It's Your Heart Podcast

Fighting For Women's Heart Health

“Heart is nothing to put second. You need to put your heart and health first on your list of things to do before you end up first on everyone else’s.”

Cesily Crowser

It’s Your Heart is the podcast for women’s heart health awareness. Our goal is to inform you, to empower you and also assure you that you are not on this journey alone.

To learn how to better take care of our hearts and learn how to live a healthier, happier lifestyle, show host Deloria Jones will be interviewing survivors and their families as well doctors, fitness trainers, nutritionists and other experts. They will share their personal stories and provide tips on how to put our heart health first.

This program was inspired by and is dedicated to Cesily McWashington Crowser, who was an ambassador for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women initiative. She was very passionate about women putting their health first. Cesily helped create the concept of It’s Your Heart with her husband Jerald Crowser and cousin Bubba Jones. In February 2014, Cesily lost her battle to heart disease.
The show is hosted by Deloria Jones, Cesily’s mother. Deloria has held various positions in the communications industry.  Included among these, she spent eight years as a television host for a public affairs program at the Seattle, Washington ABC affiliate, KOMO-TV and two years as a news reporter for the station’s radio affiliate.

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Brandi Aubrey - Be Your Own Health Advocate

Brandi Aubrey - Be Your Own Health Advocate

Brandi felt classic women’s heart symptoms in her early 20’s. However, her doctor dismissed her as being a young woman who was overreacting. Over the next seven years her symptoms worsened and at age 31 she required open-heart surgery to replace her aortic valve and part of her aorta.

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Karen Dionne - Thriving Stroke Survivor

Karen Dionne - Thriving Stroke Survivor

Karen had a hemorrhagic stroke at age 37. It was her then fiancé Michael’s thinking FAST—recognizing the signs of a stroke–that saved her life.

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Jessica McGuinty - Staying Upbeat with Heart Disease

Jessica has lived a full and passionate life while managing her heart health. At age 16 it was discovered that she had mitral valve prolapse, which resulted in blood leaking into her atrium.

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Fainting Is Not Normal - Jenylyn Carpio

Jenylyn began experiencing fainting episodes at age seven, but her heart defect remained undiagnosed until age 22.  Doctors were reluctant to consider heart issues for someone so young, so her fainting spells were always attributed to over-exertion, stress, or dehydration.  Fainting is not normal and should not be considered innocuous.

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Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM) -Noelle Priolo

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among pregnant or postpartum women, yet it is hardly mentioned. Noelle Priolo believes that if she was aware of peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) that she would have gone to the cardiologist when she began having symptoms 34 weeks into her pregnancy.

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Healthy Always Loves You Back - Fit Chef Katy

it Chef Katy Clark shares her 3 lifestyle principles: 1) Your health has everything to do with everything you do; 2) Hard work is what works; and 3) Healthy always loves you back. Fit Chef Katy is a food and fitness lifestyle coach, a personal trainer and she was a finalist on Food Network Star season 7.

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Cherish Hart - 80% of Heart Disease is Preventable

Cherish Hart - 80% of Heart Disease is Preventable

Cherish shares AHA’s Go Red for Women’s life simple seven, some changes you can implement immediately to make a difference in your heart health. Cherish is the Senior Community Health Director for the American Heart Association Puget Sound.

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Healthy Choices for the Family - Mandy LeBlanc

Mandy, a health educator, shares healthy living tips for kids and families, including the types of foods to eat.

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From Our Family To Yours - Jerald Crowser

Deloria discusses her daughter’s heart journey and the inspiration for It’s Your Heart with her son-in-law Jerald Crowser, the show’s producer. In May 2011, the family rallied together when Cesily Crowser had an aortic dissection.

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Food As Medicine - Dr. Anh Nguyen

Dr. Anh is the host of the popular podcast, the Food as Medicine Show with Dr. Anh, which focuses on people who have been healed through nutrition. She is a board-certified pharmacist and health coach specializing in treating cholesterol without medications.

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The Super Ask - McCall Jones

Communicating your needs will lead to a healthier and happier lifestyle, says McCall Jones, the founder and CEO for the Institute of Adult Communication. He discusses how to ask for and get what you need in work, relationships and life. McCall says that women are stronger negotiators than men, however, they often don’t ask for what they need.

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Defying The Odds - Keyota Cole

Keyota Cole was born with a hole in her heart and had two surgeries before the age of five. In her late 20s, new heart troubles led to a third surgery. Shortly after another procedure in 2010, Keyota was excited to learn that she was pregnant.

 

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Walk, Live for Life

Paula like many of us was a busy working mom who prioritized her job and family needs over her own. She dismissed her doctor’s concern over her high blood pressure in 2008 because she didn’t have the time.

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The Smithlin Family - 9 Year Old Saves His Mom

9-year-old Bryce’s quick thinking and CPR performed by his father, Tony, while awaiting the paramedics is what helped to stabilize his mother Kyra after her heart had stopped.

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Finding Time for Heart Health - Laura Vanderkam

Laura Vanderkam, time management author, shares tips for how to make time for activities that are good for your heart health, such as exercise and sleep. She says, “The good news is that even if you do have a full life, there is space for self care and often it is what enables people to have a full life.”

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Using CPR Training to Save a Life - Liz Young

Liz heard screams for help with CPR while she was shopping for plants. At first, she thought a doctor or nurse might be in the vicinity to help. Then she realized she was the one who knew CPR and she jumped into action to save the woman’s life.

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Kristen Hammersmith - Firefighter Trained to Recognize Heart Attack Symptoms

As a firefighter, Kristen has been called on cardiac cases often in her career. She discusses some non “classic” cardiac symptoms that she has seen in women such as abdominal pain or back pain. Some of the cardiac patients have had several symptoms presented and others had just one symptom. Her advice is to know your body and to trust yourself and call 911 if you don’t feel right.

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