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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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Light and Tasty Pesto

Pesto, light? Pesto, reheatable? Pesto that holds at a buffet party … [Read More...]


Creamy Avocado Pasta

Since my heart attack, I have occasionally eaten ice cream (I think … [Read More...]


Lighter Mac & Cheese

From Cooking Light Magazine Serves 8 Sounds weird, is good. Trust … [Read More...]

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Taco Night

Everyone knows how to make tacos and likes them their way, but I just … [Read More...]

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EmpowerMEnt Challenge Week 2: Rethink your drink

This week's EmpowerMEnt Challenge is an easy one -- replace … [Read More...]


Chicken with Brussels Sprouts

Spicy, crispy, better than take out. This one is worth the effort. I … [Read More...]

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Huevos Rancheros

Serves 4 28 oz. can plum tomatoes, lightly drained 2-5 serrano … [Read More...]

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White Bean Dip

I've been making this recipe for years. It is creamy, yummy, and … [Read More...]