Women & Heart Disease Across the Lifespan (Part 3): Older Women

07/16/2010

During this final installment of our 3 part series about women and heart disease we will be focusing on heart problems older women are more likely to experience. Some of the things we will discuss are heart failure, diastolic dysfunction, atrial fibrillation, aortic valve disease and sudden cardiac death.

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Internet Support Group for Women with Heart Disease

04/15/2010


When you’ve been diagnosed with heart disease, you may instantly feel completely alone. The feeling is, of course, totally illogical when you consider that heart disease is the most common health ailment among women. So while you’re hardly alone, sometimes it is hard to be completely logical when you are going through a major life change. In August 2009, a study published by the American Psychosomatic Society found that there was a direct correlation between loneliness and coronary heart disease, which can mean that women with existing heart disease could be at increased risk of future heart-related complications, along with depression and anxiety. Your world has been completely turned upside-down and you are suddenly juggling multiple prescription medications, dietary restrictions and extreme fatigue, and it may feel like there is no one out there who truly understands you anymore.

Luckily, in our networked society, there are many ways that you can connect with other women who are dealing with the same heart health issues. They may be around the corner or halfway around the world, but are really only as far away as the click of a mouse. Check out WomenHeart’s online community and support network Inspire <http://www.womenheart.org/supportForWomen/community.cfm> to connect with other women living with heart disease. Community members can share stories, post journal entries and participate in discussions with other women with similar heart conditions or who have had similar treatments.

 A 2007 study in Great Britain showed that heart patients who were given access to information and communication via the Internet were more likely to participate in healthy behaviors.


“You Gotta Have Heart” – Heart Month Show

02/07/2010


Women and Heart Disease – A Survivor’s Story

02/05/2010

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 Stephanie, who had a heart attack at 24 after being diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 16.

At 16, Stephanie, who was overweight, had been diagnosed with diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.  Stephanie said these things were mentioned casually by her physician, but she didn’t know they were a big deal.  “Because I wasn’t well educated about those conditions, they went unmanaged for a long time.”

As a college undergraduate I ate a typical fast-food diet, I 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 protein, fiber and produce, and 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.  Boil, bake, sauté, steam, microwave, grill, broil, roast, or poach your entrée to cut the fat and keep the flavor.

When eating prepared food, pay 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 www.deliciousdecision.org

For more heart healthy info visit www.heart-strong.com


Vote with Your Heart – Support the Red Dress Campaign

01/12/2010

Campbell’s asked people across America to take inspiration from a real female heart-health hero who motivates them and share their story and their red dress design. In February, American Heart Month, the winning designer and their heart-health hero will travel to New York City to walk the red carpet at the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards with fashion expert Tim Gunn and model the winning dress.

Read the finalist’s stories and learn about the heart-health hero who inspired them. Then view their designs and vote for your favorite story and dress. For each vote, Campbell’s is donating $1 up to $625,000 to the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement. Voting ends January 28, but you can continue to click to donate through March 31, 2010. 

Click here to vote: http://www.campbellsaddressyourheart.com/


World Heart Day 2009

09/27/2009

What is World Heart Day?

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared September 27 as World Heart Day to create awareness about taking proper care of the heart to avoid various cardiovascular diseases that have become the major killers in the world. As per WHO figures, heart diseases and stroke are the first and second leading causes of death for adult men and women in developed countries.

 Visit http://www.world-heart-federation.org/what-we-do/world-heart-day/ to find out more information about World Heart Day 2009-09-27

Visit www.heart-strong.com to find more info about heart disease and resources available.

DO SOMETHING HEART HEALTHY TODAY!!


Heart Health: One E-mail Can Help Women with Heart Disease

09/17/2009

(From AHA Go Red Newsletter)

Did you know that today, a woman can be charged health insurance premiums 150% higher than a man of the same age? Unfortunately, it’s true. Studies have found that women pay significantly higher premiums than men of the same age for individual health insurance policies providing identical coverage. And these higher health care costs can put coverage out of reach for women with heart disease and even for women who are taking preventative measures to reduce their risk. And in most states, those with a pre-existing medical condition as common as high blood pressure can be denied coverage altogether or charged unaffordable premiums. That’s why we’re calling on you, as a member of the Go Red for Women movement, to make your voice heard and join us in letting Congress know that the fight against our Nation’s No. 1 killer of women requires urgent action on health care reform. On September 30th, American Heart Association advocates will be on Capitol Hill to discuss the challenges they face as heart disease survivors in affording health care coverage — and they need your help to make their message impossible to ignore.

Email your Members of Congress today and let them know women with heart disease need their support in reforming the broken health care system.

Go to http://www.heartsforhealthcare.org/default.aspx