Star Jones
bill clinton
toni braxton
natali cole
regina king1
Tami Roman
Randy Jackson
joe jackson

Humbled Hearts: Celebrities Who Championed He

Humbled Hearts: Celebrities Who Championed Heart Issues
In recognition of America Heart Month and The Heart Truth, Centric focuses the spotlight on the celebrity figures who overcame their heart and health battles.
Star Jones
The lawyer-turned-television personality had all the early signs of heart disease: shortness of breath, heart palpitations and fatigue. But hearing Star, you need open-heart surgery from her doctor is what truly inspired season four The Apprentice contestant to change her diet and lifestyle, including going under the knife for gastric bypass surgery. With those words I became one of the millions of Americans who suffers from cardiovascular disease," Star said. "I became one of millions of Americans who suffer from the number one killer in America. Today, Jones remains a staunch advocate for heart health awareness.
Bill Clinton
In 2004, the former Commander-in-Chief had quadruple bypass surgery to relieve blockage in his coronary arteries the vessels that provide the heart with its own exclusive of supply blood. In 2005, Clinton underwent heart surgery yet again to counter complications from his first. Now, the former president lives a strict vegan lifestyle, electing fruits, veggies and beans in lieu of meats, eggs and dairy. He did however admit to CNNs Sanjay Gupta in 2011, that he snuck a bite of turkey during a Thanksgiving family dinner, proving you can take the man out the south, but you cant take the south out the man.
Toni Braxton
While starring in the Broadway show Aida , the Grammy wining singer passed out backstage from fatigue and tightness in her chest. Later in the emergency room, Braxton discovered she had pericarditis an inflammation of tissue surrounding the heart. The Unbreak My Heart siren took her hit song title to the next level, combatting her heart condition and high blood pressure with daily exercise and a healthier diet.
Natalie Cole
Singer Natalie Cole suffered from a laundry list of medial complications, including Hepatitis C, which stemmed from years of drug abuse. Her high blood pressure (an early warning sign of heart disease), which she dealt with for years as well, further complicated her health status and forced her to undergo kidney replacement surgery for both her kidneys in 2009. As of today, the Unforgettable singers health has stabilized, and she is living a more balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Regina King
My parents and grandparents had high blood pressure, and my grandma had triple-bypass surgery, Southland actress Regina King told Lifescript. My sisters, who werent as active as Ive always been, were diagnosed with high blood pressure years before. After being diagnosed with hypertension and high blood pressure in her 20s, the athletic actress stepped up [her] workouts to combat her status. I started drinking a blend of acai berry juice, Coenzyme Q10 and vitamin C every morning even though some heart-disease risk factors are hereditary, you can control many
Tami Roman
Former MTV Real World Los Angeles cast member and current Basketball Wives star Tami Roman suffered a mild heart attack in the spring of last year. The controversial, yet entertaining television personality, who Tweeted the night before that she had been feeling under the weather, admitted herself to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for treatment. Soon after she confirmed to her social media followers that her health status had greatly improved.
Randy Jackson
Famed record producer Randy Jackson was fortunate enough to tackle his health issues (type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure) before they lead to cardiovascular complications (read: gastric bypass and lifestyle adjustments). However the American Idol judge did partner with The American Heart Association on behalf of The Heart of Diabetes to launch a national campaign aimed to help those living with type 2 diabetes, manage the disease and reduce the risks of associated complications.
Its on both sides (of my family), a then 28-year-old Monica said about high blood pressure in her family. My mum has it, my grandmother has it, and my father has it and diabetes, and his mother had both I was addicted to Lawrys Seasoning Salt on my soul food addicted to Old Boy seasoning. That stuff was killing me slowly. I aint even been around long enough yet! After collapsing one early morning while preparing breakfast for her son, the Angel of Mine singer heeded the advice of her doctors immediately adjusted her diet. She also began incorporating weekly exercise regiments into her lifestyle.
Joe Jackson
The 84-year-old Jackson family patriarch suffered 3 strokes over the span of five years the last of which occurred November, 2012. Diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol which can ultimately develop into a stroke are also high risk contributors to the formation of heart disease as well. Today, the controversial talent manager is doing just fine and keepin' on.


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