We think of it so romantically…
But what happens when it breaks…
Actually…I’m talking about this kind of heart….
I think that we all take our hearts for granted. I know that I do. I bet that most of you do as well. I keep telling myself that tomorrow I will eat better…tomorrow I will start exercising…tomorrow…tomorrow…tomorrow…
Always tomorrow…what if tomorrow is too late?
A colleague of mine just buried a friend last night who died at the age of 41. Another friend and colleague is at the hospital today with her husband who may need open heart surgery. Did either of these people think that it would be them?
Last week, the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) released its 34th annual “Health, United States Report.” Per this report: in 2007 – heart disease was the leading cause of death in the U.S.- at 25 percent. Despite this fact, Americans consistently make choices that put their heart health at risk.
Nine out of 10 heart disease patients have at least one risk factor. Several medical conditions and lifestyle choices can put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Cigarette smoking
- Overweight and obesity
- Poor diet
- Physical inactivity
- Alcohol use
Below is the percentage of U.S. adults with heart disease risk factors in 2005-2006.
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In 2003, approximately 37% of adults reported having two or more of the risk factors listed above. (source: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus08.pdf )
I hope all of you take a moment to love your hearts today…rather than waiting until tomorrow…because for 1/4 of us…tomorrow will be too late.