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When I was 49, I suffered a heart attack that affected 50 percent of my heart function.  At the time I was a registered dietician—I practiced good eating habits, led a healthy lifestyle, and didn't have any risk factors for heart disease.  What surprised me the most was that I was in relatively great physical shape, but right before my heart attack I couldn't even manage to walk up a flight of stairs without stopping to rest.

At the time it never occurred to me that I could be having a heart attack.  Fortunately I had a friend who convinced me to skip the gym one day when I was feeling really stressed.  She told me to go to the hospital because I might be having a heart attack.

I think about heart disease everyday now.  I don't take things for granted.  Now that I've got a second chance at life I keep a new positive perspective on life and handle stress differently.  But, my experiences with heart disease have made my daughters take better care of their own health.

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