You may think you know everything you need to do to keep your heart strong and healthy. But maybe you don’t! In fact, it’s vitally important that you do know about some surprising things that can help or harm your heart—and what you need to do about them—because it might literally keep you alive.

The heart of the matter: Bottom Line’s Guide to Surprising Things That Help—or Harm—Your Heart goes beyond the general advice about diet, exercise and medication (if you need it) that you’re already getting from your doctor. Instead, we tell you what he or she might not be telling you, such as signs of heart disease that even doctors miss…a spicy food that keeps your arteries healthy (we include recipes!)…how tickling your ear a certain way improves your cardiovascular health…a common vaccine that protects your heart…the friendly habit that reduces your risk of heart attack 45%…and much more.

Read below for more about these and other surprising ways to keep your heart healthy…

What You Didn’t Know…

Hidden Causes of Heart Disease—Six Little-Known Risk Factors

Microvascular Disease Is Hard to Detect and Very Dangerous

Why a Creased Earlobe May Kill You and Other Hidden Signs of Heart Problems

How to Avoid a Heart Attack in Extreme Weather

Irregular Heartbeat? It May Be Your Pain Reliever

What Your Age at Menopause Means for Your Heart

Migraine with Aura: A Big Risk Factor for Heart Disease

Boost Your Heart Naturally

6 Secrets to Holistic Heart Care

See a Naturopathic Doctor for a Healthy Heart

Let Vitamin D Improve Your Heart and Your Sex Life

Heart Rhythm Problem? These Supplements Can Help

Yoga for Men: The Secret to a Flat Stomach, Healthy Heart and Better Sex

Is Mental Stress Hurting Your Heart? Here’s What Helps

What Also Keeps Your Ticker Ticking!

TENS of the Ear May Prevent Heart Disease

Being Neighborly Promotes a Healthy Heart

How the Flu Vaccine May Help Your Heart

Delicious Ways to Eat Heart-Healthy!

The Spice That Could Save Your Heart

Hot Peppers Are Good for Your Heart

Why Cheese Is Surprisingly Good for Your Heart

The Best Kind of Milk for Your Heart

The Pizza That Fights Heart Disease (Cancer, Too)

Red Wine or White Wine: Does It Matter to Your Heart?

Better Than Olive Oil? Try Heart-Healthy Sesame and Rice Bran Oils