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Rebecca's Heart

My name is Rebecca and I was diagnosed with Coronary Microvascular Disease in December of 2007. Had it been easy to find a correct diagnosis, my story would end here. Unfortunately, as in many cases, women are often given wrong information and left untreated. The first six doctors I visited were... Full Bio
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Am I Having A Heart Attack? by Rebecca's Heart Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health For women, the symptoms of a heart attack are very different from men.  Dr. Smolens, Director of the Women’s Heart Center at Banner Heart Hospital explains: ... Read on »
But You Don’t Look Sick by Rebecca's Heart Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Is that supposed to be a compliment?  I guess it depends upon who you’re talking to. It’s hard for me to express my true feelings when the inevitable response is, “But ... Read on »
Comparison or Compromise? by Rebecca's Heart Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health 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 ... Read on »
EmpowHER’s 1000Women Campaign by Rebecca's Heart Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health 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 complete ... Read on »
Heart Disease Takes A Vacation by Rebecca's Heart Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health “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 hav ... Read on »
In The Know by Rebecca's Heart Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health 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 u ... Read on »
It’s Not In Your Head by Rebecca's Heart Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health I know I’ve touched on this topic before, but I think it’s time we revisit it. It absolutely breaks my heart to hear from all of you and to hear how difficult it has b ... Read on »
Life In Focus by Rebecca's Heart Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Surrounded by amazing people everywhere I looked, it was one woman I met while at the Women’s Conference that affected me deeply. I was milling around the EmpowHER boo ... Read on »
Live Beyond The Disease by Rebecca's Heart Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health February is fast approaching.  The ‘red’ month… and I don’t mean Valentine’s Day.  It’s a fantastic thing that a whole month is dedicated to raising heart disease aware ... Read on »
Misplaced Pride by Rebecca's Heart Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Women are a unique breed.  This is especially true of women with heart disease.  Why do I say that?  For all of the empathy and care we shower on our loved ones, we consta ... Read on »
The Fight Against Heart Disease by Rebecca's Heart Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Daunting task, indeed.  Thankfully, we aren’t alone.  There are several organizations dedicated to the advancement of research and to the dissemination of knowledge on hea ... Read on »
The Future Of Heart Disease by Rebecca's Heart Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health ‘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 ... Read on »
Time Well Spent by Rebecca's Heart Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Dear Reader; Alas, it is time for me to put down the mouse and discontinue my blog, ‘Rebecca’s Heart’. This blog has been instrumental in working through my condit ... Read on »
Unconditional by Rebecca's Heart Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health It’s not a disease; it’s a condition. So says my fantastic doctor, Dr. Margo Minissian.  She said it in just the right way, too.  Not downplaying it, instead, focusing ... Read on »
What Kind of Heart Disease Do You Have? by Rebecca's Heart Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health I ask that question because the term ‘heart disease’ is generic.  Heart disease or cardiopathy is an umbrella term for a variety of different diseases affecting the heart. ... Read on »
When A Loved One Has Heart Disease by Rebecca's Heart Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health “I felt so sorry for you.  I didn’t know how I could help you.  All the doctors you saw said there was nothing wrong with your heart.  It took five years to finally get a ... Read on »