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Why Cholesterol Matters

Cholesterol can be confusing — how can something that is necessary for human life, that is present in every cell, be bad for us?

Understanding and Tracking Your Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is an important part of everyone’s health, because high blood pressure contributes to many forms of cardiovascular diseases. It benefits everyone to understand and monitor their blood pressure.

Tips for Choosing a Blood Pressure Monitor

Many people have high blood pressure (HBP) for years without knowing it. Generally, there are no symptoms, but when HBP goes untreated, it damages arteries and vital organs throughout your body. That’s why it is often called the “silent killer.”

The Ins & Outs of Hospitalization for Heart Failure (Part Three)

Heart failure patients are often hospitalized. This third installment in our series on heart failure looks at managing self-care to minimize just how often re-hospitalizations happen.

Your Oxygen First

Anyone who has flown commercially has heard the flight attendant's instruction, if the plane loses pressure and the oxygen masks drop, put on your own mask first before trying to help someone else. This is sage advice for family caregivers as well — if caregivers don’t take care of themselves first, eventually they won’t be able to care for their loved one.

Why Every Patient Needs an Advocate

American healthcare is complicated and getting more so. Even the most informed patients and family members entering the healthcare system may have difficulty knowing how to navigate it to receive the best care for themselves and loved ones.

Helpful Resources for Patient Advocates

List of organizations and books that may be helpful for those who serve as patient advocates for family members or friends.

No Place Like Home

What you need to know about home healthcare agencies

No More 'ER'

Miriam and Robert Epps had been married eight years when Robert was diagnosed with aortic regurgitation and required valve replacement surgery. In those eight years she had never seen him sick. “I was scared and stressed by the diagnosis,” she recalled.

Fighting Chronic Pain

Chronic pain occurs when pain signals in the body consistently fire in the nervous system for weeks, months or years. The emotional side effects can be just as unforgiving, causing a variety of conditions like depression, fear and anxiety.

Men Taking Care

A generation ago, male caregivers were rare. Today gender roles are changing — and more people are surviving serious health crises and being released from the hospital sooner. This increases the need for caregiving at home. Now about a third of all caregivers are men.

Chapter Two

Coping with the loss of your loved one's former self
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Heart health news you can use about new scientific findings, public policy, programs and resources.

Heartfelt

Articles, poems and art submitted by heart disease survivors and their loved ones.

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.