Exercise not only burns calories, it can also help your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Your heart will thank you, too. Active people are less likely to get heart disease than people who are sedentary. Talk to your doctor before beginning an exercise routine.
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In my lifetime, I never thought I would hear my name followed by the words "code blue." The moment the blood clot was discovered, the staff was set into a fury. They explained, "You have a blowout in your lung. Some of your lung sacs ruptured." And then these words came: "You've suffered a very mild stroke." I never thought I would hear AmandaJean and stroke in the same sentence either. But I did. It was real and each moment was uncertain. Upon leaving the hospital, it set in. It set in that I was no longer the same. I felt jaded, cheated, and robbed of my youth. Everyone I encountered in the hospital said, "Wow, you really were born in 82. I am so sorry. You're young, you will bounce back." I get that a lot about being so young.
However, I am living proof that stroke and blood clots know no age. I depend on Bayer aspirin to protect my heart and to reduce my risk of another blood clot. Since my pulmonary embolism-induced stroke, I have started a heart-healthy vitamin K free organic diet and exercise regularly. I cannot run anymore but I do enjoy walks with my dog. I will not let my stroke define me; instead I choose to use it as a tool to educate other women about heart health. We only have one heart in this life and we need to take care of it. We are nothing without our hearts, so I choose to make sure my one and only heart is a healthy heart."
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