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If we were having coffee, I would want to have a heart-to-heart talk about the importance of taking care of yourself. If you haven’t heard how I learned that lesson the hard way, please check out one of my posts about the blood clot (DVT) I ignored for several weeks because I was on a business trip, and then it was Thanksgiving, and then ….
I really thought I knew better now, but just last week I caught myself putting off my health again. I was chiding a friend for being reluctant to treat her exercise-induced asthma when I realized that I never made that follow-up appointment with my pulmonologist that I’ve been meaning to make since January.
One reason I finally made that appointment is to make sure I have an unexpired albuterol inhaler to use before the Lawyers Have Heart 10K next weekend. This is the one 10K that’s always on my race calendar because while I don’t like racing in the summer, and the course isn’t very scenic, I am a lawyer, and I do support the mission of the American Heart Association.
The first time I dedicated this race to a loved one, I ran in honor of my friend’s father, who had recently survived a stroke. After I recovered from my DVT, I ran to support the AHA’s programs that raise awareness of the symptoms of blood clots, and how to prevent them. Since my Dad died of sudden heart failure, I’ve been running in his memory.
If we were having coffee, I would make sure you are aware of the unique stroke warning signs for women.
If we were having coffee, I would ask how many of these steps you are taking to reduce your risk of heart attach and stroke.
If we were having coffee, I would ask you to help spread the word and promote heart health by heading over to my Lawyers Have Heart donation page and making a donation to the American Heart Association. This infographic shows what a difference your donation can make!
Please click through the image and make a donation!
Are you good about taking care of yourself?
Did you know that breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness can be symptoms of a heart attack?