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I don’t have any risk factors for heart disease other than a family history.  Watching my mom deal with heart disease has taught me to be mindful of what I do everyday, like what I eat.  I want to learn as much as I can about heart disease.

The Heart Truth takes on a very personal meaning because my mom has used it to educate me and our family that heart disease is the #1 killer of women.  I personally take this message to heart and try to help my mom with educating others about heart disease.


While I was pregnant with my third child at age 32, I started experiencing complications with my pregnancy.  Unfortunately, my OBGYN failed to diagnose my early symptoms as heart disease.  After I went back to the hospital and saw another doctor I was shocked to learn that I was having a massive heart attack.  The doctors couldn't identify what caused or triggered my heart attack.

I'm under a physician's care and see a cardiologist regularly.  Since the heart attack, I try to walk at least four miles a day and avoid foods high in cholesterol, salt, sugar, and fat.  I know how important heart health is and so I try to pass this knowledge and healthy lifestyle on to my kids.

This experience has changed the way I look at life—and I live one day at a time now.  I've reprioritized things in my life to focus on taking care of my family and myself.  I recognize the importance of loved ones.

The Heart Truth has played a major role in my recovery.  I've relied on the campaign's resources—especially the Web site—to learn facts about women and heart disease.

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