Smokers of the world, I owe you a huge, fat, f%$#@*! apology. For years, I was smug. I couldn't understand why smokers would knowingly "take 7 minutes off their life" with every cigarette. I arrogantly smirked at the stupidity of spending thousands of dollars on a habit that would eventually kill you. ...more
Actor Michael Clarke Duncan’s sudden and untimely death is a huge tragedy for many reasons but what is most disturbing is that his premature death at the age of 54 could have possibly been prevented by early detection. ...more
I was out for dinner with friends one day when I unexpectedly began to feel faint. I became hot and started sweating profusely and my chest swelled with pressure. I was only 40 and thought this might be a hormonal issue because I recently had a hysterectomy, so the following morning I went to my OBGYN. She gave me an EKG test and told me that I had a heart attack the night before. It was incredible! So incredible that my cardiologist didn’t want to believe it....more
I don't sleep well at night, never have. I did experience a time not too long ago, when I did fall asleep at 11:00 PM and stay asleep until 6:00 AM. I'm newly retired, I live far away from the daily stress I used to endure so I should be fine right? I'm tired today, tired and trying to endure the fatigue that washed over me like a downpour of rain. I must persevere though to endure. I have the strength within my heart to make it, I just have to believe. I feel like my heart and body betrayed me when I had my heart attack. I still feel that way...more
Editor's update: ABC News reports that a second person has suffered a heart attack at the Heart Attack Grill this past weekend. The woman is recovering after "eating a double bypass burger, smoking cigarettes and having a margarita," according to ABC. -- Julie
We've been giving special attention to heart health this month. Last week we spoke with Dr. Herbert Insel, clinical instructor in medicine at New York University School of Medicine and senior cardiologist at EHE International, to get you a quick overview of how to improve your chances.
I was fortunate to interview Dr. Gordon Tomaselli, the president of the American Heart Association so he could tell the women of BlogHer about this important program and other steps that will lead to heart health. We're surrounded by hearts in February anyway, but this message will last a lot longer and provide far greater benefits than a box of chocolates.
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