Serving with a Compassionate Heart

Serving with a Compassionate Heart

By Carrie Vittitoe Brenda Frank, special assistant to Mayor Greg Fischer, has seen Louisvillians give their hearts in service since 2011 when the mayor adopted the goal to make the city more compassionate. At first, people were confused by the concept of a...
What Makes Your Heart Pound (in a good way)

What Makes Your Heart Pound (in a good way)

By Carrie Vittitoe “There are benefits of romance to heart health,” says advice columnist and speaker Joyce Oglesby, and the research supports this statement. Studies have shown that people in satisfying relationships have lower risks of heart disease. Love seems to...
Baby Love: How it Protects

Baby Love: How it Protects

By Carrie Vittitoe The heart palpitations a new mother feels when falling in love with her newborn baby rest a great deal on hormones. Beth Quinkert, a certified nurse midwife with WomanCare in Southern Indiana, says there are four hormone systems involved during...
Heart Stress: And Abnormal Heart Beat

Heart Stress: And Abnormal Heart Beat

By Carrie Vittitoe The loss of a loved one is a stress on the heart, emotionally and physically. “Physical or emotional stress can trigger a stress response in the body that leads to atrial fibrillation. As adrenaline, cortisol, or noradrenaline increase in the body,...