Challenge: Moms Edition. At first thought, black beans and brownies aren't quite the combination you may have had in mind, but it's a recipe I think you'll be delighted with... just don't let your kids know there are beans in the brownies.

How to Get Started with Your Own Exercise Plan

By Meagan Kline

One of the most frequent questions I get asked when as I work with patients to set up an exercise plan is "How do I get started?" Here are some helpful tips I've given to the 15 Utah moms competing in the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute's My Heart Challenge: Moms Edition that will help you get FITT!