SOURCE: EmpowHER

EmpowHER

February 19, 2010 18:18 ET

EmpowHER Interviews Actress Jennie Garth About Her Own Heart Condition and Heart Health Awareness

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - February 19, 2010) -  EmpowHER, a health media company for women, recently interviewed Jennie Garth, an actress known for her work on the television show Beverly Hills 90210. Garth, a heart health advocate, discussed her own her own heart condition and the topic of heart health with EmpowHER. She is a spokesperson for the American Heart Association's Go Red™ For Women Movement and February is American Heart Month.

Garth, who lost her father to heart disease, learned about her condition after a routine medical exam. "When I turned 30, due to my father's heart history and my family genetics, I vowed to start seeing a cardiologist every year and just really be proactive and take my own heart health into my own hands," she explains during her interview. "They told me that I had a leaky valve, which is something that is certainly not life-threatening. It's common and it's something that had I not known about it, would I have lived? Sure. But it's something that I think is important to know, especially as I get older and given that I have heart disease in my family."

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death among women aged 65 years and older. However, the organization notes it is also the third leading cause of death among women aged 25-44 years and the second leading cause of death among women aged 45-64 years.

During the interview, Garth also remarked on how preventative care can really make a difference when it comes to heart health. "It's never too late to take your heart health seriously and make it a priority," she explains.

"Jennie Garth very eloquently highlights several points that should resonate during Heart Health Month," states Lishan Aklog, M.D., Director and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at The Heart and Lung Institute of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona and Chairman of EmpowHER's Medical Advisory Board. "Perhaps the most important is that heart disease, the number one cause of death in women, can be prevented, often with modest lifestyle changes. One of the keys is to educate yourself about how to stay heart healthy. For example, easy steps like exercising 30 minutes three times a week and limiting salt intake to no more than 2400 milligrams a day can really make a difference. That is why Jennie Garth's work as a spokesperson for Go Red For Women is so important."

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