Star Jones was in the best shape ever when she was 42 years old. She had lost a bunch of weight and she was feeling fantastic. She had lost an impressive 160 pounds after having gastric bypass surgery. She was managing to keep her weight steady with proper diet and exercise. She was however feeling some effects that she thought were from the surgery. She was experiencing shortness of breath, heart palpitations, light-headedness, and exhaustion.
She finally went to see a doctor when the symptoms didn’t get any better and got some bad news. She had heart disease. She needed to have open heart surgery for repairs to her aortic valve. She didn’t understand how she could have heart problems when she was in the best shape of her life. In a CNN interview she stated: “I always though heart disease was an old white dude’s disease. That’s what I’d seen on television anyway. It didn’t happen to newly skinny black women who had it going on”.
She underwent surgery which was successful and is now feeling normal again. She even became a volunteer for the American Heart Association. She wants to spread the word to people that heart disease can happen to anyone at any time. She warns of the symptoms and says not to blow them off because you never know how serious it could be.
Heart disease kills one in four women. A survey taken by the American Heart Association shows that 40% of women do not give a second thought about their heart health. Small changes in your life like eating more whole grains and exercising for 40 minutes per day can help to improve your heart health dramatically.