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AHA's "Go Red for Women"

 
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Kim
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2006 3:13 am    Post subject: AHA's "Go Red for Women" Reply with quote

I never spoke on this before, but I signed up months ago for the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" program, their efforts to reduce the prevalence of heart disease as the #1 killer of women.

Some here know of my heart troubles, and the history in my family with my mother's sudden death of cardiac arrest.

Well, tonight I took another step. While I am waiting to get my chest x-ray done, and have worn a Holter and had an EKG and an echo done, consulted with a top cardiologist, and am taking Inderal to manage my irregular heart rhythms, palpitations and shortness of breath .... I'm still having problems, and I've realized that was not enough. My cholesterol is good and so is my blood pressure, but my BMI is too high and I'm shorter than I used to be (I shrunk!) ..... Shame on you

So I took a fifteen minute walk tonight and went to the AHA website again, and joined their "Choose to Move" program, which is 12 weeks and it's free. It's like the insurance companies' "healthy lifestyle" programs, but this is free, and is run by the AHA. It is designed specifically for women, and is focused on diet, nutrition, activity, and lifestyle choices. So I registered tonight, filled up my blue pitcher with a lemon slice and six cups of water (all it could hold, so I'll refill it each day) .... told my husband about it, and I set some goals on how to accomplish what I need to do.

He was quiet about it, but if I die suddenly, he's responsible for everything! My cardiologist told me that what killed my mother suddenly, "probably won't kill you" .... that is not enough for me. They don't know what's wrong with my heart yet. So I'm going to control what risk factors I can.

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and click on the Women & Heart Disease link (I think that's what it is) .... the programs and tools are free. It only costs you if you want "Go Red" merchandise or cookbooks or something.

Heart disease and Type 2 diabetes run in my mother's family .... I can't take any chances, I have two children ... I'm doing this for myself, and I'm doing it for my children. Maybe if I complete this 12 week program, I'll ask Simy for a "beating heart" in place of a running hamster Very Happy

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Rosie B.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kim, I felt so good reading this!! I am thrilled that you are taking charge of the things that you CAN do to help yourself and improve your health status.

I am always pleased whe someone recognizes the need to do more than just what a doctor says.

Did you know that in the U.S. doctors receive very little training and instruction on nutrition??? They are offered a very short, optional course.

I probably have mentioned that while my husband was hospitalized after his stroke I noticed they had not changed his hospital menu to low fat, oil free food. They served him bacon and eggs!! I was angry and appalled! I told his doctor, "shouldn't my husband's diet be altered to healthier selections?" He said, "you're right, I'll contact the dietician (who prescribed this unhealthy diet to begin with) and have her modify it. The next day she called me and told me his diet was being modified per my request to his doctor. Now what about all the people in the hospital who continue to be fed unhealthy food? You really have to be on your toes. I am not very impressed with these folks who are called dieticians or dietologists. They still seem very ignorant to me.

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Debra
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 4:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brava Kim for taking these steps. I think we should all learn as much as we can to insure that we all live long, healthy lives. I intend to read the link you've sent and learn more about it . Years ago I was a cardiac nurse and it scared the wits out of me. People just don't take good care fof themsleves a lot of the time. I need to make a few changes myself.

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