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Women and Heart Disease – A Survivor’s Story

Posted Feb 05 2010 3:28am

This is a heart saving story about women and heart disease – straight from a survivor.  Brought to you by the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.

Today’s message is from Stephaniewho had a heart attack at 24 after being diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 16.

At 16Stephaniewho was overweighthad been diagnosed with diabeteshigh cholesterol and high blood pressure.  Stephanie said these things were mentioned casually by her physicianbut she didn’t know they were a big deal.  “Because I wasn’t well educated about those conditionsthey went unmanaged for a long time.”

As a college undergraduate I ate a typical fast-food dietI rarely cooked my own food and often ate out.  After my heart attack that all changed.  I’ve lost 70 pounds and significantly reduced my blood pressure and cholesterol.  I work out five to six times a week and my experience has pushed me to eat healthy.  My diet is heavy on proteinfiber and produceand I’m big on reading labels.  I’ve learned that you can love your heart by paying attention to what you put in your mouth.

 Changing the way you eat and prepare food can reduce your risk.

Not all fats are created equal. Use only fats and oils with 2 grams (or less) of saturated fat per tablespoon.

Break free of frying.  Boilbakesautésteammicrowavegrillbroilroastor poach your entrée to cut the fat and keep the flavor.

When eating prepared foodpay close attention to labels.  Hydrogrenated oils and fats are often hidden in the ingredient list.

 For recipes that let you love your heart and enjoy your meals visit the American Heart Association’s online cookbook at

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