Elias Martinez is an HIV Outreach Specialist with Westside Family Health Center (WFHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides health care and health education to more than 10,000 underserved women, men and children each year.
The teen birth rate has been decreasing in the United States, yet it is still higher than in many other developed nations. With teenage pregnancy putting mothers at significant risk for dropping out of high school, future incarceration and related health risks, it is easy to see why it is important for teens to learn everything they can about their sexual and reproductive health.
In January 2015, I was admitted to the hospital for acute respiratory failure and congestive heart failure. At some point in the initial hours, I also suffered a mild heart attack. Ten days later, I underwent double bypass surgery. All this happened suddenly and with no pain - just the inability to breathe. Now, I am dealing with the aftermath and getting my health back on track. Here are five things I learned after having my heart attack.