Spring 2016

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Left to Our Own Devices

Mobile technologies seem to show promise for helping us improve and manage our health. But what is scientific research to date showing us so far about how that promise is being met?

Ever Hear of Printzmetal’s Angina?

It is seven months since my heart attack, and it has taught me that even though you are healthy, have normal blood pressure and cholesterol, that you can still have a heart attack. I am writing this to educate and warn people.

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.

Controlling Risk When You Have Diabetes

The risk of CVD for people with diabetes is two-fold that of people without it. There have been changes in how doctors help patients manage their CVD risk, and in 2015 the AHA and ADA issued a new scientific statement.

How I Found Peace

At age 69, I had no history of heart problems. On Saturday, August 9, 2014, suddenly I felt dizzy and that was the last I remember. My husband found me wedged between the nightstand and the bed. Immediately he called 911.

Christie Reinhardt’s Why

Christie Reinhardt was pregnant with twins when she experienced a life-threatening aortic dissection. “They told my family there was a surgery they could try, but I had a less than 10 percent chance of survival.”

Do I Need to Worry about Gluten?

Many people who do not have conditions that make them sensitive or allergic to gluten are trying to eat gluten-free because they believe it will help them lose weight or give them energy. But will it?

Is high-fructose corn syrup worse than other added sugars?

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is one of the most common added sugars. HFCS can be used instead of common table sugar and in the 1970s started being used by the food and beverage industry. But is it worse than other added sugars?

7 Springtime Peak Fruits & Vegetables to Enjoy

Starting in mid-to-late spring, lots of fruit and vegetables are coming into season. Here are a few tasty options.

Struggles with Sleep May Affect Heart Disease Risk

Are you getting enough quality sleep? Are you sleeping longer than you should? Poor sleep habits may put you at higher risk for early signs of heart disease when compared to those who get adequate, good quality sleep, according to a study published in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

Physical Activity and Heart Failure Prevention

People who regularly achieved twice the minimum federally recommended levels of physical activity had 20 percent lower risk of developing heart failure than those who met the minimum. People who regularly got four times the minimum physical activity recommendations had 35 percent lower risk, according to research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Females Less Likely to be Prescribed or Take Meds After a Heart Attack

Young women (under age 55) are less likely than young men to be prescribed or to fill their prescription after a heart attack,according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation:Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Mobil Phones Used to Speed Help to Cardiac Arrest

Cities nationwide should consider using mobile phones and apps to connect people in cardiac arrest with nearby CPR-trained rescuers, say new guidelines from the American Heart Association.

Knowing Our Numbers, We Improve Our Health

A study presented at the AHA High Blood Pressure Conference suggested that a platform for tracking blood pressure and other health information helped people with high blood pressure to lower their readings.

High-schoolers who try e-cigs are more likely to smoke

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the last year, e-cigarette use has tripled among middle and high school students, surpassing traditional cigarettes and every other tobacco product.

The Unrelaxing Heart feat. Queen Latifah & Her Mom, Rita Owens (Part Two)

The second of our four-part series on heart failure featuring the personal story of Queen Latifah and her mom, Rita Owens.

What a Silent Heart Attack Sounds Like

When the doctor told Roxanne that the back pain she’d had for six weeks was due to a heart attack she was shocked. Within four years, she received the gift of a new heart. She has since recruited thousands of organ donors.
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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.