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Heart Healthy Month

Have a Healthy Heart

Image of a heart drawn with crayonDid you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S.? February ushers in American Heart Month where we bring to the forefront the serious issue of heart disease in women.

The doctor comes into the waiting room, introduces himself and after the typical medical mumbo jumbo he says “…and she’s having a heart attack.” I didn’t even know how to react. Lori is my best friend, she’s only 45 years old and this cannot be happening.

A few days earlier Lori said she was having some chest discomfort but my co-workers and I told her it was just nerves due to her impending back surgery. You see, Lori had been having some pretty debilitating back pain that did not respond to therapy or medication and surgery was her last resort.

The nurse came in to check Lori’s blood pressure, temperature, listen to her chest, asked a bunch of questions then left. A few minutes later the same nurse came back with another and this is where it got strange. They explained that Lori would need to go the emergency room (ER) to check things out prior to the surgery. They were so calm that neither Lori, her mom nor I thought anything was amiss, that is until we arrived at the ER.

A team of doctors and nurses were waiting for us. Lori was taken into a procedure room and her mom and I were directed to a waiting area. We didn’t have to wait long to find out what was happening.

Lori was very fortunate that she was in the midst of her heart attack while awaiting back surgery. With 99 percent blockage in one of the main valves, had she not been at the hospital at that exact moment for medical intervention, the odds would not have been favorable. The doctors were able to place a stint in the faulty valve and today she is completely healthy.

Earlier this week, I made a pledge to lose weight, eat healthy, exercise and take better care of myself. Since today is the first day of Heart Healthy Month I’d like to encourage you to do your utmost to live a healthy lifestyle.

In recognition of healthy heart awareness I thought I’d share one of my favorite walking routines and some snazzy sneakers.

Leslie Sansone has awesome Walk At Home programs geared to people at all levels. I subscribe online, download the software to play it on my laptop which I connect to my TV. However you can order her DVD’s and accessories as well. If you’re familiar with Leslie’s walks, for the month of February she has a daily walk plan that you can check out by clicking HERE.

While the February daily walk routine may be a little strenuous, there will be “A Heart Healthy 2 Mile Walk” streaming all month-long on the home page at

Snazzy Sports Sneakers

I went to the experts at ( and found 3 running shoes that I would wear. Following are the descriptions of each by Jeff Dengate, Runner’s World shoes and gear editor:

  • New Balance Fresh Foam 980 ($110) – “The Fresh Foam 980, a lightweight yet “plush” trainer from New Balance. The foam midsole features concave and convex hexagons along the sidewall, intended to give structure under the arch while compressing on the outer edge of the heel and alongside the big toe.”
New Balance Fresh Foam 980 ($110)
New Balance Fresh Foam 980 ($110)
Photo by Jeff Dengate
  • Pearl Izumi Road N0 ($100) – “The N0, the lowest to the ground of any shoe in Pearl Izumi’s E:Motion line—and its lightest…The heel collar and top eyelet have been brought closer to the ground, so the shoe sits lower on a woman’s foot but still holds the heel in place without any slippage.”
Pearl Izumi Road N0 ($100)
Pearl Izumi Road N0 ($100)
Photo by Jeff Dengate
  • Patagonia Everlong ($110) – Working closely with its stable of elite ultrarunners, Patagonia developed a shoe that fits like a road model but is durable enough to handle miles over rugged terrain. Postage stamp-sized patches of rubber give just enough grip without weighing down the shoe. The upper features a snug hold through the midfoot, while the forefoot is roomy enough so your toes can spread out. Stack heights are reported to be 24 mm (heel) and 20 (forefoot).
Patagonia Everlong ($110)
Patagonia Everlong ($110)
Photo by Jeff Dengate

My current running shoes are Asics, but I’m seriously considering something a bit lighter. Since I previously wore Adidas which were very comfortable it’s taken time for me to adjust to the Asics. The bottom line is the importance of a proper fitting shoe, insole and sock to help prevent injuries when walking or running.

In summary, as Leslie Sansone says during her walk programs, if you do nothing more than walk to the beat this will be helpful step in the right direction to a healthy heart. Also, with the bright fluorescent colors of these sneakers you can look good while walking towards a healthier heart.

If you have any questions please post a comment below or you can reach me direct at

Have a wonderful weekend!

“Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow.” ~Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros

6 thoughts on “Heart Healthy Month

  1. […] year I did a post during the month of February on how I almost lost my best friend to a heart attack a couple of […]

  2. Thanks so much Stephanae! Oh yea, your friend was lucky enough to have caught it in time. I will absolutely be back on Wednesday, I am looking forward to your post! 🙂

    1. Please call me Steph. And I’m so glad to hear you’ll be back for a visit on Wednesday. Have a wonderful weekend!!

  3. Good for you for pledging to get healthier. I am in the process of doing the same thing. My aunt just died last month and I have been doing a lot of research on treatments and preventions for heart failure ever since. I am not the healthiest person but I am going to try to be more conscience of the health of my body. I had no idea that heart disease was the number one cause of death in woman, that is such a scary thought. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. You’re very welcome. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Yes, becoming and maintaining a healthy lifestyle should be one of our number one priorities. If we don’t have our health then everything else becomes a mute point. My friend was so very fortunate that her heart attack happened when it did and I get chills thinking of the possible alternatives. On Wednesdays I talk about exercise and I’m going to be posting assorted routines to help people get started.

  4. Good luck!

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