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Take it From Someone Who Has Heart Disease...

Heart disease is a killer, making it a very scary thing. The risk factors for heart disease include family history, diet, smoking and a lack of exercise -- 3 out of the 4 are factors that we have control over.

Maybe if you don't know anyone with heart disease, it is hard to realize the harm and pain it brings. Charlie Hoff, former CNN reporter, has experienced heart disease first hand and he tells his story in his most recent blog on CNN. Here is an excerpt:

The pain associated with the onset of a heart attack is angina. Angina is non-discriminating and may attack your body in places other than your chest. My first episode was signaled by a pain in the neck - I was alone, confused and in denial. I did not get help for several hours and I have paid the price.

To read his full blog and to hear how someone with heart disease deals, visit CNN.com. The best way to avoid heart disease? Prevention (healthy diet and proper exercise, which I am teaching you here on FitSugar). You really do not want to have to go through angina and finding treatments to make life livable.

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Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
You're talking about Mr. Hoff as the person who knows, not you, right??? My brother died at 13, thirteen years ago, from an obscure heart disease. That's when we found out my young mom had the same disease...she ended up going in for open heart surgery at 32 and just last year had a defribulator 'installed.' They get readings from it over the phone and found it gets used between readings (the device activates to regulate the heartbeat). Scary stuff! I do everything I can to take care of my heart now...and support the Red Dress Project.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
is and heart disease is the no.1 killer among women, that is scary!
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