Grandfather walking with grandchild.

Heart Health Awareness

By Jennifer Blanck, Call Center Staff Member

In March of 2010, my 55-year-young father had been having issues with leg cramps and was going in for a heart stent to improve circulation. However, the stent procedure turned into a quadruple bypass. It was one of the scariest times in my life to see my dad after the surgery so pale and lifeless and hooked up to so many tubes and machines. When we spoke with the doctor after the procedure, the doctor said that if my dad did not make some major changes to his lifestyle he would probably be dead in five years. The changes have not been easy, and he still struggles with some, but six and a half years later my dad is still here. This is why heart health is so important.

There are a variety of celebratory dates to raise awareness about heart health, including: World Heart Day on September 29th, American Heart Month in February, and National Wear Red Day on February 5th. Communities and organizations have events such as walks, concerts, sporting events, screenings, and public talks to help educate and show the importance of a healthy heart. There are many things that we all can do to help keep our hearts healthy such as exercise, healthy diet, getting regular check-ups, and not smoking or drinking alcohol, especially where there is a history of heart disease. It is also a good idea to follow doctor orders if you find yourself at risk of or with heart disease. Taking charge of your life by doing what you can to control your health is the best way to ensure a long life with your loved ones. Talk with your doctor about what you can do to have and maintain a healthy heart and make sure to get regular screenings.

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