We Are the Habits of Our Lifetimes – Cheerios Circle Of Hearts Giveaway
I’ve heard that cardiac problems are the #1 cause of death in women. I had no seen a heart specialist ever. I had nothing to worry about — or so I thought. Then about a month ago a physician ordered several referrals so I could be medically cleared for upcoming surgery.
Off I went to the psychiatrist. He spent 2/3 of the 45 minutes he spent with me listing the medications I brought him and the rest of the time reacting to my statement I did not feel stressed as a child. That came with adolescence. (Ca chink from the human into the cash register.) Next it was a dietitian. I handed her what I wrote. She told me about dietary changes, both pre- and post-surgery. She encouraged me to contact her any time I wanted. (Nice lady, professional. On to see my pulmonologist. He looked at the results of some previously ordered tests. He talked with me about the pluses of having surgery, He wished me luck. (Good doctor, involved with his patients.) Then it was the gastroenterologist. He examined me and ordered tests. The upper endoscopy showed G. E. R. D. and the beginning on an ulcer. Another colonoscopy is on the way since the last one documented IBS. (Great bedside manner, thorough).
Last I visited the cardiologist. He reviewed stress and blood gas tests then gave me the jolting news. I had a heart murmur and two leaky valves. I am still trying to make light of this but can’t really. This old car’s engine needs a good tune up. He recommends lowering cholesterol and stress. I would have never known if I had not needed pre-op clearance. Worst thing is that there are 63% more like me who wouldn’t find out this year.
Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance in fat in the bloodstream or cells. It clogs the flow of blood from the arteries to the heart. It is the major cause of coronary problems. When blood vessels are narrowed or blocked, it increases risks in heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. The body needs good cholesterol to help in the digestion of food, make hormones, and create Vitamin D.
Now how can people help themselves? Tobacco, alcohol, and limited physical activity worsen cholesterol problems effect on the body so life styles must change. Smoking and drinking must become no no’s; exercise, yes yes. How can people reduce bad cholesterol? Understanding that diet is a big component is the first thing. Make simple changes like eating beans, a vegetable sources for protein at meals and having healthy phyloserols like flax seeds and peanuts for snacks. Avoid foods high in saturated fats and trans fats. Limit all food from animal sources including cheese, egg yokes, fish and poultry to a max. intake of six ounces per day.
I was never aware of the risks for heart disease. Luckily I carry insurance, two different policies actually. I can afford to go to the doctor’s and have tests. However, there are millions of women in the United States who can’t. In today’s economy, there is nothing available medically for the working class “poor”. Something has to be done about this.
The folks at Cheerios also think something needs to be done. Yes, I do mean Cheerios the cereal, a product I have eaten since I was a little girl. Cheerios is willing to donate $1 to help fund regular cholesterol screenings for women in need for every specially marked box of cereal that they sell. They recognize this is an important cause and want to help prevent deaths. Please pick up the Cheerios Helping Hearts box at the store. While you are waiting on the check out line, read the box. It explains its promo and clearly shows nutrition highlights and ingredients. When you get home enter the code from the box on the Cheerios Circle of Helping Hearts website. Every time you do so between now and January 31, 2010, Cheerios will donate $1.00 up to $200,000 to WomenHeart. YOU can make a difference for another woman’s heart.
Thanks to My Blog Spark and Cheerios there are three bracelets from Charity Charms waiting to be shipped to the winners of this giveaway. Each of these beautiful freshwater pearl bracelets features a heart charm to signify the importance of raising awareness of women’s heart health.
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