Heart Disease: It’s not just a “guy thing.”

The Heart Truth® is a national awareness campa...
The Heart Truth® is a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Red Dress®, introduced by the NHLBI in 2002, is the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness. Visit http://www.hearttruth.gov for information on women and heart disease. ®, TM The Heart Truth, its logo and The Red Dress are trademarks of HHS. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Would you be surprised to know the #1 cause of death for women is heart disease?  It kills about 12 times more women annually than breast cancer.  For years we believed heart disease was a “guy thing.”  Now we know better.

Unfortunately, the medical profession has been slow in  providing up to date, accurate information on heart attack symptoms in women.  Our symptoms are different.

It often takes longer for  women to be diagnosed.  We may have symptoms we and even our doctors  do not recognize as a heart attack.  Learn the symptoms of heart attack in women.  If you are having symptoms of a heart attack call 911 and say “I am having symptoms of a heart attack.”

After losing my mother to heart disease almost two years ago this has become an important issue for me. So important that in addition to my yearly heart health post in February from now on there will be a Women’s Heart Health Thought every month.

Remember heart disease in not just a guy thing. Educate yourself.   Spread the word.  Promote research and awareness.

More information including symptoms of heart attack in women:

Barbara Streisand Women’s Heart Center

Go Red for Women

The Heart Truth

Women Heart

American Heart Association

Thought for Today

Looking Outward
Looking Outward (Photo credit: Tony Fischer Photography)

 

“Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars, 1939, translated from French by Lewis Galantière

 

Snowflakes

“A snowflake is one of God’s most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together!” ~Author Unknown

Copyright 2010 by R.A. Robbins

It was snowing when Bob left for work. I always walk out to the car with him and when we got there he pointed out a snowflake. Yes, an individual snowflake in all it’s glory. The delicate structure of the flake was intact and clearly visible. Remember when we were children and tried to catch snowflakes on black paper just to see this?

I thanked Bob for pointing it out, kissed him and sent him off to work. Then I walked back inside amazed by what I had just seen — that one beautiful, intricate, single snowflake that can shut down entire cities when it decides to work with others.

Chocolate Cake!!!

Chocolate orange cupcakes Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Chocolate orange cupcakes
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

That got your attention didn’t it? Today is National Chocolate Cake Day. It is also my birthday, so I get two pieces, right?

A few days ago I mentioned ways to celebrate a birthday without food. You can still have a wonderful day. However, if you really want cake but live with dietary restrictions there is always another option. You can make your own.

I love chocolate cake. But I don’t love all the sugar and fat that usually finds it’s way into this delicious dessert.  So, this is my favorite chocolate cake recipe.  I love it made as cupcakes.  I prefer my cake naked, but this is so good, you won’t miss the frosting! If you prefer frosted cupcakes use your favorite frosting recipe.

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Ingredients:
1 ½ cup brown rice flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I prefer dark cocoa powder)
1 teaspoon baking soda
Zest and juice of 1 medium orange (approx. 1 T. zest and ½ cup juice)
1/3 cup water
¼ cup agave nectar or ½ cup sugar
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil or unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ – ¾ cup chocolate chips

Directions:
1.  Heat oven to 375 degrees.
2.  Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
3.  In another bowl combine wet ingredients.
4.  Make a well in the dry ingredients and add wet, stirring just to blend.
5.  Stir in chocolate chips.
6.  Place cupcake liners in a muffin pan.
7.  Divide batter among the cups.
8.  Bake 15-20 minutes or until the tip of a knife inserted into the top of a cupcake comes out clean.
9.  Remove from oven, take cupcakes out of the pan and allow to cool.
Makes 12 cupcakes.

This post is linked to the following blog events:

Allergy Free Wednesday

Gluten Free Wednesday

– A 10 Minute Vacation for the Soul

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