Gina Demillo Wagner

Tune Up

Prescribing exercise for your heart is like buying wine for a dinner party. You know it's a good idea, but what kind? How much? The good news: Even a small amount of aerobic activity yields some...

Your Heart

Stay in Circulation

Sorry, abs: One muscle trumps all others. Keep your ticker in top shape with our complete guide to cardio health.

The Pump House

How It Works The heart has four chambers that pump, on average, about 2,000 gallons of blood per day. The upper chambers are called the atria, and the lower chambers, the ventricles. The left...

Test Your Ticker

Here are two easy ways to get a quick measure of heart health. (1) Go to the National Institutes of Health's online risk-assessment calculator ( to learn...

Lower Your Risk

Lower Your Risk

Of all the idiot ways to bite the dust, heart disease ranks right up there with BASE jumping into a strong headwind. In both cases, poor choices are almost always to blame. A 2004 study called...

Eat Like a Greek

One more reason to envy homeowners on Santorini: The incidence of coronary-artery disease in Mediterranean countries is among the world's lowest. Researchers think diet is one of the reasons (...

Live Well, Live Long

You've eliminated the obvious risk factors, improved your diet, and maxed out your cardio training. Now what? The best thing you can do for your heart, we're happy to report, is take a nap. Among...

Owner's Manual: Your Eyes

Look Sharp

Put down that dumbell and pay attention: Your eyes need training, too. Upgrade this all-important organ with our complete guide to better vision.

Roll With It

Believe it: LOGROLLING is hot. The annual Teva Mountain Games, in Vail, Colorado, demo'd the sport last summer, and now you can join a rolling class at dozens of pools and lakes nationwide (see...

Snow Cones Don't Count

How does an athlete stay fit and healthy during the coldest months? Eat seasonally.