Today I'm thinking about my heart.
When I was younger I was diagnosed with WPW, a neurological disorder of the heart that causes extra beats. There was some concern over whether or not I'd need surgery, and in the end the doctors and I decided not to.
Over the years, my heat beat has become more regular, and the arrhythmia that used to cause me to pass out randomly is seldom detectable, even on an EKG. Likely it wasn't WPW, but some other cause, since WPW doesn't get better.
Having had that, and also having been diagnosed with prolapsed mitral valve, another diagnosis that seems to have either been resolved or was initially erroneous, I've been long aware of the importance of heart health.
But at about 400 lbs, it wasn't something I'd been terribly good at maintaining.
Right now my cardiologist says my heart is very strong. My cardiac nurse says I can out perform her on a stress test. And I am constantly aware of the need to keep my heart strong... often focusing on cardio exercise rather than strength and toning.
Heart disease does not run in my biological family, but it does run in my adoptive family, and I've lost relatives to heart attacks.
I'm always aware that the symptoms of heart attack are not the same for women as for men, and that women often miss the signs.
See how many of the signs you can spot in the video "Just a Little Heart Attack" by Go Red for Women:
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