Go Red this Valentine’s Day

This week is Valentine’s Day.  This month is Go Red for heart health awareness month.  I take part in the Go Red Challenge every year.  I wear my little red dress pin proudly.  I spread the word.

Did you know Rosy O’Donnell has heart disease?  She had a blockage known as the “widow maker.”  I saw it on “The View.” You can read her story by clicking here.  Warning:  her story scared the begeezers out of me.  

Heart disease kills more women every year than all forms of cancer.  Whoa!  That’s a lot.  One woman every minute.  That’s humongous.


But what exactly is heart disease?  Does high cholesterol count?  What if the ratio of HDL (good) cholesterol to  LDL (bad) cholesterol is 2:1?  And what’s with triglycerides?

What about an anomalous heart beat? Is that heart disease?

If I had by-pass surgery, and no longer have a blockage, do I still have heart disease?

Is it better to lower my cholesterol, even if it’s borderline?  What about the side-effects of the medicine?  Isn’t that hard on my liver?

This week, I plan to find out the answers to some of these questions.  If you have questions, ask away, and I’ll do a little research for you.  If you have answers, please add them to the comments below.

Here’s a link to some other great Monday blogposts:

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