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Healthy Living Newsletter - Volume 2, No. 3

Issue Date: February 3, 2005
Publisher: Mellanie True Hills, The Health & Productivity Revitalizer

Escape the hype. The Healthy Living News cuts through all the health clutter to bring you reliable news to optimize your life, your health, and your work.

This is just a reminder to all that tomorrow, February 4, is National Wear Red Day to raise awareness that heart disease is the number 1 killer of women. We’re encouraging all women and men to wear red. Call 1-888-MY-HEART to receive your free red dress pin and wear it with pride for Heart Month throughout February. More information...

In the spirit of raising awareness of heart disease in women, here are some questions and answers regarding women and heart disease. Please spread the word.

Q: Why should women be concerned about heart disease? Isn't breas't cancer our #1 concern?

A: To dispel that myth, here are some significant heart disease and stroke facts for the US , though the numbers for the rest of the world are similarly shocking. These numbers come from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the US government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  1. Contrary to widespread belief, heart disease is the #1 killer of women, and stroke is #3, together taking nearly 1,400 women per day. That’s over half a million women every year.
  2. Each year, 1.2 million Americans have a heart attack.
  3. One out of every two women can expect to have heart disease and to die from it.
  4. Forty per cent of all women’s deaths today are attributed to heart disease and stroke.
  5. Women account for more than sixty per cent of stroke deaths.
  6. Heart disease kills more women than men, and has each year for the past 20 years.
  7. Heart disease and stroke kill ten times as many women as breas't cancer, and more than all cancers combined. Cancer survival rates are increasing, but many of those cancer survivors will die from heart disease.
  8. Women have different heart attack symptoms from men, and they’re more subtle. Many women, and their doctors, don’t know this.
  9. Many women don’t know that they have a heart problem until AFTER they have had a heart attack, making death the first symptom for many women.
  10. Men are much more likely than women to survive heart attacks, and to get more aggressive treatment for their heart disease. As a result, 38% of women who have heart attacks die within one year.
  11. In addition to being the number three killer, stroke is the number one cause of long-term disability, with survivors experiencing memory loss, vision problems, and paralysis. Almost five million Americans are stroke survivors, with almost thirty per cent of them permanently disabled.

Excerpted from "A Woman's Guide to Saving Her Own Life"

Copyright 2005, Mellanie True Hills

Q: How would you know if you were having a heart attack? Would you have chest pains?

A: For most men, yes; for most women, no. Women have different heart attack symptoms from men. Where men typically have crushing chest pain and profuse sweating, women tend to have more subtle symptoms, such as shortness of breath, tiredness or fatigue, nausea or mild indigestion, and/or pain in the left shoulder or arm. If you have these symptoms, please check with your doctor.

The good news is that heart disease can be prevented, if you know how. There's lots of information in past issues of the newsletter about preventing heart disease.

A Woman’s Guide to Saving Her Own Life is due from the printer soon (FREE Shipping on pre-orders, until they arrive).

The Foreword was written by Dr. Clyde W. Yancy, American Heart Association's National Physician of the Year 2003, who said,

"This book chronicles a real life story of a remarkable woman struck by heart disease and the resultant rally of her human spirit that led to a restoration of her health. Mellanie has researched an impressive repository of information on heart disease and has crystallized the HEART program designed especially for women. Part II may be entitled “What Every Woman Should Know About Heart Disease” but every man should read this section as well. I highly recommend the book."

Remember, Wear Red on Friday. And take care of your health--it’s precious.


Mellanie True Hills
The Health & Productivity Revitalizer
Speaker, consultant, health and productivity coach, and
Author of A Woman's Guide to Saving Her Own Life: The HEART Program for Health and Longevity - read the first two chapters

PS. My latest speaking topic is "Getting More Done Without Killing Yourself." I'll be glad to share this topic with your organization, or help revitalize your individual or company health or productivity. Just send me an e-mail. Here are some organizations for whom I have spoken or worked and comments from attendees at my speeches.

PPS. Feel free to reprint this or any of my articles in your publication, company newsletter, or on your intranet. Please include attribution, copyright, and contact information ( and and please send us a copy. Thanks.

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