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Your Guide to a Heart-Healthy Grocery List

A Johns Hopkins nutrition expert shows how easy it can be to fill your cart with foods that offer lower blood pressure and good fats for your heart.

The Power of Gut Bacteria and Probiotics for Heart Health

Bacteria may benefit heart health in surprising ways. Here’s what Johns Hopkins researchers are learning about that connection and the power of probiotics—and prebiotics—in your diet.

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A Heart-Smart Approach to Marathons and Vigorous Exercise

Recent studies warned of a link between marathon running and heart risks. Here’s what the results really mean—and how to approach this and other intense activities with heart health in mind.

Could a Fitness Tracker Boost Your Heart Health?

A Johns Hopkins cardiologist shares why these devices work to improve heart health for so many people, along with five easy ways to incorporate one into your daily life.

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Stay Healthy

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6 Healthy Heart Splurges

Making heart-healthy choices shouldn’t be drudgery. In fact, a Johns Hopkins heart disease expert says it can be downright enjoyable.

Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

Ready to take action to lower your high blood pressure? Start with these lifestyle changes.

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Know Your Risks

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5 Things You Should Know about Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

AFib is the most common type of cardiac arrhythmia. Learn more about the symptoms of AFib and how it can be treated.

Cholesterol: 5 Truths to Know

How much of what you hear about cholesterol is true? Check out these cholesterol facts that might surprise you.

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Diseases & Conditions

The Metabolic Syndrome

The metabolic syndrome is the name for a cluster of risk factors that raise your risk of heart disease, heart failure and other conditions.

High Blood Pressure: Prevention, Treatment and Research

One in three American adults have a potentially dangerous condition known as high blood pressure, where blood moves more forcefully through the arteries than it should.

Atrial Fibrillation: Prevention, Treatment and Research

With atrial fibrillation, disorganized electrical signals cause the upper two chambers of the heart to quiver, contracting in a very fast and irregular way.

Congestive Heart Failure: Prevention, Treatment and Research

Congestive heart failure (also called heart failure) is a serious condition in which the heart doesn’t pump blood as efficiently as it should.

High Cholesterol: Prevention, Treatment and Research

Cholesterol is a natural component in everyone’s blood. However, when you have too much of this fatty substance, it’s considered a major risk factor for heart attack, heart disease and stroke.

Coronary Artery Disease: Prevention, Treatment and Research

Coronary artery disease is extremely common and is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.