Heart Health

Find out how your heart is doing


What is heart disease?

Heart disease – also called coronary heart disease – is a simple term used to describe several problems related to cholesterol buildup in the walls of the arteries, or atherosclerosis. As this builds up, the arteries narrow, making it more difficult for blood to flow and creating a risk for heart attack or stroke.

Other types of heart disease include heart failure, an irregular heartbeat – or arrhythmia – and heart valve problems. To learn more about heart disease and conditions that can lead to heart disease, heart attack or stroke, click here to visit the American Heart Association website or call us to make an appointment with your doctor.


February is also national Black History Month, which is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

At His Branches we seek to celebrate the unity and solidarity we share with one another all year long by the lives of service we live together in His Name in our community. Please join us in reaching out to our neighbors and learning to share about our heritage in ways that up-build the love, respect, and honor we have for all of God’s children.

Together with Martin Luther King, Jr. we long for the time “when children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character… and when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”