February 12, 2013

Got HEART?

28 Days [of] Heart

Day 12

February is the month draped in love, pink, HEART[s], affection, RED, desire, and passion; a month where specific individuals and causes are celebrated and/or highlighted.

George Washington and Abraham Lincoln will be honored and remembered on President’s day [02.18.2013] as both were born in February [the 22nd and the 12th, respectively], and both served our country with great distinction.

Causes highlighted in February include Heart Healthy Living, Go Red! [for] Women, and Congenital Heart Defect Awareness.

Without questions, heart health is a LIFESTYLE; a choice of great import; a battleground.

Go RED! is an American Heart Association initiative aimed towards eliminating heart disease [and] stroke in women through education and research.

We  flared a little RED! something for National Wear Red! Day on [02.01.2013] as a symbol of unity against coronary heart disease.

On the 14th, Valentine’s Day, Congenital Heart Defect Awareness will be showcased: A Day [for] HEARTS. Information on CHD can be found at www.chdinfo.com.

Yet, heart disease remains the #1 killer of women, and women, by and large, remain unaware of their unique risk profile much less how to reduce that risk.

I encourage you to KNOW your HEART, KNOW your RISK, and KNOW your numbers [labs]; maintain a healthy weight, eat a low fat, low sodium diet, and get moving with regular exercise; STOP smoking, LIMIT alcohol, and REDUCE your stress.

I tell you true, heart disease and heart failure is always tragic, but preventable heart disease and heart failure is flagrantly tragic.

MHYH is vested in the sparing of hearts whether from chemotherapy, radiation, lack of awareness, or poor lifestyle choices, no matter. We strongly encourage you to take this focus of this month [and] ACT upon it, even if just one small step.

For now, hearts continue to fail, thus we encourage you to become a registered organ donor @ www.donateLIFE.net

Click to donate [and] join us in our effort to educate [and] equip not only cancer survivors, but also the population at large as to the ‘how to’ of reducing your personal risk for heart disease.

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