Prevent Stroke: Know the Risks and Warning Signs

Nurse measuring patient blood pressure

Did You Know?

  • Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death, and a leading cause of disability in the U.S.
  • Your risk for stroke doubles for every 10 years, after age 55.
  • Women’s risk of stroke is higher compared to men; more than 100,000 women under age 65 will have a stroke this year.
  • Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death for African-Americans. For Hispanics, it’s ranked third.
  • Calling 9-1-1 when a stroke is suspected is crucial: If given within three hours of symptoms, a clot-busting drug called “tPA” (tissue plasminogen activator) can often reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.

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Women, Heart Disease, and Taking Care of You

Mom with baby talking on the phone

“Hi, sorry to bother you, but I think I may be having a little heart attack.“

So begins the call to 9-1-1 from the kitchen floor in the short film A Little Heart Attack, directed by and starring Emmy-award-winning actress Elizabeth Banks for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® website.

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Veggies with a Touch of Lemon

Broccoli and cauliflower dish

Here’s a fast, savory, and versatile vegetable side dish, with broccoli and cauliflower as the stars (but you can always add in other vegetables, or switch some out using the same simple dressing ingredients).* Tap into a good source of calcium (10 mg.) that has no cholesterol, plus is very low in fat (2 grams, with 1 g. saturated) and sodium (just 7 g.), with 1 g. of iron. You’ll use this veggie quick-fix often with just 10 minutes to prep and 20 to cook.

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I Love Brushing: Brush Your Way to Better Heart Health

Family getting ready in the morning

If you’re wondering what brushing your teeth has to do with a healthy heart, you’re not alone. In the past few years, scientists have been studying (and debating) the potential link between oral health and heart health. Those who have periodontal (gum) disease are almost twice as likely to have heart disease, says the American Academy of Periodontology.

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Heart-Healthy Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

No one might ever guess that this rich-tasting healthier version of Beef Stroganoff is made with non-fat plain yogurt instead of traditional sour cream. (You can tell them later!)

At just 499 calories, 10 grams of fat (3 saturated), 79 mg. of cholesterol, and 200 mg. sodium, it’s a lighter-but-still- satisfying take on a classic.  At just a 20-minute prep time with only 25 minutes to cook, it’s both simple and impressive for family or friends.

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Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Cauliflower tabbouleh

A twist on traditional tabbouleh, this one is grain-free and therefore gluten-free as well (just make sure all other ingredients are also certified gluten-free to be extra sure, if you’re following a gluten-free diet). Low in fat and sodium, and zero cholesterol, it’s also a good source of potassium at 280 mg. Cauliflower boosts the veggie content for a delectable side dish or on its own!

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