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A Daughter's Diagnosis, A Mother's Wake-up Call

Cat Davis Ahmed knew cholesterol was a family problem, but didn’t take it seriously until it affected her daughter.

An Immigrant's Heart Story

When Jang Jaswal immigrated to this country from India in 1985, he assimilated one part of American culture quite enthusiastically: “When I came here, I got hooked on fast-food fried chicken,” he said. “Every lunchtime, I would buy a bucket and eat it.”

Glad to Be Unremarkable

New life experiences described as ‘unremarkable’ merit high approval. A doctor’s appointment that concludes with ‘unremarkable’ in your medical chart is one. A seamless, multi-stop transatlantic flight is another.

Papa Joe Avance's Why

Papa Joe Aviance eats healthy, walks and hopes to run a marathon one day. You’d never guess that just seven years ago he hated exercise and was more than twice the size he is today.

You’re Too Young to Have Heart Disease

My heart story is similar to a lot of women who find out they have cardiovascular issues while pregnant. Luckily for me, I found out before it was too late.

Educate, Advocate & Change Your Ways: Living with PAD

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms and head — most commonly in the arteries of the legs. Survivor Elizabeth Beard shares the wisdom of her experience with PAD.

The Anxiety of Survival: Living in the Wake of a Pulmonary Embolism

Ellie Brady was the picture of health, a wife and mother training for a half marathon. On a nine-mile training run she got out of breath. As the week progressed so did her symptoms — back pain, chest pain, uncontrollable chills — until she could no longer ignore them.

Twice the Diagnosis, Twice the Passion

When Kimberly Ketter was diagnosed with heart failure, her first thought was for her identical twin, Shaun Rivers, to be tested. Her diagnosis was the same, so the twins took up recovery together. Today, they are advocates for heart health in their community.

My Number was 350: Lisa Ranson

“I had no idea what cholesterol was or what impact having high cholesterol could have on me,” she recalled. It wasn’t long before she found out. Within two years she was diagnosed with heart disease and had open-heart surgery for a double bypass.

Living with Pulmonary Hypertension: Monica Penaranda

At age 36, Monica Penaranda of California has lived longer with pulmonary hypertension (PH) than without it. She was diagnosed at 16.

Facing the Inevitable

“Your baby’s only hope for survival is a heart transplant.” No parent is ever prepared to hear those words. And you never forget them, nor who said them, nor the day they were spoken.

Lauri Evan's Why

Lauri was walking back inside when she took a few labored breaths and her heart stopped. Lauri collapsed in front of 18 children, including her two oldest — Jacob, now 9, and Audrey, now 7.
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Life's Simple 7

Improving your health is as easy as minding seven simple health factors and behaviors. Tips and information to help you improve your health and enhance your quality of life.

Life Is Why

Everyone has a reason to live a longer, healthier life. These heart patients, their loved ones and others share their 'whys'. We'd love for you to share yours, too!

Simple Cooking

Cooking at home can be a daunting task, but a rewarding one for your diet and lifestyle (and your wallet). Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. Here are simple, healthy and affordable recipes and cooking tips.