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    Woman turns to organic foods, not pills to stop heart disease Video included


    The American Heart Association says heart disease is the No. 1 killer among women. One local woman changed her eating habits to avoid becoming a victim.  More>>

    Group of ladies walk for their heart's sake Video included


    April 2 is the American Heart Association's National Walking Day, but a group of women at the Medical University of South Carolina is getting a bit of a head start.

    One year later, happy couple recounts Valentine's Day stroke Video included


    For many, Valentine's Day is all about flowers and candy for your special sweetheart, but for one Lowcountry couple, it's an anniversary of survival they'll never forget. More>>

    Teams prepare for Lowcountry Heart Walk


    The Santee Cooper Heart Strong team is one of hundreds that will participate in the Low Country Heart Walk at the end of September. More>>

    Lowcountry man survives rare heart disorder


    It was just weeks before Christmas and 22-year-old Justin Repshas was cramming for final exams. He needed to let off a little steam so he went for a run. His feet pounded the streets of downtown Charleston. He felt good. More>>

    Mom discovers she has heart disease in delivery room


    According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women affecting around 43 million women in the United States alone. More>>

    AHA, MUSC look for female heart survivors to share their story


    Has your life been touched by heart disease or stroke? The American Heart Association wants to share your story! More>>

    Toddler recovering after second open heart surgery


    The holidays are a special time  when many people count their blessings. For one Lowcountry family, that's especially true. More>>

    Go Red for Women raises $95,000 at luncheon


    Charleston's first Go Red for Women Luncheon, held April 25, raised a whopping $95,000. More>>

    American Heart Association's Mission:

    To build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

    That single purpose drives all we do.  The need for our work is beyond question.


    Mark these events in your calendar and help out a great cause!

    February: Go Red!, The Heart Ball and Heart Month

    April: GoRed for Women Luncheon

    May: Power to End Stroke

    September: Lowcountry Heart Walk

    ABC News 4 and American Heart Association are partnering together to let the Lowcountry know what they can do to prevent heart disease.  Your business can help spread the word, support a great cause and practice workplace wellness!  More>>

    Yoga for a Healthy Heart

    Researchers now know that yoga paired with other lifestyle changes can prevent or correct heart problems, including hypertension and atherosclerosis. Yoga practice can make a real difference in the health of your heart by strengthening your body, teaching you how to relax mentally and physically, and showing you how to better manage stress reactions. More>>

    Coping With Heart Disease

    If you've had a heart attack, a stroke, or even just been diagnosed with some form of cardiovascular disease, you're probably reeling with shock and filled with questions. How will this change my life? What does this mean for my family? Am I going to die? More>>

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    Type in the specified numbers to get your Body Mass Index (BMI) measured instantly. BMI is an index of a person's weight in relation to height. It does not directly measure percent of body fat, but provides a more accurate measure of overweight and obesity than relying on weight alone.

    BMI values apply to both men and women, regardless of their age, frame size, or muscle mass. These values do not apply to athletes and body builders, pregnant and nursing women, frail or elderly persons or persons under 18.

    People who are overweight or obese have a greater chance of developing high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. BMI by itself is not diagnostic of an individual patient's health status, but health risks increase gradually as BMI values increase.

    Source:Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults. National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 1998.

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