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Woman turns to organic foods, not pills to stop heart disease

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – The American Heart Association says heart disease is the No. 1 killer among women. One local woman changed her eating habits to avoid becoming a victim. 

"I eat a salad just about every day," said 48-year-old Kim Heath, who loves to pick fresh vegetables from the garden.

She also loves to cook with fresh herbs, but Heath didn’t always eat this way. 

“I'm a real red meat and potatoes kind of girl. I grew up in the South,” she said.

But after a visit to the doctor a couple years ago, she realized her diet had to change. 

“I started having some heart issues and found out I had high cholesterol triglycerides,” she said.

Heath says she avoided possibly having a heart attack by not taking pills, but by eating fresh foods from the garden. 

Dr. Susan Johnson is the director of health promotion at Medical University Hospital. She says it’s stories like Heath's that led MUSC to create an Urban Farm on the campus. 

“If we can really just change our thought process on what we are eating and just think local, healthy, natural, organic, fresh, lots of variety, we would be really having a huge impact on our health,” Dr. Johnson said.

Heath agrees.

“I'm doing this for myself and for my kids and my husband, and that means a lot,” she said. “That means everything.”

And she’s doing it one batch of fresh fruits and vegetables at a time.

Dr. Johnson will be leading a panel at the Go Red for Women luncheon about foods that keep the heart healthy. 

The luncheon is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Memminger Elementary School auditorium. Tickets are $125.

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