elcome to our Winter issue. Winter means
something to us in the Midwest, so having
an uplifting periodical to read, and positive
messages to deliver, lessens the impact of
our winters. I think you will enjoy this issue and can use it as a
mental break from your own version of winter.
In this issue we continue our After a Heart Attack series
with an article on cardiac rehabilitation, otherwise known as
“rehab” by many. Not that long ago, recovery from a heart
attack meant weeks of bedrest with exercise being completely off the radar screen.
Times have changed. Today’s patients are often out of bed the next day. Cardiac
rehab is now the standard of care. With 20 years of experience, Pat Dunn, Ph.D., a
cardiac rehab specialist at the American Heart Association, helps us explain its four
phases and what patients can expect. Hint: The benefits aren’t all physical and it
starts right away. We also get the patient’s perspective from survivor Julie O’Leary.
In “Hearts Aquiver,” Pamela McCabe, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing at
the Mayo Clinic and a member of the Advisory Panel for Atrial Fibrillation Patient
Education for the American Heart Association, explains the most common heart
arrhythmia, how it affects patients and families, and updates us on efforts to get
more people screened earlier. This is important for three reasons: AFib often doesn’t
show symptoms early on; diabetes and obesity, which are widespread in our
country, increase the risk of AFib; and AFib is a leading cause of stroke. Do we have
your attention now? Patient Stacey Powers shares how AFib has changed her life.
We’ve probably all done it — eaten because we are angry or depressed.
Unfortunately, emotional eating can wreak havoc on the best laid eating plans. In
“Hungry or Coping?,” psychologist Mark Gorman from Massachusetts General
Hospital Weight Center distinguishes between emotional eating and eating disorders
and then shares some tips on how to keep emotions off the menu. Sneak peak —
get in the habit of asking yourself each time you eat — “am I really hungry?”
In “A Tale of Two Mothers,” Janice Taylor of California shares the story of losing
her mother, at age 10, to heart disease, the impact it had on her, and her own
battle with serious heart issues. Thanks to research and technology, Janice, now
the mother of two, is watching her grandchildren grow up. Her inspirational story
illustrates the immense progress that’s been made in treating heart disease.
“Life’s Simple 7,” (still my favorite segment of Heart Insight), provides
information on simple lifestyle and behavior changes that can not only help you
live longer but healthier, too – quality AND quantity. In this issue you’ll learn how
consumption of whole grains can improve your health; tips for controlling diabetes
if you have heart disease; how prehypertension in pregnancy increases cardiac
risk; and tips for eating breakfast out.
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
write to Heart Insight, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas TX, 75231. You can also follow
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With best wishes for your good health,
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.
Editorial Board Chair, Heart Insight
On My Mind
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
Alvin L. Royse, J.D., C.P.A.
Chairman of the Board
Steven Houser, Ph.D., F.A.H.A.
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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