My Heart Attack has given me New Opportunities
It’s weird when I first wrote the blog after my heart attack it was a bit tough to see how this could happen to me. Yes, I joked about it, but truly, I didn’t know where this left me as a nutritionist. The last three years have included that first heart attack, a couple minor heart attacks, heart bypass surgery, and a stroke that I hadn’t had the guts to write about yet. (I’ll get that blog out soon – promise).
But this week, my life changed again! This week as a representative of the American Heart Association I was sponsored to give two healthy heart diet presentations at the Training Center for Wells Fargo in Portland, Oregon. This was followed the next day by a television appearance on AM NW and a “meet and greet” at the Wells Fargo Museum. Then I came back home and gave another healthy heart diet presentation at the Regional Soroptimists Meeting.
What My Heart Attack has Taught Me
I was and am so grateful for this opportunity to talk about the healthy heart diet that has saved my life more than once. So thankful to be able to talk about my journey, heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. I believe this must be why I’ve beaten the odds.
Heart Disease Risk
Real quick – I want to sidetrack to talk about those odds. 1 in 3 women will die from a heart attack or stroke. 1 in 3!
Think about the women you know.
Now think about losing 1/3 of them to a heart attack or stroke. That’s real folks!
Heart disease is the #1 Killer of Women . . . more deadly than all forms of cancer combined!
As women, we just aren’t paying attention!
Heart Attack Teachings
Okay, back to what my heart attack has taught me. It’s taught me that every woman needs to know her risk factors. Reminder here, I had NO risk factors and still had 100% blockage of my LAD! If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone. More risk factors exponentially increases the overall chances that you will be the one that dies. (sorry no sugar coating today)
Second, my heart attack has taught me that we need to be telling women how to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack. This isn’t just a man’s disease and our symptoms are very different from a man’s. (I’ll write another post about that soon – promise)
Finally, as women we have great instincts and we often ignore them. I did, most women I know do. We are busy, have things to do, our symptoms come secondary to what we need to get done. My heart attack taught me to trust my instincts and be my own advocate. First at the hospital when they tried to send me home. Again, when I didn’t feel good taking the post heart attack drugs. And consistently as I’ve journeyed through multiple angiograms, hospital visits, surgeries, doctors visits, etc.
Healthy Heart Diet on AM NW
Combining my love of healthy heart diet food, February’s American Heart Month, and my personal heart attack and stroke story – I taught a heart disease prevention on AM NW this week. Here’s the video.
Current Heart Attack Lesson
I started to write “final heart attack lesson” and then I realized – this isn’t my final lesson to be learned – it’s just the current one.
My heart attack and stroke won’t keep me down. I’ve come back stronger, wiser, and more impassioned than ever (I know you probably didn’t think that was possible, huh?). It’s true! I have a message for every woman and for every person who loves a woman. Hear me loudly – hear me clearly because I’m ready to speak out!
Stay tuned . . . it’s only just begun!