Dr Oz: Star Jones – Not Just Old White Guys Get Heart Disease!

Dr Oz - Star Jones Talks About Her Heart SurgeryThat is what Star Jones realized when she was told she had heart disease and needed open heart surgery immediately! Star Jones, prosecutor, legal correspondent, former co-host of The View and a Celebrity Apprentice contestant sits down with Dr. Oz to share her experience with heart disease and why she is now a National Volunteer of the American Heart Association.

Star Jones thought she had put her health problems behind her.  She kept off the 160 pounds she lost through gastric bypass surgery, exercised regularly, ate healthy and practiced portion control.

But then Star said she started not to feel right.  She was very tired, having heart palpitations that were intensifying and had shortness of breath.  An echocardiogram revealed she had heart disease. Her aortic valve was defective and she needed to have immediate open heart surgery to repair it.  If she had not done the repair at that time,  a heart transplant might have been her next option down the line.  How did this happen?  Heart disease is not supposed to be a woman’s disease. It’s supposed to be an old white guy’s disease.

Well, Star had thoracic surgery when she was 19 and at 19 she felt that life was only ahead for her. No one told her that she might be at risk in the long term for heart disease.  She had no idea that walking into her 20s and 30s, and getting heavier and heavier that she was taxing my heart and adding to her chance of developing heart disease.

But Star has since learned that heart disease is not something women talk about.  That doctors often don’t think of heart disease as a woman’s disease and don’t always diagnose it early enough and today more women die of heart disease than men!

Dr. Oz explains Star’s condition:  The aortic valve regulates blood flow from the inside of the heart to the outside of the heart. When you get older, and if your vitamin D levels are low and/or if you have other risk factors of hardening of the blood vessels, the aortic valve can become stiff and does not open and close the way it’s supposed to. Blood can’t get through it and the heart gets squeezed and strangled and this valve, whose hinges have rusted will no longer open and close. It’s called aortic stenosis.

What are The Symptoms?

  • Tired or weak for more than a week.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Lightheaded and feeling faint, especially after standing up.
  • Heart palpitations.
  • Possible Sudden Death! Which Dr. Oz says is not much of a symptom!

Dr. Oz says, if you have these symptoms for more than a week,  Call your doctor!

Star said she absolutely had all four symptoms right down the line.  She said she was the classic woman who was in heart distress.  And knew nothing about it. She had heart disease, that is the number one killer of all Americans, the number one killer of blacks, number one killer of women.

Star’s message is this “You, the audience now know it and I do not want you to have the same experience.  That’s why I am a National Volunteer of the American Heart Association.  We are changing lives, I promise you.”

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