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Star Jones Talks Fitness and Family Nearly 10 Years After Her Open Heart Surgery (EXCLUSIVE)

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TV personality, lawyer, and heart disease thriver Star Jones has been keeping a low profile lately — but that doesn't mean she hasn't been keeping busy when it comes to her health. 

Nearly 10 years after undergoing emergency open-heart surgery, Star opened up exclusively to Distractify during American Heart Month to talk about her fitness, her family, and why women need to be more proactive when it comes to their heart health. 

"I was one of the millions of Americans who consider heart disease an 'old white guys' disease.' I never thought it was a disease that women had to be focused on when in reality heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans, the No. 1 killer of African Americans, and and the No. 1 killer of women," she revealed. "At three for three, I should have been much more aware but it really wasn't until I started experiencing some pretty strange symptoms — shortness of breath, intense heart palpitations, extreme fatigue, lightheadedness — that it started to concern me."