February is Heart Awareness Month. It’s important to be aware of your risk for heart disease before it’s too late. Here is Philly311’s Jaimie Timmon’s story about how her mom was affected:
“My mom is 62 years old. In 2008, she started to experience a shortness of breath. She was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. She went on a regiment of diuretics and was doing pretty well until October 2012 when she was diagnosed with coronary artery disease. My mom then had to have 5 stents put in. She experienced complications from the procedure and wound up being in the hospital for over 2 months. Now she’s home. My mom’s heart health has changed our family’s day-to-day life. Now we have to read the backs of food labels and take walks. This experience taught us so much about the importance of watching what you eat and exercise. Everybody should take care of their heart.”
To learn more about women’s heart health and ways to prevent heart disease visit the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women website.