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Getting to the Heart of the Matter

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Keeping your heart healthy is imperative, but how do you do that in a world full of fast food, technology (in place of exercise), alcohol, and tobacco? Yes, I know you’ve heard it all before, but humor me…here it comes again!

In the United States, heart disease is the number one killer of adults. We eat too much, move too little, drink alcohol like water, and puff away on cancer sticks (a.k.a. tobacco and weed). You’d have to live under a rock to not know all those behaviors contribute to diseased blood vessels and weak heart muscles…but knowledge doesn’t always bring about change.

High cholesterol, high blood pressure, stress, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, diabetes, alcohol intake, and smoking are all heart disease risk factors we can change and control…if we want to. Heredity and gender (men have greater risk than women, but take “heart,” women are catching up) are two risk factors you’re stuck with.

Change and control are the two sticking points here. Our flesh…senses, feelings, emotions, desires…is the most difficult thing to control. We want what we want when we want it! Cheeseburger, fries, Coke, and an apple pie a-la-mode sounds yummy, and I don’t even have to get out of my car to indulge. Drive-thru windows ROCK!!!!!

All kidding aside, heart health is something we should take seriously. Preventing heart disease, rather than treating it once it’s here, should be a priority starting in childhood. Developing a heart-healthy lifestyle is the key, and in the long run, it protects the organ you can’t live without!

If you want more information about heart-healthy lifestyles, go to www.heart.org

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Live Blessed!

Dr. Sue

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