Wednesday, February 1, 2012

American Heart Month

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Kick off American Heart Month by joining American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown and some of our nation’s leading health experts to discuss the latest advances in women’s cardiovascular research.

What is heart disease?

Heart disease – also called cardiovascular disease – is a simple term used to describe several problems related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries, or atherosclerosis. As the plaque builds up, the arteries narrow, making it more difficult for blood to flow and creating a risk for heart attack or stroke.Other types of heart disease include heart failure, an irregular heartbeat – or arrhythmia – and heart valve problems.

Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

Having lost my dear Grandmother to a cardiovascular disease, and having been diagnosed with an inherited treatable heart condition myself, I truly embrace all this month has to offer for heart awareness and wellness.


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