Dr. Gretchen Wells writes a lot of prescriptions and orders a lot of tests. But the most rewarding thing she dispenses is hope, she says. As director of the Women's Heart Heath Program at the UK Gilll Heart & Vascular Institute, she helps Kentucky women enjoy longer, fuller lives with healthy hearts.
In Kentucky, the mortality rate ...more
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Kentucky and the nation, accounting for one in every four deaths. Fortunately, there are many things you can do reduce your chances of getting heart disease, starting with a heart-healthy diet.
Foods to eat
To help limit your risk for heart disease and stroke, eat these types of ...more
By his 13th birthday, Jason Conn had undergone three open-heart surgeries to repair his deformed bicuspid valve.
While he was cleared to enjoy typical childhood activities like skateboarding and bike riding, he was not allowed to play organized sports.
"My biggest disappointment was when my cardiologist told me that I probably couldn't be a race car driver," ...more
Samy-Claude Elayi, MD
Written by Dr. Samy-Claude Elayi, a cardiologist at the UK Gill Heart Institute.
A traumatic event, such as the sudden loss of a job, divorce or the death of a loved one, can cause us to experience overwhelming emotions. The term "broken-hearted" is often used to describe these reactions, but it's rarely thought of ...more
Relaxing in a recliner in the corner of his ICU room, Lester Walters is all smiles. His red hair askew, he casually jokes with his wife and the nurses who come in regularly to check on him. The 59-year-old Berea native is waiting to be listed for a heart transplant, but he's already one step ...more