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Can Strengthening Your Muscles Also Strengthen Your Heart?

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 8, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Lifting weights does more than build strong bones. Strength training can also contribute to heart health by building lean muscle mass, which helps to burn extra calories, keep blood sugar in check and improve cholesterol levels.

Strength training, especially for older adults, can also make it easier to perform everyday activities such as lifting a bag of groceries. Resistance exercises are also important for bone health and can help prevent osteoporosis.

Many fitness centers offer low impact strength-training classes. But if you cannot get to a gym and feel uncomfortable working with weights at home, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests trying some of the following activities for strength training:

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Topics: Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Care

The Salty Six: The Hidden Sodium in the Foods We Love

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 6, 2017 10:42:22 AM

February is American Heart Month. One way to help take the strain off our hearts—specifically, our blood pressure—is to reduce the amount of sodium in our diets. We do need some sodium to regulate blood pressure, but too much is unhealthy.

Unfortunately, we tend to ingest a lot of sodium through the foods we eat.

Courtesy of the American Heart Association, here are six popular foods that are loaded with sodium.

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Topics: Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Care

Buffalo Chicken Pizza Will Heat Up Your Super Bowl Party

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM

For a thin-crust pizza that can be ready in minutes, try this Buffalo chicken pizza. Whole grain flat breads make an easy crust. For a less spicy Buffalo chicken, hold off on the hot sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp trans fat free margarine
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2–3 Tbsp hot sauce, medium to spicy heat
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 4 whole grain flat breads (about 7 inches each)
  • 2 Tbsp shredded part-skim mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 Tbsp reduced-fat blue cheese crumbles
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
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Healthy Mac and Cheese Bites Bound to Be a Party Crowd Pleaser

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 1, 2017 2:17:51 PM

Here’s an easy appetizer for your next football party. These healthy mac and cheese bites will be a crowd favorite.

Ingredients

 
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 3/4 cup nonfat sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp trans fat free margarine, melted
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups (8 oz) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cups cooked multigrain elbow macaroni (about 2 cups uncooked)
  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • Hot sauce, optional
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Add Heart-Healthy Pulled Pork Sliders to Your Party Menu

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 1, 2017 2:08:45 PM

This quick, easy recipe for pulled pork sliders will keep you out of the kitchen and at the party with your guests. The garlic spinach topping adds a hearty flavor to the mellow pork. 

 

Ingredients

 
  • 1 lb pork loin
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups chopped spinach
  • 18 whole wheat mini-burger buns, split

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Lightly coat a shallow skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Sear pork loin in skillet over medium-high heat, turning to brown all sides. Transfer to baking pan and cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted in the center registers 145°. As an alternative to baking in the oven, the pork loin can be cooked in a slow-cooker, on high, for 4 hours.
  • Allow pork loin to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Using 2 forks, shred pork completely. In a large bowl, toss pork with BBQ sauce, coating evenly.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add spinach and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes, or until spinach is wilted.
  • Transfer pulled pork to buns and top with spinach. Serve hot.
Yield:  18 sliders
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Einstein Philadelphia Adds Fourth Cardiac Cath Lab

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 1, 2017 10:30:00 AM

A new catheterization lab is opening at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, which will expand capacity by 25 percent, bringing the number of cath labs at the Philadelphia campus to four.

The new lab reflects the increasing demand for procedures which can be performed without open heart surgery. “People want minimally invasive options,” said Jon George, MD, medical director of the Catheterization Laboratory. “Sometimes if you offer surgery as the only option, patients decline and don’t get treatment. If you are able to offer a less invasive option, they may be more willing to do it.”

While opening blocked arteries in the heart is now commonplace, newer technology has enabled interventionalists to expand the spectrum of minimally invasive therapies. Diseased heart valves can now be replaced without open heart surgery through catheters, and blockages in veins, the vessels that return blood back to the heart, are also treatable in the lab.  All of these procedures are performed with a multi-disciplinary team in place, after discussion of the benefits and risks of open surgery versus minimally invasive procedures.

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Topics: Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Care

Getting Back in Shape after a Heart Attack

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 1, 2017 10:30:00 AM

A heart attack affects more than just the heart muscle. Emotions, self-confidence and plans for the future can all take a beating in the days and weeks following this traumatic event. Here are a few guidelines for moving forward and making the transition back to a heart-healthy life.

1. Understand what went wrong and what you can do about it.

Knowing what contributed to your heart attack—high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, etc.—will help you understand why certain medications are being prescribed for you. It will also make you a more informed participant in a personalized exercise program.

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Topics: Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Care

Party Down With Hearty Bean and Cheese Tostadas

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM


A hunger fighting powerhouse, the black beans in this yummy tostada are a great source of lean protein without saturated fat. Zucchini, corn and cherry tomatoes help make this colorful vegetarian recipe a satisfying meal.

Ingredients

 

  • 8 corn tortillas (6-inch diameter)
  • 1 can (14 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cooked corn
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 1/2 oz grated reduced-fat white cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (1/4 cup)
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1 small avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped
  • Lime wedges, optional

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Arrange tortillas on 2 baking sheets and toast in oven until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove from baking sheets.
  • Lightly spray baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray. Spread beans and onion on one and zucchini and jalapeños on the other. Lightly coat vegetables with cooking spray, season with the black pepper and roast until golden, 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Transfer half the beans and onion to a bowl with the water and mash beans with the back of a fork until smooth. (Add more water to reach desired consistency, if necessary.) Spread mixture onto tortillas.
  • Toss remaining beans and onion with zucchini, jalapeños and corn and divide among tortillas. Top each tostada with tomatoes, cilantro, cheese, scallions and avocado. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.
Yield:  8 servings 
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This Creamy Peanut Butter Snack Will Sweeten Up Your Super Bowl Party

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 31, 2017 11:39:24 AM

Here’s a healthy snack you can make in minutes. This delicious peanut butter recipe is a healthy dip for sliced apples, bananas or low-fat honey graham crackers.

Ingredients

 

  • 2/3 cup crumbled firm tofu
  • 2/3 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 4 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Apple and banana slices, optional
  • Low fat honey graham crackers, optional
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Serve Up Heart-Healthy Nacho Snacks for Your Big Party

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Jan 30, 2017 9:46:12 AM

The filling for these nacho snacks works great in corn taco shells too. Perfect party food, these nacho snacks are a fun make-your-own finger food recipe.

Ingredients

 

  • 1 large Spanish onion, sliced thin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast 
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 24 baked round corn chips 
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