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February is the month of love and romance, and while it is wonderful to have a romantic interest at this time of year, it’s also good to “love yourself.” It always feels great to give yourself a gift, and embracing a healthier lifestyle is one of the greatest, and cheapest, gifts that we can give to ourselves.
But where do we begin? That can be tough to know, but fortunately we have more clarity today than ever before as to the keys for optimum health. Recent studies have demonstrated that those individuals who live a healthy life are less likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes. Individuals who maintain a healthy weight, eat better, don’t smoke, manage high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, and are regularly active (Life’s Simple Seven) are highly unlikely to suffer a heart attack or stroke before they are 90.
It has also been shown that atherosclerotic disease (hardening of the arteries) can sometimes reverse with appropriate intervention.
The American Heart Association wants to help you get started. One way to do this is by visiting www.mylifecheck.org to create for yourself an individualized set of recommendations for a better, loveable, healthier you.
Jesse Adams III MD FACC
President, Kentuckiana chapter, American Heart Association