Heart Health Basics

Meet Your Heart

There's so much information about heart health, it can be overwhelming. Where do you start? Right here. Learn the basics about how your heart functions and most importantly, how to help keep it healthy.

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"I was unaware that the initial symptoms I was experiencing were a heart attack."
"After having just undergone a complete physical, at the age of 42 and with no prior personal or family history of cardiovascular disease, I experienced two heart attacks. I was unaware that the initial symptoms I was experiencing were a heart attack, as the pain was in my left arm, my chest discomfort was similar to indigestion and my muscle pain was a stiff neck and shoulder. My 18 year old son suggested taking an aspirin, which I did and the pain subsided - though the pressure in my chest remained.

I waited two days before seeking medical attention and was then rushed by ambulance to the hospital. In the hospital, my doctors discovered a total blockage of my left anterior distending artery and I suffered a second large attack while on the operating table and received three stents. I have been placed on an aspirin regimen of 325mg, in accompaniment to my other medications."
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That's how many times the average heart beats each day.
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Your prescription for a healthier heart and a better quality of life overall.
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Chances are you've heard of the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. Learn more about these "good fats".
The two most important omega-3 fatty acids are EPA and DHA because they're the ones your body can't make on its own. But how do they help your heart?
The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least 2 times a week—particularly fatty fish. Some people choose fish oil supplemeents to get their omega-3s instead.
Ask your doctor about the heart health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil supplements. Print this
To get more omega-3 fatty acids, you can take an omega-3 supplement, or eat more fish—but you can also try these fun ways to boost the heart-health appeal of every meal.