I Survived: Managing Congestive Heart Failure

Did you know? Hypertension is the most predominant risk factor for heart failure in Blacks, and aggressive management of hypertension may substantially reduce the incidence and consequences of heart failure in our community.

Hypertension can be caused by high blood pressure, high stress levels, family history, obesity and excessive alcohol. All of which can lead to heart disease or stroke. We got a chance to sit down with Denise Huntley-Neal, a 56-year-old mother of 4 and grandmother of 2 who knows about the defeating lifestyle but has since turned her life around to manage her congestive heart failure today. Here’s her story:

Give us a little background of how and when you were diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

Well, I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2007. One day I just woke up after working a full day of work, I cooked and cleaned and everything the night before. I felt like I had the