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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.

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.

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.

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.

Preaching What She Practices

Marcie Wilson wrestled with AFib for years before getting an ablation. Today this CVD community outreach nurse gets to share what she has learned about heart healthy living every day.

Not Complaining About Flight Delay

As she prepared for a trip home for the July 4 holiday, Denise Castille got a text message that likely saved her life. Her flight was delayed by more than an hour. Shortly after that, she started feeling like something massive was sitting on her chest, stifling her breath.

Riding For His Life (or How I Was Saved by a Tricky Wife)

Robert Blodgett is clear: He was tricked into staying alive. If he’d had his way, he’d be dead from a heart attack. It likely would have been massive as three of his coronary arteries were 99 percent blocked and two others weren’t much better.

Comfort Comes in Different Flavors

After 44 years of marriage and 44 years as a nurse, Ann Dobkowski thought she knew what would ease husband Dennis’s anxiety when he needed aortic heart valve replacement surgery at age 67. She didn’t.

The Courage to Change

For months I had been experiencing occasional discomfort in my chest when eating. I attributed it to eating too quickly when I was hungry. My husband thought I might have a hernia. It didn’t occur to me to mention it to my doctor, even though I saw one regularly.

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.
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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.