February is known as Heart Health Month. Please pass this message along to all the moms, sisters, daughters, grandmothers that you know.
My mother used to have two fried eggs every morning. Whenever we went to McDonald’s, she would have a hamburger and fries. If we had a steak dinner, she would have a rib eye and a baked potato loaded with butter and sour cream. At the age of 45, she had a heart attack. Yes, it happens to women too. Thankfully, she survived and changed her diet for the next 30 years. Now, she only eats beef once a month. She jogs for 20 minutes everyday and she only drinks alcohol when my siblings and I come home for the holidays. She changed her lifestyle and has many more years with us and her eight grandchildren.
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death, but it is also one of the most preventable diseases. Heart attacks happen when the blood flow in the arteries of your heart a severely restricted. Imagine you are on a highway with three lanes. Because of poor upkeep, the number of lanes gets reduced to two and then eventually to one lane. After no maintenance, the final result is a complete closure of all lanes. A complete closure of blood flow in one of the arteries of your heart is what causes a heart attack.
Have Your Cholesterol Checked During Heart Health Month
To prevent the blockage in your heart, you should have your cholesterol checked. Modifying your lifestyle and eating habits can greatly change the amount of cholesterol in your body. Cholesterol is divided into two components: LDL and HDL – i.e. bad cholesterol and good cholesterol. Your total cholesterol should be lower than 200. One of the ways to reduce your cholesterol is to change a few habits. If you normally eat beef three times a week, switch it out for chicken for 2 of those days. Add exercise to your routine. Walking for 30 minutes even two times a week will make a difference. The heart is a muscle and you need to keep that muscle strong. If you smoke — quit. If you drink alcohol, reduce the amount you drink.
This is just some of the basic information you need to know about heart disease. Read more about the warning signs and how you can keep yourself healthy at http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/
Please have your mom or sister or grandmother daughter make an appointment with their own doctor or one of the physicians at LaGrange Medical Center and Urgent Care to have their cholesterol checked. It can be a life saver.