Your heart handles a lot in a day. Fortunately, it has an assistant — you! When you know more about what it goes through from morning to night, you can help it stay stronger, healthier, and happier. And keep you that way, too.
Every second of every day, your heart is there for you — it purrs during a good hug, picks up its pace on a power walk, keeps a steady beat when you work, play, and sleep. Can you visualize your body's critical engine doing all that? Probably not, and that's a shame, says Nieca Goldberg, MD, medical director of NYU Langone's Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's Health in New York.
On a panel last year, Goldberg watched women fire questions at a cosmetic surgeon about wrinkles and cellulite. "I realized that if people could look in the mirror and see inside their arteries, my job would be a lot easier," she says. Instead, "out of sight, out of mind" may be a big reason heart disease remains the number one killer of women. So we're giving you the chance to spend 24 hours hanging out with your heart — "that elegant organ that's been beating your whole life," Dr. Oz says. You'll zoom in on a health-minded (but not annoyingly perfect) woman like yourself and see her ticker responding to a day. Ride along, and learn how to protect your amazing heart, tomorrow and always.