“When I heard the diagnosis, I didn’t hear You have heart failure, I heard You’re going to die.”
— Queen Latifah & her mom, Rita, share their heart failure story.
70% of Americans say they’re
aware of heart failure
A key component of Rise Above Heart Failure
is encouraging people to make small changes
that can make a big difference. More than just a
spokeswoman, Latifah is leading by example.
“We as a family have all started eating better,”
Latifah said. “We eat less fat, especially less
saturated fats, less sugar and less sodium. I very
rarely add salt to my food. I was already heading
in that direction, but I’ve become more cognizant
of what I eat.
“I’m also trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle
in general — exercise more, rest more, sleep
better, just taking care of myself and keeping my
stress down. I’m trying to avoid all the things that
contribute to heart problems.”
“We’re sharing our story to get these messages
out, to help people prevent heart failure and avoid
being hospitalized as frequently,” Latifah said.
“We want people to live longer, healthier lives.”
Source: Adapted from The Unrelaxing Heart, Heart Insight
Spring 2016. Updated statistics from Heart disease and stroke
Statistics—2017 update: A report from the American Heart