It's the month of love, hearts, caring and sharing. The month of February finds people all around the US confessing their love to their one an only; while many walk the desperate road of solitude hoping to find that special someone on Valentines Day. To some this month is about love, to others it is all about heart health. February is heart health awareness month and for those of us who almost died a few years ago from a heart attack, this month holds a certain level of significance.
After having a heart attack at the age of 37 I approach this month with one clear message directed to the people of the world. Get of your butts, put down the unhealthy salty and cholesterol filled foods and take your life seriously. Stop smoking, stop drinking and start living your life as this is your last one...because it is. I won't go into the details of my heart attack as I have shared it millions of times, but feel free to buy my book and learn something (link is a few blog posts below). This blog post is really about YOU and a quick slap to the face...a wake up call if you will that I am happy to provide.
Heart disease is a real thing. Its silent, deadly, will creep up on you in the middle of the night and try to kill you. If you eat crap food, don't exercise and indulge in the activities of smoking and drinking...get ready to be a statistic as your chances of death are pretty high. That's it! Do those things and your chances of heart disease increase. If you don't your chances decrease.
However, its not too late. Reach out to your primary care doctor and have them schedule an appointment with a cardiologist to have your heart checked out. Learn how to take your blood pressure. That skill alone can help save your life and give you clear indications of hypertension, and high blood pressure. Exercise!!!! You must exercise and learn how to eat for heart health. Its easy! Learn more about the foods that are going into your body and the impact the have. Their are millions of books and people with sound medical and practical advice who can help you down the path of heart health.
Take it from me when I say I did pretty much everything right, but I still had a heart attack. So, if you do everything wrong and you know who you are; go get checked today. It's never too late to educate yourself, it's never a bad time to make a life change and it's time to love your life. See you in the bush!