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'Sharing Miracles' Television Program to Feature Super Bowl Winner, Hall-of-Famer Mike Ditka
Date:6/3/2009

he adds. "It scared me, it put the fear of God in me, and I did a lot of things differently. But the stress was still tremendous, and I didn't deal with it any differently."

Ultimately, it took another scare to get him to change his ways. Six years after suffering a heart attack, Ditka had to undergo an angioplasty to repair a clogged artery. "Now, I've learned how to control my stress. Winning is the farthest thing from my mind now."

He speaks about the important role that awareness plays in his health: "You take life for granted until you come face to face with the reality that you're not going to be around forever. I thought to myself, 'I'm Iron Mike. I'm invincible.' You've got to understand that you're not taking this trip through life alone."

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. With 865,000 heart attacks a year in the U.S., someone dies from cardiovascular disease every 37 seconds.

That's why America's pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies are committed to discovering new medicines to treat heart disease and stroke. In fact, today there are 312 potential new medicines in development for the diseases, including 16 for heart attack, 33 for heart failure, and 11 for coronary artery disease.

Speaking in the new episode about the methods for treating and controlling cardiovascular disease is Eli Lilly and Company scientist Dr. Anthony Ware. "It's been shown very clearly that reducing levels of bad cholesterol has a beneficial effect in patients in whom it's elevated. This can be done through a variety of measures, including diet, exercise and weight loss, and also with the use of medicines, which now are very powerful at reducing levels of bad cholesterol."

The episode also includes an interview with fellow Pro-Football Hall-of-Famer Roger Staubach.'/>"/>

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