Heart health is a huge issue in this country. We treat our bodies as if they can take anything and will last forever. We fill them with unhealthy choices and sit around watching reality TV, instead of really living life. I am trying, with each new day, to break this cycle for myself and my family. It isn't easy, but we are striving for balance. We still watch TV and eat greasy food from time to time, but I don't want that to be the norm. I want our hearts to be as healthy as they can be.
I don't often get up on a soapbox, but I will today. Please take care of your heart. If you're reading this, you are likely a person I care about very much and even if I don't know you, I still want what is best for you. We have been given the gift of a beating heart and it is our responsibility to treat it well.
In honor of Heart Month, I also want to take the opportunity to thank the amazing medical team that I've worked with over the past several years. My cardiologist, Dr. Thoresen, is wonderful. I could tell he was emotionally affected when he had to tell me about my second surgery (something you don't always see in a doctor) and he gave me his cell phone number so we could text regularly last year when my health was deteriorating. Both of my surgeons, Dr. Hiratzka and Dr. Ivey, are the best of the best and I believe I got the best medical care in the city with them. All of the staff at Christ Hospital, during my stay last year, were caring, professional and took special care to make me feel as comfortable as possible. I will forever be grateful to these people.
Happy Heart Month :)