The Future Of Heart Disease

‘Heart Disease’.  With these two words, the lives of millions of women are changed in an instant. While there is a sense of relief in knowing why your heart hurts, it is impossible to predict how this knowledge will affect your life. Beyond the questions lies the reality that your life has taken a dramatic turn.  Although chronic by nature, your viewpoint of your condition doesn’t have to be.  It would seem, though, that this is a lesson best learned in retrospect.   20/20...more

In The Know

What’s worse; suspecting you have heart disease or knowing for certain that you do? If you answered that fear lies more in suspicion, you’d have research to back you up.  But do we really need research to tell us what we already know? Stating the Obvious Congratulations, Science!  Another fine example of useless information disguised as ‘research’.  It’s ridiculous to think that good money was spent researching what we already know to be true.  Of course we fear the unknown; especially when it comes to our health.  W...more

Comparison or Compromise?

If asked if the current state of your heart disease is acceptable, how would you answer? It’s a tough one; I know.  Just yesterday I was asked this very question.  “If, when we first met, your chest pain and quality of life was terrible, 10 being terrible, what number would you assign your quality of life now?” asked my super-hero of a doctor, Dr....more

When Your Heart Won't Let You Work

I had spent the whole morning monitoring my heart rate.  I began to obsess over the number of palpitations I’d experience.  Forty-one in one minute – my all time best!  Since I was at work, however, I had to snap to and focus on the task at hand.  Smile - answer phones.  Smile - fax document.  Smile - hide my suspicion that I was having a heart attack.  Few can understand how difficult it is to pretend everything is ok when you believe you might be dying.  Nonetheless, I was at work; what was I to do?  I know there are many of you out the...more

Heart Disease Takes A Vacation

“The day was finally here.  I have nine whole days to relax in Maui; nothing but fun in the sun.  It’s a week I’ve been looking forward to for several months.  Too bad I have to take Rebecca with me.” -- Rebecca’s Heart   Sometimes I imagine my heart disease has a life all it’s own.  After all, it deserves a vacation too, right?  It’s got to get sick of me eventually.  All I ever do is complain about it, tell others of its horrors and wish it away with every fiber of my being.  Is that wrong?<...more

Is The Suspense Killing Me?

My doctor calls it “a flare up”.  I call it a nightmare.  I’ve spent the last two weeks wondering whether or not I should go to the emergency room. I’ve learned to deal with the usual symptoms; pressure in the chest, extreme fatigue and the stomachache.  That’s everyday stuff – the stuff I wake up to.  It’s when the unusual symptoms begin that I get a little nervous; things like intense dizzy spells and shoulder pain. So I wait.  I figure if it doesn’t go away in a day or two, I’ll call my doctor.  Two days pass and I still feel ‘schmoo...more

When It’s Time To Change Doctors

I waited two weeks to see him.  This doctor was touted as the best cardiologist in Thousand Oaks.  As I sat in his well-appointed waiting room, I realized that I was the only person there under the age of 50.  What was worse is that I was the only woman there.  Now sitting in the examination room, the doctor perused my chart and began with the questions.   “So, you’re experiencing chest pain?”  “Yes, I am”, I replied.  “Well, we’ll run a few tests; see what we can find out.”  Then the testing began.  An ...more

EmpowHER’s 1000Women Campaign

When I was diagnosed with heart disease in 2007, it took me a while before I could wrap my head around it.  While I was glad to finally know what was wrong, I was completely overwhelmed as to what it all meant. Overcome by feelings of worry and fear, I started to panic.  With these thoughts swirling through my head, my darling husband suggested that I write them all down.  I’ll never forget what he said that day in December, “Perhaps your story could help other women who suffer from heart disease”. On December 6, 2009, I began Rebecca’s Heart. It surpr...more

Swimming alone (drownings continued)

This coming Monday, I would like to conclude my 'week of drownings' with a happy ending and the story of my own son's plunge into water.  In the meantime however, I will share with all of you out there two particular cases of adults who have drowned.  We all know by now, that anybody can become a victim to a water emergency.  Toddlers, adults, non-swimmers and yes, even avid swimmers can fall prey to situations in the water, where their lives are jeopardized.  I have chosen to share some stories over others this week because of my philosophy that common sens...more

Things You Don't Tell Your Doctor (But Should)

Great article-- I confess I am guilty, guilty of withholding information. I want to make 2 ...more