Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Open Your Heart.......

For those of you have been following for awhile, you might know I've had open heart surgery three times and have a cardiac defibrillator (I know, HUH?). I was born with a congenital heart defect and was not to survive to be an adult, I celebrated my 45th birthday this past December! Yay, me! Why do I mention this, because I would like to ask you, my bloggy friends to participate in National WEAR RED DAY on Friday, February 4th and for you to WEAR RED on this day. 

(borrowered from the American Heart Association's web-site):

There are many types of cardiovascular diseases. About 80 million American adults have one or more of them. Each year over 864,000 people die from them — that’s about 35 percent of all deaths in the United States!


Every 37 seconds, someone dies from heart and blood vessel diseases, America’s No. 1 killer. Since most of those deaths are from coronary heart disease — about 446,000 each year — it’s important to learn all you can about heart attacks.

Don’t ignore heart problems. It’s a matter of life and death!

A heart attack occurs when the blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked, usually by a blood clot. If this clot cuts off the blood flow completely, the part of the heart muscle supplied by that artery begins to die.

Here are some signs of a heart attack:

• Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest.

It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.

• Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

• Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

• Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness.

If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than 5 minutes before calling for help.

Call 9-1-1…Get to a hospital right away.

The most startling HEART disease statistic of all, you may not know is that, HEART DISEASE IS THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF WOMAN IN AMERICA! (more than Breast Cancer). So, please if you get a chance, visit the American Heart Association's web-site and check out the information they offer on taking care of your heart.

Because February is on its way and Valentine's Day dominates....a holiday devoted to the HEART, I will be  wearing RED on Friday and every Friday the month of February, won't you join me and honor those who suffer from heart disease or have been lost to it? Kicking off NEXT Friday, February 4th, I hope you will....join me.

Peace ♥♥♥