Replacing heart valves can be a tricky business because it involves multiple variables. Knowing that you’ll be needing a serious heart surgery in the future, but not knowing when, can wear on a person.
Sometimes it takes a life-changing event to shift your perspective on what’s important in life, and no event is more life-changing than death. Since my own death in November 2014, I have learned more about living.
Hyperkalemia is too much of a good thing: potassium. When it occurs it can interfere with the electric signals produced in the middle muscle tissue of the heart, possibly leading to different types of heart rhythm problems.
My heart trouble started in 1997, when I was 50. Driving to work with my wife, Gerri, one morning, I stopped at a convenience store for coffee. Suddenly I started to get chest pains and could not breathe very well.
When a person is having chest pain, within which timeframe should you call 911? The answer may seem obvious, but I became a CPR instructor because we did everything WRONG when my husband, Steve, had a heart attack in 2007.
In 1995, Kristen Holihan got a wonderful Christmas present four days early — the birth of her son, Tyler Matesen. But she would not take him home until after the new year, and then with overwhelming fear and anxiety.
People typically have a spectrum of emotions after a heart attack. Common feelings include fear, anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness - but also hope for the future as well as relief at having another chance.
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.