Fall 2015

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Beating the Curse of HBP

Actor Lamman Rucker was always good at impersonations, and that ability set him on the acting path, where he has found success. His ability to impersonate has been good for his health because he has imitated his parents’ good eating and physical activity habits. This has helped him avoid high blood pressure.

Take an Easy Step Toward Better Heart Health

Every prescription for heart health includes some form of physical activity. If you have been sedentary for very long, an easy and effective way to ease back into activity is to start walking.

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.

A Rough Pregnancy

“I couldn’t lie flat to sleep, started coughing while lying down and had to use the bathroom every 45 minutes to an hour.” It turned out Rebecca Stewart had peripartum cardiomyopathy - heart failure due to pregnancy.

Tanya Mathys' Why

When Ken slumped over in the passenger seat, Tanya didn’t have to think about what to do — after all, she is a health educator and has been teaching CPR through the American Heart Association for 15 years.

One Lucky Dude

On August 25, 2010, I earned the title of "one lucky dude." It was awarded to me by "Dr. Andy," an ER doctor I had just "met" that day. The circumstances of our meeting were less than ideal. In fact, they were nearly tragic for me and my family — wife Wendy, son Isaac and beautiful Ashley. We met because of a complete blockage of my left anterior descending artery (LAD).

Progress in Explaining the Unknown

25 percent to 30 percent of ischemic strokes are unexplained. In medical language, these are called "cryptogenic strokes." Up to 200,000 survivors annually don’t know what caused their strokes.

Tips for Managing your Meds

Most people with cardiovascular disease are taking doctor-prescribed medications. Those drugs cannot work as expected if they are not taken as directed. Medication adherence (taking medicines as prescribed) is important to effectively manage a condition. Here are some tips for doing that.

3 Ways to Be Sure You Exercise Safely

Getting enough physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health and it’s important to be sure that when you exercise, you’re doing it safely. Learn three ways to do just that.

Money Troubles Become Heart Troubles

Traumatic events, financial struggles may threaten women's heart health.

Support group, home exercise improves mobility for PAD patients

Support group, home exercise improves mobility for PAD patients

An Avocado a Day may Help Keep Bad Cholesterol at Bay

Eating an avocado every day as part of a heart healthy, cholesterol-lowering, moderate-fat diet can help improve bad cholesterol levels in overweight and obese people, according to research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Minnesota initiative aims to reduce heart attacks

Minnesota initiative aims to reduce heart attacks.

How Quitting Smoking Improves Your Life - Short-term and Long

In your first 20 minutes after quitting, your heart rate goes down.By now every smoker knows the habit is unhealthy, but there’s more to quitting than frightening statistics. There are many benefits to smoke-free living, and you don’t have to wait a year to experience them — they begin immediately. Here’s a timeline of how your life improves.

Calling 911 in rural areas leads to faster heart attack care

Calling 911 in rural areas leads to faster heart attack care

Overcoming the ‘Chicken-Wire’ Objection

"With a total of four stents will I ever have enough strength to return to normal activities?" I asked. I suspect others who have had surgery or a serious illness are left wondering the same thing.

What’s that you’re Drinking?

A lot of calories may come from what you drink. Some beverages offer nutrient benefits and others don’t. Understanding the good and bad points of what you drink is as important as doing the same for what you eat.

Moderate drinking in later years may damage heart

Moderate drinking in later years may damage heart
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Heart News

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.