Busting Heart Health Myths

When you think of heart disease, your mind may quickly picture an older man with a previous heart attack, family history of high blood pressure and years of smoking history. But that's not the whole story. “Even people who seem to be in perfect health can be affected by heart disease," says Michael Gardner, MD, a Northwest Regional Heart & Vascular cardiologist.


Making Borscht More Heart-Healthy

Borscht is typically made with red meat. For a heart-healthy version, choose ground turkey, double the beans or use tofu. Tomatoes, parsnips and potatoes add potassium, which can help lower blood pressure. Less sodium is also better for blood pressure, and this recipe keeps it under 500 milligrams per serving.