Heart Disease Awareness

Heart Disease AwarenessFebruary is the month of sweethearts and love. We eat candy, give valentines and think of red roses. But have you thought about loving your own heart this month?

I first thought about heart disease 24 years ago.

My dad was being admitted to the hospital for triple bypass surgery. He was 46 years old.

A few years later I started nursing school. To make ends meet and score a free membership to the gym, I began teaching weekly aerobic and weight training classes.

Several years after working as a nurse, I landed a job in cardiology at The University of Pennsylvania Hospital. I saw men and women who were no longer able to take a shower without getting short of breath. Continue reading