Pumped For Heart Health with Gordmans!

12:06 AM Lisa Prang 5 Comments

As you all have seen on my Instagram this month, I’ve been sharing all about the Gordmans #getpumpedforhearthealth campaign! For every photo shared with the hashtag, Gordmans will donate a $1 to The American Heart Association in honor of Heart Health Month! How cool is that?!

Although April is coming to an end, that doesn’t mean being aware of your health should stop. I’m a firm believer that what you do now will pave the path for your future - health wise especially. I’m not sure if it’s because I grew up playing sports or with healthy foods, but I’ve always been very aware of my health. Heart disease does run in my family and if you know me, anything health related scares me to death! Honestly gives me more anxiety than I would like to admit. I’m trying to live my life well balanced to help prevent any major health issues in my future. I’m not perfect - I love indulging, you can FOR SURE see me ordering my veggie salad with a side of fries…

Let’s back back back-it-up a sec —

When I was born the doctors thought I had a hole in my heart. Luckily, all was good but I have grown up with a heart murmur. Nothing too scary just your typical “you need to take medicine before you get your teeth cleaned” type of thing. Why? The AHA recommended people with heart problems take short-term antibiotics before the dentist to reduce the risk of an infection of the heart’s lining or valves caused by oral bacteria. It was super interesting to me. 

During elementary school I used to get these heart flutters that would take my breath away. I distinctly remember the feeling as it happens here and there still to this day. OKAY let’s be real, I’ve always been way too in-tune with my body ever since I can remember. But anyway, elementary school — I got those flutters and it really scared me. I had to wear a heart monitor 24/7 to school and soccer at the time. When I felt the flutters come on my mom had to dial into the heart center place (I honestly don’t even remember what the place was) and they had to listen to my heart beat through the monitor. After about a month of the monitor they narrowed down to a pulmonary stenosis which is: Obstruction to blood flow from the right ventricle to the pulmonary artery. It’s caused by the narrowing (stenosis) from the ventricle to the pulmonary artery. 

Fast forward to today, I still have a mild heart murmur and get heart flutters like I’m sure many people do here and there. I’ve never noticed any issues during cardio which is so nice since I love running! Although I’m SO lucky I haven’t had any big issues since, the thought of something happening in the future with my genetics does scare me! There is no sense in worrying about the future but I’d be lying if I said I don’t time to time! So in the meantime, I’ll be over here working on my fitness trying to build a strong future for my health! We only have one life to live so why not make it the best?
In other terms, YOLO! 

So glad Gordmans partnered with the AHA this month — I found so many great activewear items at such a great deal! I’ve been sporting these leggings / shorts combo to the gym and recently on my weekend getaway to the beach! I encourage you all to do something today to improve your heart health. Whether it’s finally running that mile you’ve dreaded, eating some leafy greens or even taking a relaxing weekend to de-stress and unwind! 




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