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When a chronic condition is as prevalent as heart disease, it’s crucial for patients and the people who love them to be able to find the support they need. Our top picks for heart disease blogs of 2016 are there to answer the call.
More than half a million people in the United States die of heart disease each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because it’s one of the most common chronic health conditions, there are numerous resources online to help educate, empower, and provide support.
Some of these blogs are run by individuals, while others are sponsored by large organizations. But what they have in common is a desire to raise awareness, boost research, and offer support.
Adult Congenital Heart Association’s Blog
The blog of the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) is dedicated to people with congenital heart defects. Many of these defects are discovered when a child is born, and others much later in life.
Here you’ll find thought-provoking, informative, and personal blog posts from a variety of writers on a wide array of heart conditions and defects. Recent posts include a list of reasons why one woman has learned to love her heart defect, while another celebrates all the firsts that came after open-heart surgery.
Tweet them: @ACHA_Heart
American Heart Association’s Blog
When you think of all of the nonprofit organizations that support heart disease, the American Heart Association is probably near the top of that list. Their entire website is a vast library of information, but we’re calling out their blog specifically for the quality posts and information.
What we like about it: The organization takes scientific developments in the news, and discusses what they mean for patients on an individual level. You can learn about how alcohol consumption may increase your risk for heart disease, how yogurt may encourage heart health in women, and so much more.
Tweet them: @American_Heart
The Clinton Foundation
Former President Bill Clinton is one of the millions of Americans living with heart disease. The Clinton Foundation is involved in many things, and promoting greater health is one of them. From their efforts to combat childhood obesity, to their drive to support maternal health across the globe, there is plenty of worthwhile reading to be found here.
On their blog, you can search for stories tagged with “heart health” and find numerous resources for basic education on heart disease, as well as posts that profile several families affected by it.
Tweet them: @ClintonFdn
Congestive Heart Failure News from Drugs.com
If you’re interested in the latest scientific updates concerning congestive heart failure and heart disease, this news reel from Drugs.com is a good place to frequent. Not only are you going to find worthwhile advice, but you can stay on the cutting edge of prevention and treatment.
Tweet them: @Drugscom
Dr. John M.
Dr. John Mandrola is a cardiac electrophysiologist. A what? To put it simply, he says, he’s a heart doctor that specializes in heart rhythm disorders. As you might expect from a man with a title like that, his blog spends a considerable time delving into medical topics related to heart disease.
If you’re interested in learning more about the science behind heart disease and complications, Dr. John has a unique way of turning complex terminology into words that are understandable to all eyes.
Tweet Dr. Mandrola: @drjohnm
Dr. Sinatra’s Heart Health Blog
Dr. Stephen Sinatra is a cardiologist who’s been practicing for more than 35 years, and he works as an author and speaker as well. On his comprehensive website, you’ll find Heart Health blog, where he’s frequently sharing sage advice from his years of experience.
He manages to explain complex medical topics, like mitral valve prolapse, in plain English, and also writes about research advancements, dietary tips, and what to do to lower your risk for heart disease.
Go Red for Women
The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign takes a unique and much-needed look at heart disease among women. Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in the United States, but women’s risk factors for heart problems aren’t always given as much attention as they need.
Here, women with heart disease and the people who love them can find support and information that speaks to their specific needs. One of the features we particularly like is the personal stories of women living with heart disease, like Paula, who suffered cardiac arrest after years of ignoring her own health while being a caregiver for her mother.
Tweet them: @GoRedForWomen
Harvard Heart Health
Authoritative sources aren’t always the easiest to read, but Harvard’s Heart Health blog is both easy to read and highly informative, written by a plethora of experts from one of the nation’s most prestigious academic institutions.
You’ll find analysis of the latest advancements in research and treatments, but many of their posts touch on every day, immediately applicable topics, like how much exercise you really need.
Tweet them: @HarvardHealth
The Heart Foundation’s Blog
Its being based in New Zealand isn’t the only reason why we think the Heart Foundation’s blog is special. The organization works to raise awareness about heart disease, support research, and spread prevention efforts.
Their blog posts vary from medical information and advice, to suggestions on how to stick to an exercise routine, how to feed your family the most heart-healthy foods, and what to watch out for when you’re eating out. You’ll also find stories of personal triumph from people living with heart disease.
Tweet them: @HeartNZ
Heart Sisters is a compelling blog from a health advocate and someone with heart disease. Carolyn Thomas is a public speaker with a background in communications and journalism, which is perhaps why her blog is so enjoyable to read.
If you’re looking for a heart disease blog that goes beyond exercise and food tips, this may be the one. Carolyn doesn’t only write about the physical aspects, but also the emotional and mental ones, like what grief can do to your eating habits, and dealing with post-heart attack depression.
Tweet Carolyn: @HeartSisters
Lisa Nelson, R.D.
Lisa Nelson is a registered dietitian who has struggled with borderline high cholesterol since she was in her 20s. On her blog, she combines her personal experiences with her professional expertise.
Here, you’ll learn all about heart-healthy habits, diet-related ones in particular. She gives sound advice, delves into popular topics like heart health apps and holiday meals, and answers commonly asked questions about heart disease.
Tweet Lisa: @LisaNelsonRD
What Would Cathy Eat?
A big part of living with heart disease is knowing what to eat so that you can control your risk factors and better prevent another cardiac event.
Cathy Elton found out at the age of 44 that she had a 90 percent-blocked artery. Since that wakeup call, she’s been creating delicious but heart-healthy dishes to keep her health under control, like baked falafel and cherry pie. Fortunately for us, she’s also been sharing them. If you’re the type to think healthy food has to be boring or bland, Cathy’s the type to prove you wrong.
Tweet Cathy: @cathyeats
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