Meet Mellanie True Hills

Embrace Your Heart™ Champions stand up to the stigma of heart disease and use their stories of survival to make a difference. Meet EYH Champion Mellanie True Hills of Texas “Heart disease is forever; once you have it, you’re at risk for more heart disease. Just prevent it.” “Surprisingly, having blood clots and a near-stroke…

What Trips Your Trigger? Managing Your Afib By Understanding Your Triggers

Understanding what triggers your atrial fibrillation episodes can help keep them under control. “We are in our infancy in learning what causes and what triggers afib,” explains Mellanie True Hills, founder of the American Foundation for Women’s Health and the atrial fibrillation patient resource StopAfib.org. But paying attention to your body can help shed light…

Answer In A Bottle? Managing Afib with Medication

The first course of treatment for most people diagnosed with atrial fibrillation is management through medication. Patients are usually prescribed a combination of three types of drugs to control the heart rate and/or rhythm and to manage the risk of blood clots and stroke. Medication cannot cure afib, and must be taken consistently over your…

Exploring Other Options: Catheter and Surgical Ablation

Medication cannot cure atrial fibrillation. For those looking for a cure, Mellanie True Hills, Founder of the American Foundation for Women’s Health and the patient’s resource StopAfib.org, suggest discussing the following options with your doctor. (Information courtesy of StopAfib.org) Catheter Ablation is done by an electrophysiologist (a cardiologist specializing in heart rhythms) in the electrophysiology…

Embrace the snow!

I’m not sure there is anything more joyful than 160 first and second graders frolicking in a field of freshly fallen snow. I was “lunch mom” yesterday and had a wonderful time watching the kids make snow angels, roll in the snow and basically just bask in the wonder of Winter. I could help think…

Sticky Soda Solution

What no soda?! As this Kim and Jason comic strip (click on it to make it bigger) points out, sometime kids (and adults) crave something sweet and fizzy. Here’s a solution to the sticky soda problem! Each time I speak to an audience and advise them to cut the soda out of their routine, I…

A Cow In My Carry-On

My daughter Callie’s first grade classroom is filled with stuffed-animal cows.  Her teacher, Mrs. Fraundorf, has a thing for cows and gets many as gifts.  When a class member or parent travels, Mrs. Fraundorf encourages them to take a cow along for the ride and report back on the adventure. Callie chose a very cute…

Are your friends hurting or helping your heart?

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn Who are the five people with whom you spend the most time — at work, at home and socially? Your relationships have an impact on your health according to a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.…