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Liz Tatham, homemaker, Olathe, Kansas
Gasping for Air
"As a busy mom of four I found time for fitness: I exercised with a personal trainer and ran 15 miles each week. So I was shocked when I started to have trouble breathing and keeping up with my kids."
All About Instincts
"First I was diagnosed with allergies, then bronchitis. But when shortness of breath forced me to crawl up the stairs, I knew something was really wrong. I trusted my gut and returned to my doctor, who referred me to a cardiologist."
Back on Track
"The specialist discovered that I was born with a faulty heart valve. I had successful open-heart surgery, and after three months of rehab, I'm working out five days a week again. I'm passionate about telling women to advocate for their own health and make it a priority."
Take Care of Your Ticker
Show the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement some love by raising awareness of heart disease, the number-one killer of women.
Download the Go Red BetterU program at goredforwomen.org/betteru for 12 weeks of free nutrition and fitness tips to help you get a healthier heart.
Step it up at one of more than 300 Heart Walks around the country (heartwalk.org).