Health & Wellness Week: Heart Health

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States.

In this Health & Wellness special, we’re exploring ways to do that through diet, early detection and breakthrough technologies. You’ll also hear from a local man who ignored his health concerns for many years until it was nearly too late. Now he’s on the road to recovery after having heart surgery.

Heart-Healthy Foods

One of the great ways to take care of your heart is to pay attention to your diet. Sounds simple — but we all know it’s not. We show you which foods are most beneficial, what to look for on the packaging labels, and which places to avoid in the grocery store.

At-Home Heart Monitors

So often, people who are diagnosed with heart failure are readmitted to the hospital. But what if you could continuously monitor a patient’s vitals to identify potential risks. There is a lot of research going on related to this. From health tags to activity trackers and high-tech toilet seats, patients are able to keep tabs on their heart.


One of the common types of heart disease is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It affects up to one million men, women and children in the United States. But often it can go undetected. We’re exploring the symptoms and factors that can increase your risk as well as treatments.