SparkPeople Heart Healthy Team Messageboard For those who would like to share successes in living with heart disease, and to encourage and support one another in living our best lives. SparkPeople Heart Healthy Team Messageboard Hello My name is Linda. I have had 2 open heart surgery's, one in 2001 and the 2nd in 2019. My aortic and mitral valves were replaced both times. I'm also diabetic. <BR> Cooking for one is a challenge to me and having no accountability is something I am working on. <BR> I hope to learn from this group. <BR> <BR> Thanks <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> Sat, 19 Dec 2020 06:02:11 EST things to be thankful for this november 1 family <BR> 2 pets <BR> 3 a warm house Sun, 3 Nov 2019 20:03:07 EST Heart surgery questions Hi! Since this is a team about heart health, I have a question for anyone who's had open-heart surgery. How long did your incision annoy you? Did it come and go? What kind of things might irritate it? Mon, 12 Aug 2019 22:19:07 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 12 May 2019 22:03:00 EST Hi! Hi! I'm new to the team. <BR> <BR> In March of 2017, I went to the ER because my extremities were swelling for no apparent reason and I couldn't catch my breath. My blood pressure was a bit high and the side of my heart was slightly enlarged, so without running any other tests, the doctor diagnosed it as apnea and said to follow up with a pulmonologist. <BR> <BR> I didn't think I had apnea, so I made an appointment with an old family friend who happened to be a cardiologist. He put me on ... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 13:59:05 EST newbie hi guys i am mandy ,i am just staring on my new healthy lifestyle ,i have hypertrohic cardiomyopathy which is a genetic condition ,i was recently diagnoised with it 6 months ago ..... im still trying to understand how it works all know is my left ventricle is 2cm thick and should be one , if anyone knows about this condition ,plese help thanks <BR> <BR> mandy Mon, 1 Jan 2018 10:39:45 EST Low carb foods and healthy fats I would love to share the efforts towards low carb eating plan . each dy I want to share a good hint, fact learned or just share the positive foods I ate that day to encourage others.. not sure how this will look but going to work hard at it and praying for healthier heart and body. <BR> <BR> I have struggled with the "to eat or not eat eggs" question and for me have resolved that up to two a day are OK for me... I am blessed to have a source for free range fresh farm eggs from a friend so... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 00:34:31 EST Accountability: Veggies, LowCarb Fruit, Net Carbs Starting in July I want to be accountable for veggies, low carb fruits and calories and net carbs [total carbs minus fiber for the day and goal is under 30 the first week] <BR> 6/30 butterhead lettuce x2, olives, tomato, bok Choy, raspberries, .....finish tonight <BR> <BR> <BR> EDIT on 07/12/17 Ooooops - just not keeping up this effort - spending time studying and then Dr says no to KETO Diet until I get heart re-eval... so just going to keep carb count low return to Anti-Inflammatory f... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:49:01 EST Recent Cardiac Arrest Mid March this year I woke up in ICU and was told I had woken from a coma. <BR> <BR> I had collapsed at home and made my own way to hospital where after 18 hours in a corridor waiting for a bed I spent several days on a medical assessment ward before having a SCA. Three attempts at CPR were performed and I fell into a coma <BR> <BR> I don't remember collapsing at home. My earliest memory of all this was waking up in ICU. <BR> <BR> I have had systolic heart failure from my mid 20's,,,,diagn... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 03:56:10 EST Heart disease HI Every one, My real name is Allan. I am 58 years old from southwestern Ontario. I have had heart rhythm problems since my early twenties, but was told they were benign PVC'S . Over time they became worse, and I have been at emergency rooms a couple times, and wore holter monitors many times, but other than these benign PVS's nothing else was ever found. In 2013 I thought the heart rhythm problems were getting worse, but I thought no use getting it checked out because it will be the same old... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 14:01:40 EST 12 challenges for Christmas - day 12 We've all heard about Build-a-Bear workshops where you go and pick the ingredients for the perfect stuffed toy. <BR> <BR> Well, on the 12th day of our Christmas Challenge, we are going to the Build-a-Great-Salad Meal workshop. What 12 ingredients would you put into your own unique healthy salad? <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's see, I would start with greens <BR> 1 romaine lettuce <BR> 2.spinach <BR> 3. arugula and a few other mixed greens that I don't know the names of LOL! <BR> <BR> Then I'd ... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 08:41:29 EST 12 Challenges for Christmas Day 11 On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me a veggie tray with 11 choices...LOL! <BR> <BR> Today is an easy challenge. List the different canned, frozen, fresh or dried veggies you have in your freezer and pantry and see if you have at least 11 or more different ones. <BR> <BR> Do you find that the more choices you have, the more likely you are to eat your required servings per day? <BR> <BR> Take time to list what you find in the comments on this thread. <em>258</em> <em>267<... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 13:56:10 EST 12 challenges for Christmas - Day 10 There's still a lot of Christmas partying and lots of Christmas food to come in these last few days before Christmas so on the 10th day of our Christmas challenges,: <BR> <BR> <BR> List 10 strategies you can use to avoid holiday overeating like: <BR> <BR> 1. pick a dessert plate instead of a large one for your meal <BR> 2. eat a salad before going to a party, <BR> 3. If it's a pot luck, bring a healthy item you know you can eat, <BR> <BR> I gave you three – see what else you can come u... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 08:56:51 EST 12 chalenges for Christmas - Day 9 On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me....9 ladies dancing... <BR> <BR> C'mon, you know you wanna - Everytime I hear the song Rockin Around the Christmas Tree, I find my feet tapping and humming along with it. So today let's rock to any of our favorite songs (Extra bonus points if it's a Christmas song!). Spend 9 minutes dancing, walking, moving, rocking, whatever moving you wanna do. Moving is good for us all and we need to get some cardio in so we might as well enjoy it! <BR>... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 12:53:20 EST 12 challenges for Christmas Day 8 On the 8th day of Christmas our challenge is easy - drink your 8 glasses of water today! Thu, 17 Dec 2015 07:29:32 EST 12 challenges for Christmas Day 7 For the 7th challenge of Christmas it's another eye opener type challenge. Read 7 food labels, checking for calories, fat, carbs and sodium, <BR> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 07:53:22 EST 12 challenges for Christmas Day 6 Many of us will eat out at some point during the holiday season so... <BR> <BR> For the 6th Day of Christmas, check out the online menu of your favorite restaurant and find 6 healthy choices that you could order. If your restaurant doesn't have a menu online, choose a different restaurant or make up a healthy dinner plate using choices that are common to most places like grilled chicken, salad, etc.. <BR> <BR> I probably won't be going out until after the holidays - my hubby's birthday is ... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:26:04 EST 12 challenges for Christmas day 5 On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me 5 golden rings.... <BR> <BR> Eat a gold fruit or fruit or veggie today ...golden delicious apple, yellow squash, pumpkin, yellow peppers, etc <em>265</em> <em>488</em> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 07:46:03 EST 12 challenges of Christmas Day 4 On the 4th day of Christmas. our challenge is to <BR> <BR> Use a measuring cup or scale to measure 4 portions of your food today and share here what you measured. <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> I'll be back later to let you know how I did. When I first started with SP I measured everything. Then over time I eased up because I knew what the portions looked like on the plate. But over time, I think the portions have increased a bit so today's challenge is kind of a recheck to see if I'm still on ... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 07:30:29 EST 12 challenges of Christmas - day 3 On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me - 3 French hens.... <BR> <BR> Speaking of hens, tell us about your three favorite ways to prepare healthy chicken. ((If you are a vegetarian, tell us about another form od protein) <BR> <BR> My faves are: <BR> 1. baked chicken dipped in an egg wash with a light coating of bread/ unsalted crumbs mixed with spices and a little parmesan cheese. I often use egg beaters for the wash and unsalted crackers for the coating so it is low sodium... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 07:41:38 EST Day 2 - 12 challenges for Christmas December is a month of celebrating with parties, family gatherings and feasting. All those things can be hard on the diet! <BR> <BR> Can you think of 2 creative ways to serve healthier veggies or fruit to make them more eye appealing ( i.e. fancy cuts, healthy dips, etc.) to serve for your guests or just for your own enjoyment ? <BR> <BR> Here are my two favorite picks! <BR> How about a strawberry banana "candy cane"? <BR> <img src=" Fri, 11 Dec 2015 08:46:21 EST 12 challenged of Christmas - Day 1 I started playing a fun game on another team and thought everyone here might enjoy playing along too! For each of the next 12 days, I will post a "challenge" and hope that everyone will leave their answers on this thread. <BR> <BR> Day 1 - On the first day of Christmas, I decided to :Preplan a healthy breakfast in the evening for the next day that includes one serving of fruit. <BR> <BR> Share what you plan to make tomorrow that is yummy and healthy! Thu, 10 Dec 2015 18:16:10 EST Diagnosed with Systolic Heart Failure at 28. I am new to this board, but I am so happy I finally found a support group composed of people with heart issues too! I was diagnosed last week with systolic heart failure, EF is 23%. I am scared and sad mostly. I have been cutting back the sodium, tracking my food and exercising. I am scared I won't live to be 30. I am also scared I might not be able to have a baby because of my weak heart, and I have wanted to be a mom for a long time. My doctor wouldn't go into if pregnancy would be a possib... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 13:30:58 EST stopping by to chat and share our day Here is a new place to just share your day your thoughts , your dreams or just stop to say hi . Hugs everyone Thu, 8 Jan 2015 05:25:42 EST winter words or phrases <em>444</em> A is for a great start to winter <em>444</em> <em>425</em> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:00:53 EST a to z fall words or phases All the beautiful colors of the leaves Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:27:49 EST A to Z Summer Words A beautiful day the first day of summer Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:48:35 EST Returning Sparkler Hi Everybody! My name is Carole and I am a returning Spark participant. I found it extremely difficult the last year or so to participate, so I closed my account. But I have missed the friendly interaction, I need the trackers and I'm looking to be involved in SMALLER teams. I survived a viral attack on my heart in late summer 2012 and would up on 2/1/13 receiving a defibrillator/pacemaker implant. <BR> <BR> I am working with a cardiac rehab trained trainer to continue to gain strength a... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:29:16 EST a to z sport or exercise words I 'll start A is for Archery Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:41:05 EST a to z springtime words or phrases a is for apple blossoms Fri, 28 Feb 2014 05:39:02 EST a to z healthy foods a is for apples my favorites are pink ladies an apple a day keeps the doctors away Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:14:01 EST Hello everyone! Just wanted to say good morning and thanks for letting me join the forum. Thought I would tell you a little about myself, my heart related issues and what I have done to combat the aggravations that it presents. This is a bit lengthy but my hope is I can gain more knowledge from you, and likewise you from me. <BR> <BR> My issue started in 2006 for the most part. Prior to that I had been gaining weight, and sitting back watching a slow steady rise in my blood pressure (now which has been diag... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:12:13 EST a to z valentine words a is for adorable valentines cards on the market Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:10:03 EST a to z winter words here is a new one Ill start you off. <BR> <BR> A- A very chilly start to most days Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:59:43 EST Christmas Greetings <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> May you all have a blessed Christmas! <BR> Bonnie Tue, 24 Dec 2013 06:09:31 EST A to Z Christmas Words A to Z that describe the Christmas Season. <BR> <BR> A Is for always being the best time of year!!! Sun, 24 Nov 2013 08:15:32 EST a to z Christmas Shopping A is for the Angel on the tree . Can't find mine . need a new one Wed, 13 Nov 2013 05:33:03 EST a to z thanksgiving a to z foods for thanksgiving I will start <BR> <BR> A is for apples to stuff the turkey Mon, 4 Nov 2013 05:49:03 EST Heart Healthy Quotes Have any Quotes to lighten up your team mates days put them here. <BR> <BR> " Laughter is an instant vacation Milton Berle <em>246</em> <em>103</em> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 10:49:06 EST Heart Healthy Jokes Got any Jokes or funny stories Put them here <em>246</em> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 10:45:50 EST A to Z Halloween with one or more words or an emoticon Let's have some Halloween Fun. I will start you off <BR> <BR> A is Apples Sun, 13 Oct 2013 10:44:42 EST Did You Get Your Sleep ? <em>102</em> Yes 8 hours <em>244</em> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 10:40:00 EST Did You Drink Your Water Today ? <em>91</em> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 10:38:30 EST Did You Eat Your Veggies Today? Yes <em>147</em> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 10:37:18 EST Heart Healthy Advice Always Eat Your Vegetables First Sun, 13 Oct 2013 10:36:03 EST Shine Like a Star <em>8</em> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 10:34:09 EST wave Hi to Your Team Mates Spread the Love <em>213</em> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 10:26:58 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 26 Jul 2013 00:34:31 EST non traditional exercise okay here is a link to put all your movement throughout the day in. examples grocery shopping . mopping floors, gardening . Taking the stairs . Mowing the grass . Not all people with heart conditions can tolerate traditional exercise of go to the gym ,but all movement is important to calorie loss. so post all your extra movement here thank you for being a great team Thu, 11 Jul 2013 05:32:09 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 14 May 2013 14:57:08 EST New Team Leader's Request We Intro Ourselves Hi Joanne: <BR> Thanks for taking on the leadership of the Team! <BR> I'm Lin. I turned 60 yesterday (I can't believe I'm 60!!). I'm married for the 2nd time and have a wonderful husband. I also have a wonderful daughter from my first marriage. I have one grandson who I adore. We all live in Peterborough, ON, Canada. <BR> You mentioned the health history in your family. For myself, like your son, I have Crohn's. Like your daughter and yourself, I have a pacemaker. Mine also has a defi... Wed, 1 May 2013 18:27:37 EST CHF Newbie ;) Hi Folks! <BR> <BR> I have had a healthy heart my entire life. In late August I became suddenly very ill (flu-like) and could not breathe. I began to wheeze at night. <BR> <BR> These syptoms ebbed and flowed in September, I went to my pulmonologist and had a chest X ray. Enlarged heart. Yet, I passed my pulmonary function test. My daughter had spinal surgery the end of September. I needed to be at her home early in the morning to watch my grandkids. I was oh so sick, tired and out of breath... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 12:00:28 EST 2013 my time hi my name is cyndi im 56 yrs old im married to my best friend i have 2 children and 2 grandchildren i like to read i have alot of medical problems and i know by losing weight and changing my life style i will live a longer and happier life and beable to spend the time with the grandchildren Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:40:35 EST new to this team... Hi everyone. I'd like to add contacts to my "friend" list, and be inspired by everyone's efforts, be supportive, and learn new methods of living with and healing heart disease. <BR> <BR> Look forward to the getting to know you! Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:07:39 EST Another introduction Hi, I'm new to this forum and I am slowly becoming more involved with my health and think that this forum seemed a good place to start. I am 39 and had a mild heart attack a little over 4 years ago. Since I was already at a healthy weight, I had to go to a pescatarian (is that how you spell it?) diet which is basically vegan (no dairy either) plus fish--to bring my LDL from 120 to below 70. [I have a fear of starting statins at a younger age because I wouldn't be able to find research on l... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 01:25:52 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 26 Aug 2012 01:08:07 EST I'm a Newbie in this Forum Hi All; I have joined the "Spark" site many times, and so far i haven't been able to stick with it, this time I really have too. I had a nearly fatal heart attack in 2005, and just recently had a Congestive Heart Failure Event, I had stopped eating healthy, didn't watch my sodium intake, sugar, and portion control was out of the question, so for a couple of months I've been doing the right things but having trouble sticking with it and I have no motivation, I have started walking though and ... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 21:30:08 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 6 May 2012 23:49:38 EST tender lump in groin after angio? Had angiogram 3 days ago and noticed tender lump just above catheter insertion site in groin. CalledDr. and he says this can happen and to ice it and use tylenol -he says it should improve within 48 hrs. Has anyone else experienced this after having angiogram? Mon, 13 Feb 2012 18:28:00 EST FEB 3...Nat'l Wear RED Day, Will u be wearing RED? Absolutely...I will be wearing RED...6 years this past Dec. since I got my stents. <em>26</em> Sun, 29 Jan 2012 02:25:24 EST EECP or Enhanced External Counterp ulsation Does anyone know how many calories are burned during a session? I have done EECP once before and starting it again next week Thu, 29 Dec 2011 15:46:16 EST Hi I have recently been diagnosed with Angina and arrtyhmia. I always thought I was quite healthy despite carrying extra pounds. Now I realize what I have to do. I would appreciate your support. Thanks. Tue, 13 Dec 2011 08:21:16 EST I have put this off but HI Hi everyone ... I have been lurking around here for awhile but now i am ready to post .. Sorry it's taking em so long. <BR> I am 37 have had 3 heart attacks , I am in Congestive Heart Failure due to the muscles on the left side of the heart dying.. I am a wife ( to hutchisdm) and mother of three kids ages 15,13 and 9. <BR> I start SP in May we ( hubby and I) stuck to it for awhile, but when school left out it was hard ... So the day before school started back in We started back... sin... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 11:02:14 EST Sign up for SP Live Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Be sure to sign up for a SparkPeople Live! Online Support and Motivation Meeting this week. There are multiple times available: <BR> <BR> Tues. @ 3pm (EST) with SparkLeaders Anne and Bobby <BR> <BR> Wed. @ 8pm (EST) with SparkLeader Lauren <BR> <BR> Thurs. @ Noon (EST with SparkLeader Lauren <BR> <BR> Can’t make it this week? Sign up for a meeting next week! One additional meeting time has been added for next week: <BR> <BR> Monday 8/15 @ 3pm with new Sp... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 10:48:08 EST My introduction to heart disease... Hi everyone, I'm new to posting here. I guess the best place to start is at the beginning. I spent most of February with a four week flu/cold virus that had me in bed most of the time. My doctor eventually diagnosed me with prediabetes and all seemed fine. Then I went for sleep apnea testing and was tested positive ~ apparently, I stopped breathing 39 times every hour. <BR> <BR> After a reprieve of two or so weeks, I woke up one morning with a horrible tummy ache and the bloating of a 9 mont... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 12:27:02 EST 2011 Summer 5% Challenge - Sign Up Now! This is your invitation to join the 2011 Summer 5% Challenge. First you must join the Community Team. Then go to 'Just Joined the Team - READ THIS FIRST' for the instructions on how to sign up for a team. When the teams are formed the Community will be closed and no late arrivals. Please invite your friends to join the challenge too and let them know which team you are joining. Also you can mention it in your blogs and add a link to the 2011 Summer. <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 09:18:58 EST I became an unwilling member of the Heart Sisters Hello everyone, <BR> I am Janea. I am needing support to get my diet (not the one that makes you lose weight, but the one that makes you live well) on track now that I have joined the ranks of one with heart disease. <BR> <BR> My diagnosis came after having a heart attack six weeks ago that required stenting of my proximatal LAD and ballooning of a couple other arteries. This was a wide awakening because I don't have the typical risk factors, and am young (in the world of cardiology). ... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 22:40:28 EST Need Encouragement Before My Dr Appt!! I have an appt with my cardiologist on Tuesday. She told me in December that I had to start losing some weight, and begged me to lose even just 10 pounds by April 19. Well...April 19th is Tuesday, and I've actually gained about 25 pounds since that appointment. <BR> I'm scared. <BR> I was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy and Ventricular Tachycardia 8 years ago. 7 years ago I had my first ICD implanted and 6 years ago I had it replaced with a new one. I think I have about 6 more months on my batt... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 22:32:52 EST new here Hi everybody.. I was diagnosed with CHF at 27 back in 2001.. so its been 10 years now. <BR> At first i was waiting to die, because my cardiologist told me I had 6 months to live.I was 361, had sleep apnea, and diabetes( found out in 2003 ). I had a pacemaker/defibrillator put in ,in 2003. My 2nd one was put in , in 2010. <BR> <BR> Anyways, about middle of 2009, I thought" I haven't died yet, maybe I should plan to live", so I got a nutritionist for 6 months,and started reading up on diabetes... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 22:31:29 EST how to de-stress a stress test/echo appointment how do you de-stress prior to the annual stress test and echo ? <em>38</em> especially w/merc retrograde <BR> <BR> remind me never to ask questions like this again. there is no answer to this question - doctoring is not pleasant time waseters <em>334</em> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 07:25:16 EST Easter temptation How do you all control the temptations that come with this holiday? With all the chocolate and Peeps food out there do you have a plan or substitute in place to keep you from going back down the path you do not want to be on? <BR> Staying active keeps me away from all those foods that come with the season and having plenty of healthy stuff around to keep the sugars out of my body. Granted I take in one or two to satisfy my craving every now and then but in general I feel good about how I am ... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 18:56:54 EST Hi I am so glad to meet all of you. My name is Joy I am the 10 generation on my daddy's side of the family to have a heart attack. I had mine when I was 47 years old. There is one big difference for me I am not going to allow it to kill me at a young age like so many other generation. My daddy died at age 54, when I was 12 almost 13 years old. My grandmother was 59 years old and her father was only 64. With the help of the people that I love and others I am going to break this trend. What so man... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 19:08:14 EST I am new my name is areesha and i have suffered a heart attack in Nov 2009 and have 2 stents and have 25% damage to my heart, I had 100% blockage in WIDOW MAKER artery and an very very lucky to still be here.. Wed, 16 Mar 2011 17:41:13 EST Co-leader I want to share what happened to me and why the heart logo has a link if you click on it: <BR> <BR> My story- <BR> <BR> I'm 42 healthy years of age!! :-/ <BR> <BR> Monday December 27th 2010, while at work at the new job I took at the Surgery Center of Anchorage, I was working at my desk when I felt some pain under my armpits and shoulder blade areas. I was a little short of breath because of it so I went to the bathroom, thinking it was gas or something, to try and solve it. When I left I ... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 21:23:05 EST Did you make healthy choices today? Eat healthy, exercise, be happy and get plenty of rest and sleep. Sat, 12 Mar 2011 20:59:58 EST December 27th, 2010... My Rebirthday I started this journey, by joining Weight Watchers, the 1st of September, 2010. I ran out off the shoot loosing 2-3 pounds a week for the first three months. Then I went home on vacation where all those restaurants you miss are in your face and I had them all. <BR> Then in December I had an unexpected heart attack at 42 years of age, quite honestly should not be here - it was called the Widowmaker, and have been plateaued since that event. Now with this new website and new way of watching my ... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 20:58:29 EST Hi I'm new to the group and to Spark. I had a stroke and a heart attach in August and September of 2008 respectively. I was told by my doctor that I had to loose the extra weight or that was it. At the time I weighed 322 lbs. I now weigh 189 lbs. My blood pressure is under control and I have been taken off of all heart medication. I know that when you first have the attach you feel that you will never get your life back, but you can and you will with the determination to try. I have always belie... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 17:40:19 EST Where is everyone? I keep checking everyday and there are no new post. I need others that are going through the same thing I am. This is a healthy heart Spart team, come on people lets go, I need you. <em>247</em> <em>410</em> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 10:20:59 EST Congestive Heart Failure??? I need help, I was diagnosed many years back, my aorta valve was replaced and the doctors and I thought it got rid of the CHF but I was told I have it this week. I knew since the summer things were right but I kept hope what I was thinking it was wasn't but nope I was wrong. I am looking up on the net and going to order books. I am only 53 and want to live to be 93. That may be stretching it but I want to do everything I can to control it. If anyone is living with it and can give me some ... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 20:32:26 EST I'm new to this group Hi Everyone. I'm new to this group and I'm hoping to really benefit from it. I am 38 years old and have had heart trouble the past few years. Recently things have been worse and we are trying to figure out what's wrong with me. Today, I start wearing a halter monitor for two weeks. What they are trying to figure out, I don't know. This is the 3rd time I've done this is the last 2 years and it's getting old. This time there are no palpitations, just a little discomfort. I'm trying not to worry... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 13:19:31 EST Overcoming family genes I had a heart attack on my mother’s birthday in March 09. I had the indigestion kind and no abnormal EKG/BP in the middle of it. The lazy paramedics even made me walk down the stairs since my self-described elephant on my chest pain was obviously not heart-related. I insisted on going to the hospital anyway (although discouraged by the paramedic) since I had never had to call the paramedics in my life so I knew something was wrong with my body. Luckily the doctor saved my life because of my f... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 00:57:10 EST I'm new and suffer from Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Well I just want to share my story... My name is Heather and I'm 21. I'm married and have a one year old son named Bryan. When I was 6 months pregnant I started having awful heart palpitations, felt like I was drowning every time I laid down and starting gaining weight like doctors dismissed it all...when I was 38 weeks pregnant I thought I was going into labor so I went to the hospital. They told me "congrats! you're having a baby tonight!"...or so we thought....I was in labor for... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 20:10:25 EST cardio diary Has anyone ever worn a loop recorder for two weeks for recording cardiac arrhythmia? Since I started wearing this loop recorder I hardly have any palpitations unlike 2 weeks back. <em>198</em> Thu, 20 May 2010 02:54:58 EST Hi I'm new... Hi, my name is Donna, I am 52 and live in Southeast Texas. I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters. Also three very spoiled canines. I live am living with a mechanical aorta valve, change out last June. I almost died and was in the hospital in Houston for over a month. I am recovering from both knees have surgery at the moment. I am excited to be on this team and hope to meet others that are living with heart disease and coping with it as I am. The is not my first round w... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 20:55:20 EST Hi I'm new and I'm a heart failure survivor <em>41</em> Tue, 13 Apr 2010 13:08:11 EST I am New H all, <BR> I am Bre, <BR> I am 43 years old and was taking Lisinopril for high blood pressure. I also weighed 300 lbs. <BR> I was diagnosed with CHF secondary to weight and Lisinopril. Yeah I know Lisinopril is supposed to help your EF. I am allergic to all ace inhibitors. <BR> When I left the hospital I was terrified absolutely terrified of taking any medicines. I came home with 5 prescriptions and got them filled and never took them. My Ef was 35%. <BR> I decided right then and there that... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 19:45:47 EST Palpitations during exercise If you are having palpitations while working out, should you stop or continue with what you're doing?Like after a few minutes break? <BR> Anybody else have palpitations while working out? Tue, 30 Mar 2010 02:18:45 EST Anxious about tests! Hi, I am fairly new to SP,2/0/10. Do any of you get really anxious about health tests?I have to have a nuclear rest and stress medication induced heart test Thursday and Friday and I already am obsessing and worrying up the gazzame about this and I can't seem to get it off my mind. It sounds so silly to me,I do have OCD,but this is ridiculous! Have a sparkful day! Diana <em>24</em> <em>26</em> <em>253</em> Wed, 24 Feb 2010 13:06:44 EST Following up I am new in the team and in Canada <BR> I used to live in the middle east.I was a consultant surgeon. <BR> I had a coronary attack in Dec. 2004 and two stents after two weeks. <BR> 2 years ago I came to Canada and visited a cardiologist who studied my condition. he prescribed exercise. and I started. after two years I am double better than the day he examined me. body wise, blood tests wise and mind wise Fri, 12 Feb 2010 04:25:59 EST New Member in 2010 Hi everyone! Happy belated New Year to you all. I'm a 54 year old woman who had a mild heart attack in Montreal when I was 48 and had a stent inserted in my descending aortic artery. Prior to my MI, I had been on high blood pressure medication for years and struggled with overweight issues most of my adult life. I continue with anti-hypertensives twice a day and 40 mg daily of a simvastatin, as well as take 81 mg of asa on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> After the MI, I underwent 8 months of ou... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 09:31:10 EST Ready for the New Year? I will be celebrating my second "spark-versary" at New Years. My resolution is to log in and keep up with logging my exercise time daily. I've gone to the gym and walked as usual but haven't had time to log in here and keep up with it. I'll catch up this week. <BR> <BR> What's your fitness/health resolution? <BR> <BR> Happy New Year to you all! <BR> Evelyn <em>408</em> Sun, 27 Dec 2009 07:27:44 EST Where are you with exercise program and goals? As we come to December, with the constant round of holidays and celebrations, where are you with your exercise program and the goals you've set for yourself this year? <BR> <BR> For myself, this has been a hard year with major work hassles, which I hope have been resolved with a big change I'm making in a week or so. I've written about it on my blog. <BR> <BR> Blessings to you all, and I hope you've had a wonderful Thanksgiving! <BR> Evelyn Sun, 29 Nov 2009 06:51:07 EST What is the weather like where you live? Here in East Tennessee it is partly cloudy and the high in the low 70s, beautiful fall weather. Fri, 13 Nov 2009 14:27:52 EST Beautiful fall weather! Despite days of rain (we've gotten our yearly rainfall average entirely in the last month, breaking a severe drought) we have had the most gorgeous clear blue sky, cool air days here. I've been enjoying some long walks in the crisp fall air. <BR> <BR> Anyone else being able to get outdoors more? And what are you doing outdoors? <BR> Evelyn Sun, 25 Oct 2009 06:49:10 EST How many cups of water did you drink yesterday? Since drinking water is so important I think this would be a fun way to help us keep track of this. <BR> <BR> 12 cups for me on Saturday Sun, 4 Oct 2009 13:18:04 EST What do you d o to stay cool? Alesxgirl1 suggested a good discussion starter... It's been triple digits here in Central Texas for weeks. One of the side effects for many of us who have had heart problems is that it is really difficult to deal with the heat. <BR> <BR> Other than air conditioning ( a must-have here!), how do you deal with the heat. <BR> <BR> For me, it's exercising first thing in the morning, and not doing a lot of cooking or laundry in the evening as they heat up the house.... <BR> <BR> Any good tips ... Sun, 12 Jul 2009 14:16:32 EST Hello, I'm new to this team! Hello... <BR> <BR> I joined SPARKPEOPLE the end of May of this year and have been looking over some of the teams. This one sounds fitting for my situation. In 2002, when I was 52, I had a coronary stent implant. At that time, I went through cardiac rehab and lost weight and exercised regularly up until about two years ago. Since then I have put on all the weight I lost and need to improve my exercise program. <BR> <BR> I think SPARKPEOPLE can help me do that! <BR> <em>224</em> Sun, 5 Jul 2009 11:59:48 EST How hot is it where you are? It's been triple digits here in Texas for weeks now, makes it hard to do any outdoor exercise. I go to an airconditioned gym in the early morning, but I'm missing my evening walks. <BR> <BR> How do you deal with the heat, or is it a problem where you are? <BR> Evelyn <em>67</em> Sun, 28 Jun 2009 07:00:57 EST What;'s everyone up to in June? I'm starting summer school in June, a little shorter workday, which is nice, then 2 blessed weeks of vacation in July... <BR> <BR> I am going to read and work in my flower beds and try to fit in some extra walks with my time.... <BR> <BR> What do you do in summer? <BR> Evelyn Sun, 7 Jun 2009 07:03:49 EST What healthy habits do you cultivate? Since most of us here have had rude wake up calls concerning our heart health, thought I'd ask what habits you have worked on to make yourself healthier? <BR> <BR> I just completed a whole year of exercising at least 30 minutes a day! Now, most days, I'm actually doing more than that, but the doctor has reassured me that 30 minutes daily is what a body (and heart) requires for good health, and I've found that for me, at least, having a goal that I can attain is way better than setting someth... Sun, 24 May 2009 07:04:29 EST Coumadin Conversations Curious how many are on coumadin (warfarin) and how everyone is doing on it.... <BR> <BR> There is so much that needs to be dealt with when you take this med it can be overwhelming...and I must say the informational videos they show to introduce you to it are rather "honky-dorky"... <BR> <BR> Please share your experiences with this med and any unexpecteds you have come across... <BR> <BR> when they draw for blood tests...make sure you get your arm wrapped well! It is rather difficu... Fri, 15 May 2009 08:24:14 EST I am seachellefly I am a full of energy person with congestive heart failure and a bunch of other big heart words issues that I often have to ask for clarification in english on....and then STILL dont quite follow it. <BR> <BR> I am young too....which always make people think I am even weirder then I really is odd to be the youngest one walking into the anti-colagulation clinic by 20-30 years....they often think I am a delvery person or something... <BR> <BR> I do have serious concerns and questions... Thu, 14 May 2009 06:24:40 EST Happy May! A couple of days late getting this out, but I hope spring has found everyone of you! What's going on in your life this month? <BR> <BR> Mine is full of the end of school, as always a hectic time, plus my son is leaving for Iraq mid-month. My youngest brother is graduating from the seminary and being ordained this month, also, so lots of family stuff going on. <BR> <BR> Take care, and post often, <BR> Evelyn Sun, 3 May 2009 09:54:33 EST An Anniversary Today is 2 years from my bypass surgery. I'm celebrating my health as well as Easter today. Does anyone else think about their "anniversaries"? <BR> Evelyn Sun, 12 Apr 2009 09:08:38 EST Another year of life, what a blessing! Just a quick note to say that 2 years ago on my birthday they found my heart blockage and told me I'd have to have a bypass... Well, today is my birthday and I am now able to work out daily for an hour, walk for hours to shop and play with my granddaughter. My cholesterol and blood sugars are in the normal range with minimum medication. I hope that all the rest of you find this kind of health and motivation and are as blessed as I have been. I am so grateful and thankful every day that I hav... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 07:41:00 EST What are your goals for spring? Now that spring is here, does anyone have goals for this beautiful time of year? Mine are to add at least a couple of walks in the evening to my usual gym time. I also will start doing yard work on weekends. I love being outside and get to do so little of it! <BR> Evelyn <BR> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>437</em> <em>125</em> Sun, 22 Mar 2009 08:04:11 EST Congratulations on being appointed as Team Leader! Hi Evelyn <BR> Congratulations on being appointed as Team Leader! <BR> Because of current commitments, I'm kind of taking a Spark break at the moment, but if there's anything I can help you with, let me know. <BR> Hugs <BR> Jenni Tue, 17 Mar 2009 16:36:04 EST Resigned as Team Leader Hi all, I have resigned as Team Leader of this group. I'll see you on the message boards. <BR> L, Jenni Mon, 9 Mar 2009 08:04:13 EST New Member Hello everyone! I am a new member. I am 51 years young, mother of 2, grandmother of 4. I joined this community because I have several heart issues. I had open heart surgery when I was 21. I have had issues with arrhythmia for the past 20 years. I've had a pacemaker for 7 years now. I have a bicuspid aortic valve with an aortic aneurysm, that is being monitored every 6 months. I work full time and have a very busy life. Sat, 21 Feb 2009 12:11:43 EST Welcome MARIEISSYWISSY! A great big Heart Healthy welcome to the team! Make yourself at home here, and introduce youself to the rest of the gang! <BR> Good luck in your journey! Sat, 7 Feb 2009 03:16:42 EST IF YOU LIVE IN SE GEORGIA - SAVE APRIL 25TH.. HELLO <BR> <BR> IF YOU LIVE IN SOUTH EAST GEORGIA WE ARE HAVING A SPARKPEOPLE GET TOGETHER ON APRIL 25TH.. <BR> <BR> IT WILL BE HELD ON ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA. FAMILIES ARE WELCOME. LETS MEET AT 10:30AM AT THE CASINO. THERE ARE PICNIC TABLES SO PLEASE BRING YOUR PICNIC LUNCH AND DRINKS. REST ROOMS ARE AVAILABLE. I AM HOPING THAT WE CAN HAVE A WALK FOR ABOUT 1/2 HOUR OR SO.. FOR THOSE THAT DO NOT WANT TO WALK THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO. THERE ARE LOTS OF LITTLE SHOPS, A PIER, AND OF... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 22:32:40 EST IF YOU LIVE IN SE GEORGIA - SAVE APRIL 25TH.. HELLO <BR> <BR> IF YOU LIVE IN SOUTH EAST GEORGIA WE ARE HAVING A SPARKPEOPLE GET TOGETHER ON APRIL 25TH.. <BR> <BR> IT WILL BE HELD ON ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA. FAMILIES ARE WELCOME. LETS MEET AT 10:30AM AT THE CASINO. THERE ARE PICNIC TABLES SO PLEASE BRING YOUR PICNIC LUNCH AND DRINKS. REST ROOMS ARE AVAILABLE. I AM HOPING THAT WE CAN HAVE A WALK FOR ABOUT 1/2 HOUR OR SO.. FOR THOSE THAT DO NOT WANT TO WALK THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO. THERE ARE LOTS OF LITTLE SHOPS, A PIER, AND OF... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 22:32:24 EST Welcome PHILLIPCLAWSON Welcome to the Heart Healthy Team! Drop by our message boards and introduce yourself to the gang! There are lots of useful tools here at SparkPeople to help you achieve your goals, but the one I find the most invaluable is the support I get from other members. <BR> Good luck with everything! <BR> Tue, 3 Feb 2009 16:27:05 EST Share a recipe Spicy Asian Beef & Snow Pea Soup <BR> <BR> Prep: 5 minutes <BR> Cook: 20 minutes <BR> <BR> Serves: 6 <BR> Ingredients: <BR> Vegetable cooking spray <BR> 1 lb. boneless beef sirloin steak, 3/4-inch thick, cut into thin strips <BR> 1 cup whole baby carrots, cut in thin strips <BR> 4 oz. fresh snow peas, cut into thin strips <BR> 1 medium onion, cut in half and sliced <BR> 3 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1 tbsp. minced fresh ginger root <BR> 4 cups Swanson® Beef Broth OR Swanson® 50% Less Sodi... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 22:47:51 EST Welcome LAYDESHER <em>235</em> to the Heart Healthy team! <BR> <BR> There are lots of useful tools here to help you achieve your goals, but the one I find the most invaluable is the support and encouragement I get from other members. <BR> <BR> Please stop by our message boards and introduce yourself! <BR> <BR> Good luck with everything! <BR> <BR> Jenni <BR> <em>51</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2009 01:26:12 EST Let's celebrate our Anniversaries! How about everyone posting the date of their heart treatment or procedure so we can celebrate with one another? <BR> <BR> After all, the purpose of this team is to share successes in living with heart disease, and to encourage and support one another in living our best lives! Wed, 28 Jan 2009 13:45:23 EST Anyone else have days like this? This morning I woke up feeling so hungry that I could eat a horse! Anyone else have days like this? Wed, 28 Jan 2009 01:53:26 EST Yoohoo! Anyone out there? Morning all! Here's wishing each of us a heart healthy and happy week. <BR> <BR> Anyone have anything of interest to post on our boards? <BR> <BR> Come on team, let's give it a go! Right now our boards are looking pretty bleak! <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> Wed, 28 Jan 2009 01:12:23 EST Welcome MOM4BNB Welcome to the Heart Healthy team, MOM4BNB! We'd love to meet you...stop by our message boards and introduce yourself! <BR> Good luck in achieving your goals! <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 Jan 2009 06:40:38 EST hi I'm joanne hi just wanted to check in I'm new.i just got a pacemaker two years ago,and now my new best friend is the gym have to be real good because my daughter got her pacemaker at four and is now 13.i know she is looking forward to me living a long time. what an inspiration my daughter is she plays basketball,soccer, swims,you cant even tell she has one, together we are the can do girls. Mon, 12 Jan 2009 20:37:18 EST hi I'm joanne hi just wanted to check in I'm new.i just got a pacemaker two years ago,and now my new best friend is the gym have to be real good because my daughter got her pacemaker at four and is now 13.i know she is looking forward to me living a long time. what an inspiration my daughter is she plays basketball,soccer, swims,you cant even tell she has one, together we are the can do girls. Mon, 12 Jan 2009 20:36:40 EST Welcome to the Heart Healthy team, AUDREYEU! Welcome to the Heart Healthy team, AUDREYEU! We'd love to meet you...stop by our message boards and introduce yourself! <BR> Good luck in achieving your goals! <BR> Mon, 12 Jan 2009 15:01:38 EST WELCOME ALEXSGIRL! Welcome ALEXSGIRL to the Heart Healthy team! We'd love to meet you...stop by our message boards and introduce yourself! <BR> Good luck in achieving your goals! <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> Sun, 11 Jan 2009 15:33:46 EST Happy New Year all! Here's to us, one and all, the very best for 2009! Health and happiness always. <BR> <em>283</em> Fri, 2 Jan 2009 09:37:26 EST Welcome to new member HANEYBIRD! Welcome to the Heart Healthy team! We'd love to meet you...stop by our message boards and introduce yourself! <BR> Good luck on achieving your goals! <BR> <em>235</em> Mon, 29 Dec 2008 00:20:45 EST Changed our Icon Hope I dont confuse anyone...I was bored and made us another group icon! (my hobby is computer graphics) Sun, 28 Dec 2008 09:54:53 EST Welcome to PRINCESS77771 Welcome to PRINCESS77771! We'd love to meet you! I hope you'll feel at home with us. <BR> Wishing you every success. <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Jenni Tue, 23 Dec 2008 01:41:47 EST It's the weekend!! Morning all! It's a glorious morning here in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The sun is out and there's not a breath of wind. It rained last night and today everything looks so fresh and clean. After days of summer heat, rain is exactly what we need in this part of the world. <BR> No matter what the weather is where you live, have a great weekend y'all! Sat, 20 Dec 2008 02:21:27 EST Hi I'm Annie Hi, my name is Annie. I am a 20 something with heart disease and was recently told I need to lose 40 pounds to help my heart. I really want to and the motivation is there, I just can't do it alone. Will you guys help me? <em>24</em> Thu, 18 Dec 2008 21:05:36 EST Stress and Heart Disease If anyone is interested, I found an interesting article on how stress contributes to heart disease. Printer friendly page <link><BR>asp?articlekey=42357&pf=3&page=1 </link> Mon, 8 Dec 2008 00:30:58 EST What are you planning for the festive season? Morning all! I was just wondering what everyone has planned for the festive season? How do you celebrate Christmas day and New Year? <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Jenni Mon, 8 Dec 2008 00:20:59 EST Why no Group Icon? Why does this group not have an icon? It looks so forlorn without one! Mon, 1 Dec 2008 16:02:25 EST Hi! I'm Jenni! Hi! I'm Jenni from South Africa. <BR> <BR> Last year at age 57 I had a stent inserted in my mid circumflex artery - it was 99.9% closed, and I was on the point of having a heart attack. My cardiologist's very words whilst performing my angiogram were that I was "one VERY lucky lady to have caught it in time!" <BR> <BR> Although I am overweight (and I'm working very hard at reducing my weight), I have average to low blood pressure, low cholesterol, normal sugar. However, as the widowed mot... Mon, 1 Dec 2008 11:15:40 EST Hi My name is Rick. I am 43 yrs. old, father of three, and an avid cyclist. My wife and I just completed our last cycling event on Oct. 12 (75 miles in 4 1/2 hours). I celebrated the end of cycling season by having a heart attack less than a week later (Oct. 18) which led to angioplasty and two stents. <BR> <BR> Although I new that I had genetics against me, I was not prepared to be dealing with heart disease at this age. So right now I am just sort of feeling my way around and trying to ... Sat, 25 Oct 2008 22:51:28 EST New Member Hello <BR> <BR> I am Michelle. I am 39 and was diagnosed with CAD three years ago. Mon, 29 Sep 2008 04:19:39 EST Another New Member I am a 56 year old grandmother of 13 1/2. I had quit smoking in 2001, diagnosed with COPD in 2003. Went back to the Dr's in 2005 to find out I do not have COPD but have CAD. My carotid arteries are 50% blocked. One coronary artery is 100% blocked and the other is 50-70% blocked. My cardiologist has chosen high risk management for me and still going that route 3 years later. So hard to believe it has been that long already. When I get stressed or overtired I seem to have more problems of press... Sat, 20 Sep 2008 00:50:56 EST Heart attack/stent Hi, <BR> I found this wonderful site yesterday and I'm starting to see all the different sites. I am 58 years old and had a heart attack last month. A stent was put into a coronary artery that had been 100% blocked. I'm recovering but sure do find that I get tired very easily. <BR> I'm on alot of medication for cholestrol, high blood pressure, beta blockers, blood thinners, etc. If there is anybody out there that has had a stent put I would like to hear from you. Have a great day! <BR> Corin... Mon, 28 Apr 2008 19:16:57 EST Hi!! New Member!! Hello- My name is Amy... I'm 24 yrs old. I started having problems with my heart when I was about 20 yrs old or so. I have episodes of sustained Ventricular Tachycardia. It was hard to get treated for this because by the time I'd to the ER the episode had ended. All my doctors thought it was anxiety. They finally gave me an event recorder that recorded an episode of VT that lasted about 30 mins. I'm very lucky to be alive. My doctors think I have arrythmogenic Right ventricular Dysplasia. <B... Mon, 3 Mar 2008 12:01:01 EST New member, recent stent recipient, questions Hi, I live in NKC, Mo, am a diabetic, extremely overweight at 285lbs., taking over 14 medications daily for high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, hypothyroidism, nitroglycerin for apnea, and just had a stent placed in my main frontal artery on Thursday with an 88% blockage. I had been complaining of not feeling well, having chest pain, shortness of breath and anxiety since December, but none of my doctors did much until I had used over 25 of my nitro tablets in a two week period did the... Sun, 24 Feb 2008 15:29:14 EST new member Hi everyone, I'm 29 and had two heart attacks, I had the first one aged 25 and the second about seven months ago. I got two stints and a shed load of pills to take everyday! <BR> After the second one I managed to put on two stone which I'm now trying to shed the best I can. I'm eating healthy or trying at least, The only good thing is that I've got a good reason to have a glass of red a night! Wed, 6 Feb 2008 18:25:11 EST What are you doing to keep your heart healthy? This year, I am really working hard on the diet and exercise aspect of heart health. <BR> <BR> Diana Sun, 20 Jan 2008 14:39:28 EST MITRAL VALVE PROLAPSE Anyone out there have this or know much about it? My husband is 33 and was told this is what he has. We have to go back to the doctor on Tues for a full exam. They did an EKG in the after hours clinic to find this out. From researching online, it is not serious if you have no symptoms,but if you have symptoms, which is why he went to the doctor to begin with, then it could lead to other problems. I just need some peace of mind since we have to wait until Tuesday for further testing. We are wo... Wed, 5 Dec 2007 22:53:42 EST Hair Loss I am noticing a large amount of hair loss lately and I was wondering if anyone knew of any heart medications that may cause this.. Or if they are aware of any medications taken in conjunction with heart medications that can cause this. <BR> <BR> <BR> Be well, <BR> Annie <BR> Sun, 2 Sep 2007 01:47:28 EST Introduciton... Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I began my journey with Spark People last week and up until now I have just been lurking and looking around, but I decided it was best to do an introduction. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Annie; I am Forty-three years old, divorced with a Ten-year-old son, who I often refer to as "The Wee One." <BR> <BR> <BR> I live in Seattle, Washington, I have lived in several other places also Arizona, California, Hawaii, Mississi... Fri, 20 Jul 2007 07:19:27 EST Blood pressure I am excited today I just got taken off one of my blood pressure medications. I am down to one and he told me if I can keep losing weight I might be able to go off of that one to. Wed, 11 Jul 2007 13:26:51 EST Hello Team! <em>213</em> <BR> I died of a blocked artery on April 22, 2005. My co-workers shocked me back to life and I was life flighted to the hospital for a couple of stents. I want to do everything I can to keep my heart healthy. <BR> <BR> Diana Thu, 28 Jun 2007 12:10:32 EST Checking in... I will probably be checking in and out more now. My mother-in-law just called to tell us my husband's father died this morning. My husband is at a conference five hours north of here and his mother lives four hours south of here. Catch you when I can. <BR> <BR> Diana Thu, 14 Jun 2007 12:27:00 EST