Sunday, March 9, 2014

Be Campbell's Staying Heart Healthy

"Address your heart & stay heart healthy."

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When I younger about 4 years old my Father was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy. What is Cardiomyopathy? 

Cardiomyopathy is a weakening of the heart muscle or another problem with the heart muscle. It often occurs when the heart cannot pump as well as it should, or with other heart function problems. Most patients with cardiomyopathy have heart failure.

My Father was told he only had 6 months left to live with an ejection fracture of 13% he had to do something. Now, I personally call it a miracle, but I also contribute his diet and exercise to his heart ejection fracture going up to now 43% today. I am now 24 years old and he's still with me thank God. We have a long family history of heart problems so it came as no surprise when I was diagnosed with SVT at 5 years old. What is SVT? 

Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is a condition presenting as a rapid heart rhythm originating at or above the atrioventricular node. Supraventricular tachycardias can be contrasted with the potentially more dangerous ventricular tachycardias—rapid rhythms that originate within the ventricular tissue.

I was put on medication - I had to go every 2 weeks to get my digoxin levels checked so I've become accustomed to being stuck by needles. It wasn't until I was 16 years old that I was told there was something that could be done about SVT. A 'Cardiac Ablasion' I was born with an extra electrical wire in my heart so they went in and ablated the problem areas that was causing my heart to function improperly, but unfortunately it was only successful for about 6 months and then my SVT returned. Now, I've always been an athletic child - My father was as well, but even though being younger - I never ate properly. I was thin, but I didn't mind what I was eating which when I was 14 I was diagnosed with PCOS a condition that causes infertility, cysts, and weight gain. It affected my heart - my body - my life! I began gaining weight - I wasn't paying attention to what I ate - soon I began passing out - I had developed 'Sick Sinus Syndrome' of the heart from my ablasion. I was rolled into the operating room once again to have a regular E.P study and found out I have 'Infrahisian Heart Block' What is this? 

A heart block is a disease in the electrical system of the heart. This is opposed to coronary artery disease, which is disease of the blood vessels of the heart. While coronary artery disease can cause angina (chest pain) or myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart block can cause lightheadedness, syncope (fainting), and palpitations.

I believe I have AV block. That day after awaiting a long 3 hour E.P study which usually takes little to no time at all - I was told I would have to have a Pacemaker implantation THAT DAY! I was so afraid! I was rolled back upstairs to await for my family to tell them and knowing I had to go back down for the biggest surgery I've ever had was a terrifying experience. After I had my Pacemaker surgery I've felt my heart still isn't the best it could be so I've taken some steps to change my life, my lifestyle. I began eating a lot of fruits and vegetables. I take 1,000 I.U of fish oil 3 times daily and I've tried a few recipes from Campbell's Soup! I also be sure to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. 

Here are my favorite 5 Recipes from Campell's!

Creamy Turkey & Vegetable Lasagna 

Turkey Meatloaf


 & Vegetable Casserole


Pizza Primavera with Cauliflower Crust

Broccoli & Cheddar Rice



FTC: This post was sponsored by Campell's Soup

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