It goes without saying that heart health is near and dear to Dr. Oz's, well... heart. But he's not alone — there are many inspiring and outspoken celebrity advocates for heart health, many of whom have experienced heart problems firsthand.More
The rapper and actress has been raising heart health awareness ever since her mother was diagnosed with heart failure in 2004. Queen Latifah told People that becoming her mother's caregiver has strengthened their mother-daughter bond, and she'll do whatever it takes to ensure her mother has everything she needs.
"My mom has been living with heart failure for the past 10 years. I am proud of how she's been able to rise above this challenge, and am thankful that she is doing so well today," she wrote in a recent column for the Huffington Post. "I also learned that as important as it is for me to take care of my mom, I also have to take care of myself."
During a performance in the Broadway show 'Aida,' singer Toni Braxton fainted. She thought it was just exhaustion, but soon found out she had pericarditis, which meant the thin membrane surrounding her heart (aka pericardium) was inflamed.
"I have heart disease, and I found out about five or four years ago," Braxton told People in 2008. "I had to make lifestyle and diet changes. I eat relatively well, but sometimes having those pizzas and burgers late at night — I had to change that."