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Frank Diaz’s PAD Odyssey, Part 2

In Part One, Frank and Maria had spent the first 18 months of their marriage in and out of the hospital dealing with poor blood flow and lesions that would not heal on his right leg. Read the conclusion of this dramatic story.

Wholly Committed to Being Half the Woman She Used to Be

Her knees ached constantly. Her back, too. She knew why. Having long struggled to control the quality and quantity of her diet, her weight had ballooned to 380 pounds. Now she’s half the woman she used to be and committed to to better health.

You Gotta Believe

On a frigid morning in April 2016, he stood in the parking lot of the cardiac rehab center, looking at the front entrance about 100 feet away. It looked like an impossible distance.

Shock at the Beach

Had just one thing not gone as it did, this sudden cardiac arrest survivor might not have lived to tell this story.

A Letter to My Father

“I realized what your children wanted from you is what my kids want from me – a healthy father who will be around to share in their family’s lives,” writes Tony Westbrooks after receiving the same diagnosis his late father had.

My Dearest Heart …

A transplant recipient writes a letter reflecting on her complex relationship with, and deep appreciation for the heart she’s saying goodbye to.

The (Surprising) Secrets of Long-term Success

Heart attack survivor, Beth Woodard, poses an important question for heart patients: What can we do to make sure our good intentions become good practices? She shares her surprising secrets for success.

Reinventing My Life After Cardiac Arrest

For the 5 percent of people who survive sudden cardiac arrest a defibrillator usually revives them. Without a timely burst of power to the chest the other 95 percent die. I was one of those rare survival statistics.

Strong Survivor

Around 2008, a visit to a cardiologist produced a wait-and-see diagnosis. The doctor didn’t say anything more about it, and Susan didn’t ask. She had no idea that a murmur was connected to valve disease.

Frank Diaz's PAD Odyssey

Frank was introduced to PAD while driving. He was on his way home when his right ankle stopped working. Up to that point in his life, despite 30 years of living with diabetes, he knew little about PAD.

Heart Failure as a Side Effect

Aimee Rodriguez-Zepeda thought her greatest trial was over after she survived cancer at 33. But six years later, she was diagnosed with heart failure, a side effect of chemotherapy.

Taking Steps to Not Follow in Her Father's

By her own admission, Portia Rindos was doing just about everything wrong before passing out at work. At some level, she knew that was taking her down a path going nowhere good. Luckily her doctor helped her take control of her heart health.
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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.