Spring 2019

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Through Thick & Thin

Buffy Gilfoil spent the better part of a decade trying to get to a normal heart rhythm after her AFib diagnosis. She shares insights and lessons from the ups and downs of her journey through multiple treatments.

Dealing with Feelings

PAD is a chronic condition without a cure, just the kind of disease guaranteed to create a lot of emotions. In Part 3 of three-part series, we talked with psychotherapist Barry Jacobs about the emotions of living with PAD.

Nutrition Basics for Diabetes and Heart Health

Diet and nutrition are part of the treatment for both diabetes and heart disease, but what are the differences between these two recommended diets?

Living Differently

I used to think I was making the most of life. I was an athlete and a bodybuilder. Outside of the gym, I was on the up-and-up in my career. By all accounts, I was successful. Then my heart failed me … literally.

A Stroke at 25

At the age of 25, I had a hemorrhagic stroke. I was helping a church member move that morning. I was told to always expect the unexpected, but I had no idea that life would throw me such a surprise.

Not Your Average Heart Attack

Heather Meyer of North Carolina was an athletic, 40-year-old vegetarian getting ready for work when she had a spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD). Life changed after that.

Cholesterol should be on everyone’s radar, beginning early in life

Exposure to high cholesterol over a lifetime can increase the risk for heart attack or stroke. Scientific guidelines say managing this waxy, fat-like substance in the blood should be a concern for all ages.

Out of shape and middle-aged?

Middle age isn’t too late to get moving and improve your future health. But don’t wait too long.

Is coffee good for you or not?

Just a couple of calories a cup, good old black coffee packs a punch. It wakes you up, boosts your metabolic rate and decreases the risk of some diseases. The real question is, “How do you take it?”

Wait times for a donor heart may vary by race

Preliminary research suggests African-American patients may experience longer wait times than other racial and ethnic groups.

How many at-home checks does it take to diagnose high blood pressure?

For people on the verge of being diagnosed with high blood pressure, doctor visits usually involve several checks, along with a recommendation of having more measurements taken at home. But how many?

Get your (exer)game on to make screen time more active

Bad tooth-brushing habits tied to higher heart risk

Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes may lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases, a study suggests.
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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.