Departments: On My Mind
Section Editor(s): Bettmann, Michael A. M.D., F.A.H.A.; Editorial Board Chair, Heart Insight
As the new Editorial Board Chair of HEART INSIGHT, I'm happy to welcome you to our August issue. I'd like to send a big thank-you to our previous Editorial Board Chair, Dr. Kathleen L. Grady, for the incredible work she did for the past two years. I have some big shoes to fill, but I'll do my best!
You may recognize our cover subject, Mark Feuerstein, from the role he plays as Dr. Hank Lawson on the hit TV show Royal Pains. But you probably didn't know that Mark has faced a serious medical problem in his own life—his daughter, Addie, was born with a congenital heart defect. Mark and his wife Dana share their story with HEART INSIGHT so other parents can be aware of the signs and symptoms of possible congenital heart problems. Luckily, Mark's story ends on a happy note—Addie, now a beautiful, playful 4-year-old, is doing great.
If you have a loved one who needs more help than family is able to provide, home healthcare may be a good idea. In “No Place Like Home,” on page 8, we guide you through the steps you need take to ensure success with a home healthcare agency. Asking the right questions is key, so we provide a list of the important questions you should ask in order to find the right fit for you and your loved one.
As our bodies age, our hearts age too, but did you know there are things you can do to help keep it young? “The Aging Heart,” on page 12, takes a look at what happens to the heart as we age, and how these changes can lead to an increase in heart disease. It provides suggestions from cardiologists for keeping your heart healthy as you age, such as increasing your physical activity and eating right.
“Life's Simple 7,” on page 16, provides information on modest lifestyle and behavioral changes that can lead you to a lifetime of good health. In this issue, you'll find information on hidden sodium; calculating your target heart rate; ideas for keeping track of what you eat with a food diary; the impact that beta blockers can have on physical activity; and what you'll gain when you quit smoking. And get yourself (and your kids) ready for back to school with some of the quick and easy recipes on page 20 that will help keep you healthy and focused.
Don't forget to visit us at HeartInsight.com and read our online-only bonus article, “Congenital Heart Defects in Infants,” and check out our archive of past issues.
I'm very interested in hearing your thoughts and suggestions about how we can make this magazine even better—e-mail us at HeartInsight@wolterskluwer.com or write to HEART INSIGHT, 323 Norristown Road, Suite 200, Ambler, PA 19002. You can also follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Heart_Insight.
MICHAEL A. BETTMANN, M.D., F.A.H.A.
Editorial Board Chair, HEART INSIGHT