Thursday, May 8, 2014

Have a Healthy Heart!

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the U.S.; stroke, another condition related to heart health, is fourth on the list. The bottom line: cardiovascular health is something that affects everyone, no matter how young or old. But the good news is, there’s a lot you can on your own to improve your cardio health.

The American Heart Association has lots of helpful tips on getting healthy, from weight management to smoking cessation to raising healthy active kids. Keeping an eye on your blood pressure is also a way to monitor your heart health. Take a look at this CDC infographic to see what your blood pressure means, and learn some tips on ways to keep it under control.

The Library has boatloads of books and DVDs about heart health, way too many to list here. But check out this link for a list in our catalog, or simply search for “heart health” in the catalog to get a list of results. Another good search term is “American Heart Association,” which will pull up plenty of cookbooks with heart-healthy recipes.

The Library will also focus on heart health later this month with “Can I Catch That? Cardio Health: Risks, Interventions, and Prevention.” This panel discussion will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27 in the Auditorium at Central Library, 1301 Olive St., 63103. It is the second event in the 2014 Consumer Health Information Speaker Series. 

Next week on the blog, we’ll post more information about the event, including interviews with the two speakers, cardiologist Dr. Angela Brown and pharmacist Anastasia Armbruster. Make sure you check back later on for more info!


  1. Hi Kara, I was just reading up on your blog and had a quick question. I was hoping you could email me when you get the chance, thanks - Emily : )

  2. Hi Emily, go ahead and email me your question at

  3. Heart problems are one of the leading causes of death in the world and many people have a heart attack as the first sign that they may be having a problem. In most cases there are other signs that come prior to the actual heart attack but many people don’t see the signs and leave them alone, not realizing the severity of what is to follow. Your own article is very informative and I want to pay homage on this efforts to aware the people to Prevent heart attack which is common and deadly disease.