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Rosie O'Donnell has gastric sleeve and talks heart awareness

Rosie O'Donnell is back in the news again, this time talking about the vertical gastric sleeve. She says "I did it to save my life," according to People.

Rosie O'Donnell speaks at Go Red event in Detroit
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As many people may recall, Rosie had suffered a life threatening heart attack in 2012. This year, she was invited to the American Heart Association Go Red For Women luncheon in Detroit as a keynote speaker. According to an interview with Fox Detroit, Rosie talks about how women are more concerned about the well being of other people than they are of their own well-being.

With that in mind, the month of February is American Heart month. According to the Center for Disease Control, they mentioned in their CDC Feature (February is American Heart Month), heart disease is the number one killer among women and men in the United States. In addition, it is the leading cause of disability among Americans.

According to the American Heart Association, warning signs of a heart attack may include, but are not limited to, chest discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes, nausea and shortness of breath. The chest discomfort may feel like an uncomfortable pressure or squeezing kind of pain that can travel into other portions of the upper body (ex: jaw, arms, back, abdomen).

Other symptoms may include sweating and lightheadedness. Unfortunately, women may present with signs and symptoms that are much different than how men would typically present.

It is imperative that if a person feels any of the above symptoms to seek emergency medical assistance immediately by calling 911. The 911 call taker may recommend taking aspirin after confirming that the victim does not have an allergy.

The key to good heart health is diet and exercise. Choosing nutrient rich foods can help battle the fight against heart disease. It is recommended that a person should be getting in 30 minutes of exercise five or more days each week. Other lifestyle changes that will help the fight against heart disease include smoking cessation, reduction of blood pressure and cholesterol, aim for a healthy weight, limit alcohol, stress reduction, and diabetes management.

*Disclaimer: This article is not medical advice given under professional direction or obligation. If you have any questions or concerns about your health, please talk to your doctor. Please talk to your doctor before taking any over the counter medications/supplements and before starting a new diet or exercise routine.*

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