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28-year-old clings to hope as he awaits a new heart


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Felix Aguirre has always been close to his family. The oldest of four siblings, he’s known for putting the needs of his relatives above his own. A recent diagnosis of heart failure has reaffirmed those relationships.

Aguirre’s heart troubles started in December 2014 when, […]

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Texas father changes culinary traditions for his daughter’s heart health


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Giving up pancetta and canned vegetables was bad enough. It was harder to cut out garlic salt. Mike Brusa worried his Italian dishes would lose their signature flavor, but he had promised his daughter he’d cook healthier to help her get well.

“This condition […]

Food, family and the health scare that changed it all


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The Arias family gatherings are about food.

The tamales, roast pork, rice, beans and other foods served at birthday celebrations, Mother’s Day and weddings are the dishes Javier Arias and his seven siblings grew up eating in rural northern Mexico. Decades after moving to the […]

El secreto para crear hábitos de alimentación saludables: que sea un asunto familiar


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Que sea divertido, que sea divertido, que sea divertido.

Esta es la recomendación que la dietista Candace Johnson hace a los papás para que sus hijos hagan ejercicio y coman sus arvejas y zanahorias. Pero la clave es hacer esos cambios en familia, dijo.

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Teen’s commitment to health inspires family to follow her lead


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The weight gain started when Maryflor Peña was in sixth grade. She was eating more of everything — more pasta, more pancakes, more tacos. She’d gained 65 pounds by the time she was in seventh grade.

Tests at a checkup showed her 12-year-old body […]

The secret to creating healthy eating habits: Make it a family affair


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Make it fun, make it fun, make it fun.

That’s how dietitian Candace Johnson recommends parents get their children to exercise and eat their peas and carrots. But doing those things as a family is the key, she said.

Johnson uses a family-centered approach at […]

Low social support linked to poor health in young heart attack survivors

Having few friends, family and a general lack of social support is associated with poor health and quality of life and depression in young men and women a year after having a heart attack, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Social support is the […]

Fun Ideas for Family Fitness with Your Kids

Exercise is very important for your family.  There are many benefits to fitness.

have stronger muscles and bones
have a leaner body because exercise helps control body fat
be less likely to become overweight
decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
possibly lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels
have a better outlook on life

One […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Death of a sibling can cause real heart ache

If your sibling dies, it might be a good idea for you to get a medical check-up – and to stay on top of your health for years to come.

A new study says your risk of dying from a heart attack may increase after an adult sibling dies. Researchers […]

Happy Independence Day!

Wishing everyone a happy and safe 4th of July! Holidays are a great time to relax and spend time with family and friends, and I hope you’ll enjoy yours to the fullest. And if you plan to be outdoors, please keep in mind the American Heart Association’s tips to […]