February is a pretty important month for my career as it is “heart month”. That means that for the entire month promoting heart health and cardiovascular research is kind of a big deal. The part of my job that separates it from the day to day, is that fact that we really are saving lives…at the cellular, sub cellular level. Part of our job is to promote heart health and teach the public how easy it is to develop a heart failure and inversely how easy it is to prevent or reduce a heart failure as well.
Your heart is a muscle that is supplied energy by oxygen and nutrients that the blood carries to it. Having a constant supply of blood keeps your heart working. Most people think of heart disease as one condition when in fact, heart disease is a group of conditions affecting structure and function of the heart.
Heart and Stroke Foundation says that individuals who have been diagnosed with a heart condition should follow these tips:
- Be smoke-free.
- Be physically active.
- Know and control your blood pressure.
- Eat a healthy diet that is lower in fat, especially saturated and trans fat.
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
- Manage your diabetes.
- Limit alcohol use.
- Reduce stress.
- Visit your doctor regularly and follow your doctor’s advice.
The main concern for heart failure is that most patients that arrive to some sort of cardiac event have no idea that their hearts were in that condition in the first place. It is so crucial that you remain active everyday, get outside and go for a 20 – 30 min walk or run, avoid high fat high sucrose foods and find ways to minimize stress.
I’d like to you to take a moment and watch this video, think about how it reaches you on a personal level. Pass this video along and show it to those who are living a high risk lifestyle and may be susceptible to heart disease. Tell them how concerned you are and show them that you care. You may just save their life.
It’s not to late to start exercising. It’s never to late to change yourself. How do you want to spend the last ten years of your life?