Departments: On My Mind
Section Editor(s): Bettmann, Michael A. M.D., F.A.H.A.; Editorial Board Chair, Heart Insight
May is Stroke Awareness Month, and two of our feature stories deal with the impact of stroke. Our cover story introduces you to Cory Weissman, who was a star basketball player when he started college, but at the end of his freshman year, at age 19, he had a stroke. Against all odds, Cory came back from this life-threatening event to start the final game of his senior year. Through it all, Cory never gave up on his love of basketball—or life. Read Cory's inspiring story on page 4.
Our other article about stroke is “Women & Stroke” on page 8. New 2014 guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are the first that are specifically targeted toward women, and we give you an overview of those new guidelines to help you reduce your risk.
This month's HEART INSIGHT also takes a look at new guidelines from the AHA and the American College of Cardiology for keeping your cholesterol at a healthy level and preventing atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Read the article on page 12 and find out what you need to know to stay healthy.
“Life's Simple 7,” on page 16, provides information on modest lifestyle and behavioral changes that can help you to not only live a longer but a healthier life—quantity AND quality is the aim! In this issue, you'll learn how easy it is to grow your own fruits and vegetables; get tips on exercising safely in hot weather; find out how to deal with picky eaters; understand the glycemic index and diabetes; and learn how high blood pressure can impact your sex life. And be sure to try some of our delicious recipes, starting on page 20, which cut down on sodium—but you'd never know it!
Don't forget to visit us at HeartInsight.com and read our online-only bonus article, “Risk of Stroke on the Rise in the Young.” Also download and follow us with the free HEART INSIGHT app, available for Apple devices.
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 HeartInsight@wolterskluwer.com or write to HEART INSIGHT, Two Commerce Square, 2001 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19103. You can also follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Heart_Insight.
With best wishes for good health,
MICHAEL A. BETTMANN, M.D., F.A.H.A.
Editorial Board Chair, HEART INSIGHT