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Living heart healthy means making some big changes in your life, and you may encounter some setbacks along the way. Sometimes you just need a little motivation to kick a bad habit - or maybe you're feeling down and need some inspiration.

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"Since then, I am in the process of quitting smoking and trying to lose weight - which is hard. I now take an 81mg aspirin regularly."
"I am a 43 year old female who has been a nurse for 17 years and works in a doctor's office. I was sitting at home on May 15, 2011 when I had severe pain in my chest, radiating to my left arm. I ended up in the emergency room when I asked my children to take me. I truly believe that if I had not chewed that 325mg aspirin when I started having the chest pain then it would have been a different story altogether. They did a complete work up and sent me home with Nitrostat to use as needed. I continued to have chest pain on and off. The doctor I work for insisted that I go see a cardiologist (I'm very thankful that she did insist). I did see the cardiologist and had my stress test - and then I had my first cardiac cath where they found that I had a 100% blockage in my left main artery and 80% in my left descending artery.

The cardiologist refused to do open heart surgery at that time and placed 2 stents. He told me that I would need to come back in thirty days to do phase two because I had two more blockages that I needed fixed. I went back on July 12, 2011 and they found that my main artery was 90% blocked and he placed a stent there along with 4 more stents in my right coronary artery. During the time that he was putting the stent in my main artery, I did have a mild heart attack. During both cardiac caths, the doctor stated that he did not know why I had not had a heart attack before and both times he refused to do open heart surgery. He stated that I was too young. Since then, I am in the process of quitting smoking and trying to lose weight - which is hard. I now take an 81mg aspirin regularly. I have a lot of family support but they sometimes treat me as if I am fragile. I love them all but I wish things could be different. It should be me that worries about them, not them worrying about me."
According to a recent study, women with high stress jobs could be 70% more likely to suffer a heart attack.
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