About Heart Healthcare

“We rise by lifting others.”

You can change your life for the better.

You can live a healthier life, free of heart disease and stroke. A healthier, happier and more fulfilling life.

Your life is a story. The challenges, the struggles, the triumphs. To change your life for the better, you need to change your life story. You need to change the way you see yourself from the inside out.

Personal real-life stories of recovery make the facts and figures of heart disease come to life in profound ways. There is nothing more powerful than a true story from the heart.

Inspiring stories

There are hundreds of inspiring stories. With Heart Healthcare, it’s easy for you to find the right story – on your phone, your computer, your tablet and more.

You can browse through any of these stories. Subscribe for free to have new stories delivered to your inbox. Every day there’s a new story of recovery to inspire you.

You can share these stories with your partner, family, friends, and coworkers. You can easily add your own heart disease recovery story to inspire others.

You deserve to be taken seriously. To be noticed, appreciated, valued, accepted. Your story is important. Your story can make a world of difference.

Stories of overcoming heart disease are a key component of recovery. Authoring your experience gives you greater authority and self determination.

You can write your own future.

Ongoing recovery

Recovery is an active and ongoing process of overcoming obstacles and developing a renewed sense of self. You’ll be participating in healthy activities and forging deeper bonds with those you love.

Stories remind you of the importance of developing a positive and empowered sense of self, hope and optimism.

It’s not all going to be plain sailing. They’ll be stressful complications, physical and emotional changes. Feelings of sadness and fragility.

Writing and sharing your story will help you own these changes.

Eliminating heart disease risk

Medical dogma has a lot to answer for.

There are many myths and misconception associated with heart disease. Often perpetuated by the medical profession.

If your doctor still thinks cholesterol is a minor risk or heart disease is an inevitable consequence of ageing, you need a new doctor.

The Interheart Study found simple and easy to modify risk factors account for more than 90 percent of heart disease. What factors? Smoking, lipids, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, diet, physical activity, alcohol consumption, and psychosocial factors.

These are all factors you can change by changing your story.

Why not just pop a pill?

Why change your story? Why change what you eat, begin exercising and start losing weight if you can just pop some pills?

Because heart disease medication is nowhere near as effective as simple lifestyle changes. The Harvard Health Professionals Follow-Up Study found pharmacological therapies, including cholesterol lowering statin drugs and blood pressure pills, typically reduce heart disease risk by only by 20 percent to 30 percent.

Lifestyle changes are at least three times more effective than medication alone. Changing your story to see yourself as someone who eats healthy, exercises regularly and determines their own health outcomes is far more empowering.

Changing your story changes your future.

Greater benefits

The Harvard Health Professionals Follow-Up Study also looked at the effect of lifestyle changes on people already on heart disease medications.

The study found those on cholesterol and blood pressure lowering drugs are able to get a further 78 percent drop in heart disease risk by eating and living healthfully.

So the choice isn’t a matter of diet or drugs. Heart disease medications should be used as an adjunct and not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle.

New vitality

You don’t have to settle for the old you.

Look at your heart disease as a gift, as an opportunity. Look at it as a turning point in your story.

And the beginning of your healthier, happier and more fulfilling life.

“We rise by lifting others.” Robert Ingersoll

References

Handbook of Qualitative Health Research for Evidence-Based Practice

Harvard Health Professionals Follow-Up Study: Diet and Coronary Heart Disease

Interheart Study: Effect of Potentially Modifiable Risk factors Associated with Myocardial Infarction in 52 Countries

Patients’ Narrative Accounts of Open-Heart Surgery and Recovery: Authorial Voice of Technology