Real Heart Health

Today, advances in medicine and technology have made heart-disease prevention, treatment and control possible. Advances in surgery have also helped improve survivorship. This is great news for all.

Heart disease is preventable and, in some cases, reversible. Join us for National Wear Red Day (February 3) to raise awareness of heart disease and encourage colleagues, family members and friends to do the same. Talk to your doctor to learn more about how to live a heart-healthy lifestyle.

According to the National Institutes of Health, coronary heart disease is the main form of heart disease. A heart attack may happen when an artery becomes blocked, preventing oxygen and nutrients from getting to the heart. Other cardiovascular diseases include stroke, high blood pressure, angina (chest pain) and rheumatic heart disease.

Experts say that there are things you can do to protect your heart. These include eating a heart-healthy diet, controlling blood pressure, not smoking and managing stress.

Some of our readers tell me that life is not always kind or gentle. People may be unkind and disrespectful. These behaviors may “break” a person’s heart. If true, then what is also needed in real life is “real heart health.”

Some of the things that you can do to protect your “real heart” are showing compassion, being kind, being respectful, being inclusive, being less judgmental, showing that you care, loving one another and exercising your faith.

Combining both advances in medicine and people’s experiences in life truly gives us all real heart health. Do your best to take care of your heart, and the heart of others, too! This means that what goes into one’s mouth (like food) is just as important as to what comes out of one’s mouth
(like words). Happy heart day!

Send your health questions to ¡Hola, Oralia! at Together we can help keep Pennsylvania residents and their families healthy. ¡Salud! ◆

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