2 | Fall 2017
ummer has passed and now it is time for fall. I
hope your summer was full of fun activities and
that you spent the time engaged in great physical
activities. What a time for walking, cycling, and
swimming- all of which are great heart healthy
activities. Welcome to our Fall 2017 issue. We have packed it full
of useful and inspiring information and stories.
In our feature story, Educate, Advocate & Change Your Ways,
we tell the story of Elizabeth Beard, whose severe peripheral
artery disease (PAD) required surgery to remedy a 90-percent blockage of blood flow
to her legs. Elizabeth had all the risk factors for PAD – family history of heart disease,
smoking, overweight and a sedentary job and lifestyle. Since the surgery, she has been
on a mission to improve her health and has become a spokesperson for AHA on this
subject. The article includes a primer on PAD. You’d be surprised how many of us are at
risk and how many don’t know about this condition.
What do you think of when you hear Pulmonary Embolism or “PE”? Do you
know what this is? At age 49, Ellie Brady was the picture of health and training for a
marathon. She did not know she carried a gene mutation that made her blood prone
to clot, a situation made riskier by taking hormones for menopause and working at
a sedentary job. After doctors discovered her pulmonary embolism (blood clot to the
lung), further investigation found the gene mutation. In The Anxiety of Survival: Living
in the Wake of a Pulmonary Embolism, we tell her story and her struggles to come to
peace with her diagnosis and start running again.
In Is Fat Good or Bad for Us? Yes., we explain the difference between unsaturated
fats, saturated fats and trans fats. To put you in the mood for some good fat (there is
such a thing!), we share three winning recipes from the AHA’s recent Take Avocado to
Heart recipe contest in our Simple Cooking department.
Heart health requires more than good genes and a good diet – we must also be
physically active. In Getting Started: Making Physical Activity a Priority, we investigate
common perceived obstacles to becoming physically active and outline simple ways to
fill your heart’s exercise prescription.
“Life’s Simple 7,” (always my favorite column!), provides information on modest
lifestyle and behavior changes that can not only help you live longer but healthier, too
– quality AND quantity. In this issue, you’ll learn tips for couples who want to work out
together; whether pets improve heart health; a potential risk of diet soda; and how
social situations put the best laid diet plans at risk.
Be sure to visit our Heart Insight website and check out our apps for smartphones
and tablets — even your Kindle Fire! Visit the Apple App Store, Google Play or
the Amazon App Store to download the app for your favorite devices. I am very
interested in hearing your thoughts and suggestions about how we can make this
magazine even better.
Please email me at HeartInsight@heart.org or write to
Heart Insight, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas TX, 75231.
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With best wishes for a wonderful fall, radiant colors in your life and your good health,
CLYDE W. YANCY, MD., MSc., F.A.H.A., M.A.C.P., M.A.C.C., F.H.F.S.A.
Editorial Board Chair, Heart Insight
On My Mind
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
James J. Postl
Chairman of the Board
John Warner, M.D.
Nancy A. Brown
Chief Executive Officer
EDITORIAL BOARD CHAIR
Clyde W. Yancy, M.D., M.S.C., M.A.C.C.,
F.A.H.A., M.A.C.P., F.H.F.S.A.
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Northwestern Univ. Feinberg School of Medicine
EDITORIAL BOARD CO-CHAIR
Michael A. Bettmann, M.D., F.A.H.A.,
Professor Emeritus of Radiology
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Winston Salem, NC
MEMBERS AT LARGE
Pierre Fayad, M.D., F.A.H.A., F.A.A.N.
Director, Vascular Neurology and Stroke Program
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Kathleen L. Grady, Ph.D., A.P.N., F.A.H.A., F.A.A.N.
Administrative Director, Center for Heart Failure
Martha Gulati, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A.
Director, Preventive Cardiology and
Women’s Cardiovascular Health
The Ohio State University
Kristie J. Lancaster, Ph.D., R.D.
Associate Professor of Nutrition and Food Studies
New York University
New York, NY
Nehal Mehta, M.D., M.S.C.E., F.A.H.A.
Section Chief, Inflammation and
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Robert E. O’Connor, M.D.
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Virginia Hospital
Ileana Piña, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Chief for Academic Affairs
Montefiore Medical Center
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