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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"This experience has humbled me and has opened my eyes to the little things in life, and that every day is truly a gift."
"I had my heart attack at age 42. The only symptom was left arm pain and a slight burning in my chest. The morning that it happened, my arm felt heavy and then the pain started. I went to the ER and the doctor there was treating me for tendonitis. He was on the verge of releasing me when a wonderful nurse asked for a second EKG - and as they were administering the EKG I went into my heart attack. The quick judgment of that nurse and the TPA shot are what saved my life. The doctors told my wife that if she had taken me out of the hospital that I would have definitely died on my way home in the car with her. I was transported to a major medical facility 4 hours away and I needed 4 bypasses and then 5 years later I needed a pacemaker/defibrillator. This was implanted because I had a condition called heart block.

I survived this event also because of prayers, a supportive family and wonderful cardiologists. I have since then had 4 stents put in to keep my arteries flowing. I also use a nitro patch 24/7 and take my medication faithfully. I have inquired about a transplant but I also suffer from COPD so I am not a candidate. I have outlived their prognosis of 5 to 7 years. I thank God every day for the wonderful research and new techniques and skilled doctors. I am a survivor. I had the blessing of having a very knowledgeable wife who had advocated for me and continues to do so at this time. I am so happy I have seen my first grandchild grow to be 5 years old. This experience has humbled me and has opened my eyes to the little things in life, and that every day is truly a gift. The picture is of me and my grandson. What a gift."
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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.