Winter 2018

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In this Issue

The Advanced Stages of PAD

In this second part of a three-part series on PAD, we explore risk factors, symptoms and treatments for advanced peripheral artery disease.

Frank Diaz’s PAD Odyssey, Part 2

In Part One, Frank and Maria had spent the first 18 months of their marriage in and out of the hospital dealing with poor blood flow and lesions that would not heal on his right leg. Read the conclusion of this dramatic story.

Wholly Committed to Being Half the Woman She Used to Be

Her knees ached constantly. Her back, too. She knew why. Having long struggled to control the quality and quantity of her diet, her weight had ballooned to 380 pounds. Now she’s half the woman she used to be and committed to to better health.

You Gotta Believe

On a frigid morning in April 2016, he stood in the parking lot of the cardiac rehab center, looking at the front entrance about 100 feet away. It looked like an impossible distance.

Shock at the Beach

Had just one thing not gone as it did, this sudden cardiac arrest survivor might not have lived to tell this story.

A Letter to My Father

“I realized what your children wanted from you is what my kids want from me – a healthy father who will be around to share in their family’s lives,” writes Tony Westbrooks after receiving the same diagnosis his late father had.

My Dearest Heart …

A transplant recipient writes a letter reflecting on her complex relationship with, and deep appreciation for the heart she’s saying goodbye to.

7 habits make for a healthy heart – and brain, too

There’s plenty of evidence showing that eating right, exercising and other good habits make for a healthy heart. Those behaviors help keep our brains sharper, too, two studies show.

Virtual counseling helps lower blood pressure

People with high blood pressure who get on the information highway can avoid roadblocks in their cardiovascular health, according to research.

Protein quality is more important than quantity

High-protein diets are everywhere, but not all protein is created equal.

How much water do we need for a healthy life?

Our bodies crave water. There’s no way to live without it. But just how much do we need every day to stay healthy?

Google just launched Heart Points. 5 things you need to know.

When it comes to physical activity, experts say more movement is great – but more movement with greater intensity is best. Google Fit now knows the difference.

Nutrient-rich diet may help heart failure patients avoid hospital, death

A varied, quality diet could help prevent hospitalizations and even death among patients with heart failure, according to a recent study.

It takes more than a bribe to get people to exercise

Getting people to exercise isn’t as easy as dangling money in front of them like a carrot in front of a hungry horse. It turns out, it’s better to show them the money and then threaten to take it away.

Obesity as young adult sets stage for heart disease, stroke

Young adults who are overweight begin to develop high blood pressure and other heart problems that may put them at higher risk of developing heart disease and stroke later in life, a study shows.
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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.