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Speaking Out About Stroke

Section Editor(s): Bettmann, Michael A. M.D., F.A.H.A.; Editorial Board Chair, Heart Insight

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Welcome to the latest issue of HEART INSIGHT! I'm happy to be able to introduce you to an amazing woman who just happens to be the past president of the American Heart Association, Dr. Donna K. Arnett. In an effort to raise awareness, Donna describes the stroke she had at the age of 27, and how she went on to not only recover from it but establish a career as an outstanding scientist and leader. She's an inspiration for us to realize that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable.

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We also highlight cardiovascular rehabilitation programs in this issue. These programs can help patients recover from a heart attack, stroke or other cardiac event. Often, however, people don't sign up because they think it will be too hard, too expensive or they don't have the time. “Take your recovery to heart,” on page 9, dispels the myths about cardiac rehab and provides you with the facts you need to know about this important recovery program.

Trying to eat healthy is a daily challenge for everyone, with so many choices available in your local grocery store. To help deal with these challenges, read “Change your pantry for heart-healthy living” on page 12. It provides guidance and advice on the nuts and bolts of what foods to stay away from, and what to replace them with to promote a heart-healthy diet.

“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 how to pick your produce; calculate your risk for high blood pressure; ideas for getting more physical activity in your day; what you need to know about cholesterol medicines; and the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Got a slow cooker hiding in the back of your cupboard? Pull it out and make some of our good-for-you slow cooker recipes on page 20. Taking it slow was never so easy!

Don't forget to visit us at and read our online-only bonus articles, “Act FAST to Recognize the Signs of Stroke” and “Buy Right, Eat Right.”

I'm very interested in hearing your thoughts and suggestions about how we can make this magazine even better, so please e-mail me at or write to HEART INSIGHT, 323 Norristown Road, Suite 200, Ambler, PA 19002. You can also follow us on Twitter:



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