When Rosie O’Donnell visited Dr. Mehmet Oz on his talk show earlier this year, she discussed her weight woes and diabetes. What they never envisioned: that she would suffer an almost fatal heart attack in just a few months. But that’s precisely what happened, and now Dr. Oz wants to send a message to other women: what happened to Rosie could happen to you. To emphasize that point, Dr. Oz asked Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, Director of Women and Heart Disease at Lenox Hill Hospital, to explain what happened to Rosie – and how to prevent it happening to you. One key: what you eat and your weight can, literally, help determine your fate.
What Rosie suffered was a 99 percent blockage that “could have killed her,” says Dr. Steinbaum. “Rosie told the world that she waited 24 hours before seeking help because she wasn’t sure her painful symptoms were actually coming from her heart.” Because heart disease ranks as “the number one killer of women,” you must be “vigilant” to be aware of the symptoms and do all you can to reduce your risk, Dr. Steinbaum emphasizes. “We now know that obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, and stress also all play a role in the development of plaque in the arteries.” Rosie admitted that she avoided exercise and struggled with her weight. To reduce your risk, try one of these diets from Dr. Oz:
- Dr. Oz’s cheat plan to help you lose weight and still enjoy your favorite foods
- Dr. Oz’s only approved crash diet: eat all you want of nutrient-rich foods for seven days and lose up to 10 pounds
- Are you a “curvy girl?” Get Dr. Oz’s “Fit and Fab Guide” to slim those curves.