When Kimberly Ketter was diagnosed with heart failure, her first thought was for her identical twin, Shaun Rivers, to be tested. Her diagnosis was the same, so the twins took up recovery together. Today, they are advocates for heart health in their community.
“I had no idea what cholesterol was or what impact having high cholesterol could have on me,” she recalled. It wasn’t long before she found out. Within two years she was diagnosed with heart disease and had open-heart surgery for a double bypass.
Just like those throughout the rest of your body, the blood vessels in the lungs are susceptible to hypertension. Blood pressure in the lungs is a different measurement than blood pressure throughout the rest of the body.
Blood pressure is an important part of everyone’s health, because high blood pressure contributes to many forms of cardiovascular diseases. It benefits everyone to understand and monitor their blood pressure.
There are plenty of ways to eat, and they
are not equal in their effect on your weight
and heart health. Recently the American
Heart Association investigated this topic and
published a scientific statement about meal
planning and the timing and frequency of eating.
Tobacco use is a strong risk factor for developing PAD and for worsening of the disease. Some studies suggest that quitting smoking is associated with lower rates of some symptoms, serious complications and death in patients with PAD.
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.