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 then went in the kitchen and took Bayer Aspirin just in case I was having a heart attack. Boy was I ever right!"
"I am a manager for a major retailer and have a high-stress job. I had been working longer than normal hours because Black Friday was coming up soon. I felt badly all week, like I was getting the flu. I worked late Friday night and when I got home I told my wife that I really felt bad, ached all over, had a head ache, and just felt terrible! All flu symptoms. I ate a little chicken soup and toast to try and settle my stomach and went to bed. At about 2 am I woke up having a hard time breathing and couldn't get comfortable. I was pacing the floor and felt like I had been hit by a truck! I woke up my wife and told her to take me to the hospital! I then went in the kitchen and took Bayer Aspirin "just in case I was having a heart attack". Boy was I ever right!

My wife called the paramedics. They got to our home in just minutes and they gave me nitroglycerin tablets, an IV and oxygen. It was pouring out and I have two cocker spaniels who decided to go for a walk during all of this. Our local police officer, who came with the ambulance, took off after the boys and the last thing I saw as I was being loaded into the ambulance was our dogs coming around the corner with a police car (with all its lights going) following close behind! They had a look on their faces I will never forget. The paramedics got me stable en route to the hospital. I was checked out and later transported to Toledo Hospital where I had a triple bypass done. The doctor said that I was smart when I took the Bayer Aspirin! I now exercise and watch my diet. My father died from a heart attack and cerebral hemorrhage. My sons have all changed their diet and exercise programs and I have a great wife who supports me in my quest for good health. I am also a colon cancer survivor!"
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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.