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Monday, January 28, 2019

Go Red for For Women - Heart Disease. February 1st.

Wear red and help raise awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women -- and 80% of cardiovascular disease is preventable.

Wear Red. Know Your Numbers. Spread the word.

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I have had heart disease for almost 15 years. I am happy that I was diagnosed because I am aware of how to better care for my heart and body through my medical visits.

In December of 2018, my husband also developed heart disease. He was fortunate that he never suffered from illness. However, December he learned of his coronary artery disease. A short visit to the hospital, and an overnight stay, provided time for the cardiologist to insert a stent in his coronary artery. Three weeks later he developed kidney stones. We went to the emergency room. Tests were performed and it was confirmed that there were kidney stones. He was in extreme pain for 4 days before the stone passed. Less than one week later, he was not feeling well. We made an appointment to see his cardiologist. After a short visit, the physician called the adjourning hospital to have him admitted. While we did not know why, the staff at the hospital gave him good treatment. He was diagnosed with blood clots in his leg and a pulmonary embolism in his lungs. After 4 days in the ICU, and surgery, he was released to come home 2 days ago. I called to make 3 appointments with various doctors for him in the next couple of weeks. Things are busy. This has been a frightening time for me. He seemed at peace and I was thankful that he was.

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