Knowledge is Key in Preventing Heart Disease

7:05 PM, May 22, 2013   |    comments
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Taking care of your health should be an everyday thing. 13WMAZ wanted to shed light on heart disease, the number one killer of men and women in America.
    
April 10, 2013 was a turning point for 51-year-old mother of two, Diane Bloodworth. After her son's baseball game, Bloodworth stopped at Taco Bell for food.

When she got home, she felt some indigestion, which for her was normal. After that Bloodworth took medicine and washed her son's clothes.

The next morning Bloodworth said she felt like she had the flu and went to work anyways. "I was in the process of having a heart attack," said Bloodworth.

At work, a doctor happened to walk by and noticed something was off about her. He ordered tests that showed Bloodworth had blockages in a couple of  her arteries. That's when doctors decided to use stents to open them up.

Bloodworth said she's adjusting to having heart disease, but it will take time, especially because she used to run half marathons.

Dr. Amy Kingman said it's important to eat healthy, exercise and not smoke, to decrease your chances of getting heart disease.

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