April 15, 2013: Grandmother Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Heart Transplant
Glenda Pay recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of her heart transplant. Pay's journey began at age 41 when she acquired a bad cough and chest pain that would not subside. Eventually, she was diagnosed with heart failure. After referral to Dr. Bud Frazier at the Texas Heart Institute, physicians determined that Pay's heart disease was familial, affecting only women in the family. She would need a heart transplant. Today, Pay volunteers with the Heart Exchange Support Group and encourages people to register as organ donors. Read the full story: Texas Medical Center News.
February 13, 2013: Obesity Myths...Busted
Obesity rates in America have tripled over the past decades affecting children, adolescents and adults. In this review of myths, presumptions and facts, the overwhelming message is that sustained lifestyle modification is required to prevent and treat obesity. A healthy lifestyle starts early in life at home. Exercise and eating habits are formed in childhood and follow us through our lives.
The management of obesity has no easy fix. Short-term behavior changes are not effective; the goal is to make major lifestyle improvements by becoming more active and disciplined. Myths such as: miracle diets, breastfed babies, sexual activity, eating fruit, vegetables and regular breakfasts are not enough. Let's move!! Much can be done to tackle obesity: regular aerobic activity, balanced low calorie diets with smaller portions, and if necessary, seek support and guidance from a healthcare provider. The truth is that obesity is very difficult to treat, which makes prevention extremely important. Make a choice to love your life!
February 4, 2013: February is Heart Month
The month of February is Heart Month, part of an initiative to reduce the number of heart attacks and strokes in the United States by creating public awareness of the proliferation of heart disease. All month long Texas Heart Institute is doing its part by answering some of the most common questions we get about cardiovascular disease. See a new question and answer every day by clicking on the banner at the top of our homepage.
January 30, 2013: Wear Red Day is Friday, February 1, 2013
To dispel the myth that heart disease is an "older man's disease," the first Friday of February is a day when we call attention to the #1 killer of women: heart disease. It is also a day to celebrate those women who are taking action to protect their hearts. Join Texas Heart Institute and thousands of women across the U.S. as we fight to decrease the devastating toll of cardiovascular disease in women by wearing red on Friday, February 1, 2013
. To learn more about National Wear Red Day, visit The Heart Truth