The We Heart Health Foundation: A Non-Profit for Healthier Living

We Heart Health is Non-Profit Organization dedicated to spreading awareness to healthier living for Multiple Sclerosis patients. We Heart Health has become one of the leading resources in the Multiple Sclerosis world providing both MS and Non-MS patients with information on how to live a healthier lifestyle

Nutrition

The things that we put in our body can affect us in the immediate and in the long run. We Heart Health provides resources for recipes, diets and nutrition advice, helping you to start living healthier today!

Exercise

Daily exercise is an important key to maintaining your health as an MS or Non-MS patient. We Heart Health provides a variety of exercises, challenges, and othe information on how to stay active every day!

Wellness

Maintaining your mental health can be a difficult but necessary process. Our goal is to provide with you with real information from health professionals on how you can apply this process to your life.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) involves an immune-mediated process in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. The exact antigen — or target that the immune cells are sensitized to attack — remains unknown, which is why MS is considered by many experts to be “immune-mediated” rather than “autoimmune.”

  • Within the CNS, the immune system attacks myelin — the fatty substance that surrounds and insulates the nerve fibers — as well as the nerve fibers themselves.
  • The damaged myelin forms scar tissue (sclerosis), which gives the disease its name.
  • When any part of the myelin sheath or nerve fiber is damaged or destroyed, nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord are distorted or interrupted, producing a wide variety of symptoms.
  • The disease is thought to be triggered in a genetically susceptible individual by a combination of one or more environmental factors.
  • People with MS typically experience one of four disease courses, which can be mild, moderate or severe.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society. (2015). Definition of MS. Retrieved from http://www.nationalmssociety.org/

 

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Partners and Sponsors

Below are Partners or Sponsors that are affiliated with We Heart Health. Please visit their websites to learn more about their contributions to Multiple Sclerosis and Health!