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How to survive

So far in my life I’ve experienced two life-altering traumas. Having a heart attack at age 37 was actually the second. The first, and in some ways far more profound, was the birth of my son 9 weeks premature and weighing only 1 lb. 13 oz. He spent 56 days in the NICU and we […]

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Take this heart health social media survey

Heart disease patients and caregivers — here’s an opportunity to influence resources available online. WEGO Health is a health-focused social network of more than 100,000 patient influencers (community leaders, bloggers, tweeps, and Facebook page managers) who are actively involved in health online. The network interested in expanding and developing its heart health/heart disease network and resources and wants to hear […]

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Guest Post: Get your ass to the hospital

Another guest post by my brother, Mike Thorson, about an experience so many survivors have — people asking us about symptoms, telling us their fears, wanting us to describe our symptoms differently than what they are feeling so that they can stop worrying and get back to their lives.  Our responses, though, are always the same: […]

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Top 10 posts of 2014

I love reading end of the year lists. I like the moment of contemplation, however fleeting, they inspire. These are the top 10 most-read posts from 2014, and I especially like the story they tell about me and what it’s like to live my life in red in the third full year since surviving a […]

Women and Heart Disease

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Anything you can do I can do better . . .

When I was a kid I loved the playground taunt "anything boys can do … [Read More...]

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Raise your voice

I like this new Go Red for Women video, because it is something we can … [Read More...]

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Your pregnancy and your future heart health

Did you know that high blood pressure during pregnancy is very highly … [Read More...]

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What 10 years can do

Go Red for Women celebrates its 10th birthday this year. In the 10 … [Read More...]

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Take the myHeart28 Challenge!

Welcome to American Heart Month! I am partnering with The Heart Truth, … [Read More...]

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How to Go Red in 2014

It's heart month time again! This year is my third American Heart … [Read More...]

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30 Things About My Invisible Illness

September 9-15 is "National Invisible Chronic Illness Week," and this … [Read More...]

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Guest Post: Heart Attack Stun

Jodi and I started along this heart attack journey at about the same … [Read More...]

Eating Heart Healthy

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Kale Red Pepper Pesto

This is a new recipe, modified from one I found on the very cool blog … [Read More...]

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Eggplant Marinara

There's a lot awesome about this recipe, including that its made in … [Read More...]

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Fish Tacos

Assemble-your-own meals always mean everyone's happy and I'm … [Read More...]

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Szechuan Stir Fry

I've made this several times, varying the protein and veggies based on … [Read More...]


Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Soup

I bought a big, beautiful cauliflower at the farmer's market on … [Read More...]


Roasted Red Pepper Soup

This is my sister Anna's recipeMakes 8 bowls of soup (how many that … [Read More...]

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Homemade Chicken Fingers

I bought this little American Heart Association kids cookbook because … [Read More...]

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Mushroom Barley Soup

If you love mushrooms or barley and the feeling of nutritional … [Read More...]