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!) .....
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.
Anyone who wants to learn more should go to
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.
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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