Renee Goldberg - September is Cholesterol Awareness Month
Rene has been a resident of Boulder, Colorado for the past 7 years. Her and her husband of 8 years enjoy mountain biking, road biking, RV trips to the mountains and spending time with their dog.
September is Cholesterol Awareness Month which reminds me why it is so important to be informed about our risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Last year, while riding my bicycle to watch a local race I began to feel extremely fatigued and a tightness in my chest. It must be my heavy back pack, I thought as I continued to ride toward the park. Sitting in the grass watching the racers, I couldn’t shake the feeling that something wasn’t right. And then I remembered a PSA about women and heart attacks. Could I be having a heart attack? Realizing it was a possibility, I found the paramedic tent.
The paramedics quickly assessed me and concluded something wasn’t right. They sent me to the E.R. and within a few hours, it had been determined I had an uncommon type of heart attack known as SCAD (Sudden Coronary Artery Dissection). This came as a shock to me. A heart condition was the last thing I expected.
It’s been a year since my heart attack and so much has changed for me. I’ve learned to listen to my body, rest when I need to, and most importantly, be kind to myself. I pay close attention to my cholesterol levels and I am more aware now about how that is effected by my diet. My meals contain more color, less fat and I am moving more! I’m back on my bike, riding with my husband and friends and living each day to its fullest. It’s been an emotional roller coaster to say the least, but I’m stronger for having had this happen. There is life after SCAD and it is just as, if not more, amazing as it was before!
Join me at CycleNation Denver on October 7th at Tivoli Quad in downtown Denver from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. and we can celebrate our survivorship together!
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