Heart Health Basics

Meet Your Heart

There's so much information about heart health, it can be overwhelming. Where do you start? Right here. Learn the basics about how your heart functions and most importantly, how to help keep it healthy.

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"I take Women's Bayer Aspirin regularly to prevent another heart attack."
"At 35, I had a massive heart attack 5 days after I delivered my second baby. I had a dissection in the main LAD which blocked my artery 95%. I lost 40% of my heart muscle on that day, which has never come back. I almost died, but by the grace of God and amazing doctors I survived. I have 6 stents and a defibrillator. I should have had open heart surgery but I was not stable enough as I just had a C-section five days prior. In addition, where the tear was located in my heart it was too dangerous for the doctors to try to fix. They truly didn't know how to help me. I remember being in the Cath Lab and I looked the doctor right in the face and said "you have to save my life, I have a newborn at home". I will never forget the look of fear on his face. He did it. My doctor placed 4 stents and hoped the part of the tear that they could not get to would heal itself. They had to roll the dice. I was truly lucky!

I am on all kinds of meds as I am in heart failure with an ejection fracture of 30. I had to go back in the hospital because I was still having chest pain. Turns out I had scarring in one of my other arteries from the stenting and was at risk for another heart attack. I had to be readmitted to the hospital. The doctors wanted to then do open heart surgery, but only if the heart muscle that was damaged had any life to it. I had to have a 2 hour MRI only to find out the muscle was dead and there would be nothing to save- so no reason for open heart surgery. My doctor felt it was best to just stent again. I was in and out of 3 hospitals for 28 days. My husband slept on a cot every single night. He was my rock. I will celebrate 4 years post heart attack on Oct 20th, which happens to be my wedding anniversary. Weird, right?

Overall I feel great and although heart transplant may be in my future, I continue to live life to the fullest. I was the picture of perfect health, low blood pressure, in good shape, worked out during both pregnancies. My heart attack was directly related to my pregnancy. I had a dissection post-partum. I have always wanted to share my rare story. I am alive today because the Lord wanted me here on earth to be with my family and raise awareness of this very serious disease that continues to kill women every day. My doctor has put me on aspirin therapy and I choose Bayer. I take Women's Bayer Aspirin regularly to prevent another heart attack. I stand behind your brand and product and am thankful it's available for people like me."
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The two most important omega-3 fatty acids are EPA and DHA because they're the ones your body can't make on its own. But how do they help your heart?
The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least 2 times a week—particularly fatty fish. Some people choose fish oil supplemeents to get their omega-3s instead.
Ask your doctor about the heart health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil supplements. Print this
To get more omega-3 fatty acids, you can take an omega-3 supplement, or eat more fish—but you can also try these fun ways to boost the heart-health appeal of every meal.