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Cooking for Your Heart

Healthy cooking that is good for your heart and good for your taste buds.*

What do you think of when you hear the words, “heart-healthy diet?” Is it bland, tasteless food? Well, think again! Adopting a heart-healthy diet is an important step to reducing your risk for coronary artery disease (CAD), the most common type of heart disease and the leading cause of death in the United States in both men and women.1

* Some of the recipes may not be right for everyone. You may want to talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet. You should follow your doctor’s guidelines or dietary restrictions for heart disease.

Healthy Twists on Traditional Regional Recipes

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Whip up delicious recipes without sacrificing flavor. By making heart-healthy ingredient swaps, you can make a popular dish better for your heart and potentially reduce your risk of developing CAD. See below for healthy, delicious recipes from across the United States!

North East

Clam Chowder

Try this healthy twist on a North East fan favorite - New England style clam chowder from Diabetic Living Magazine.

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Vegetarian Chili

This Slow-Cooker Three-Bean Chili from Midwest Living is full of flavor and heart healthy benefits.

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Fried Chicken

This Zesty "Fried" Chicken from Women's Day, tastes like the real thing, but is much healthier.

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Fish Tacos

Everyone loves fish tacos, but your heart will love these protein-packed Fish Taco Wraps from Eating Well.

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Risk Factors for Heart Disease

There are numerous conditions and lifestyle habits that can increase your chance of developing heart disease. We call these conditions and lifestyle habits, risk factors, and while you may be able to control some factors, others are simply out of your control. That’s why understanding the factors that can increase your risk of developing heart disease is so important. Knowledge is power so that you can take the necessary steps to help reduce the possibility of developing heart disease.

Risk Factors You CAN NOT Control

  • Heredity (Including Race): Having a family history of heart disease increases your risk, and so can race. Black and Hispanic Americans have higher rates of heart disease risk factors such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes.1 Furthermore, black men and women are at greater risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke than white men and women.3
  • Age: As you age, your risk for heart disease increases. About 82 percent of people who die of coronary heart disease are 65 or older.1
  • Gender: Heart disease kills more women than men, although men have higher rates of being diagnosed with heart disease.2, 3

Since you can't do anything about your heredity, age or gender, it's even more important for you to manage the risk factors that can be changed.

Risk Factors You CAN Control

  • Diabetes: Diabetes significantly increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. In fact, at least 65 percent of people with diabetes die from some form of heart or blood vessel disease.1
  • Smoking: Smokers are 2-4 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than of nonsmokers. Just smoking one pack of cigarettes a day doubles your risk of having a heart attack.1
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension): One in three adults living in the United States have high blood pressure.3 For blacks, the prevalence of high blood pressure is among the highest in the world.3
  • High Cholesterol: Only 47.3 percent of adult Americans have healthy cholesterol levels.3 Too much cholesterol (a waxy, fat-like substance) can build up in blood vessels, slowing and possibly blocking blood flow.
  • Obesity: Overall, 68 percent of adult Americans are overweight or obese.1 Black and Latino American women have a higher rate of obesity, which puts them at a higher risk of developing heart disease.1
  • Inactivity: The risk of heart disease increases with physical inactivity. Women, Black and Latino Americans are more likely to be inactive than white men.1
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What is CAD?

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