HEALTH: What I’ve Learned from My Mom’s Heart Attack
EAT BETTER. MOVE MORE. AND, TAKE A DEEP BREATH
A year ago this week, my mother had a heart attack which nearly claimed her life. Always independent, she had been living alone upon moving from New York. Fortunately, a neighbor stopped by to check on her that day and paramedics responded promptly. A sobering moment in the lives of many every day.
Heart disease affects more women than men and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association. What I didn’t realize was just how pervasive this is in our society until my mom had two strokes and survived a third heart attack last March. The best defense is knowing the warning signs in men and women early on and acting quickly when it occurs. Reducing stress, regular doctor visits, eating better (less processed, more whole foods), committing to daily fitness routines to improve our strength, flexibility and overall balance of mind, body and spirit — all these things matter at any stage of your life.
Now in her 70s, my mom has lived with diabetes for more than 30 years — eventually going blind in one eye, hearing loss in an ear yet still managing the best she can with limited health care. Though chronic illness has taken its toll over time, her invincibly positive spirit remains intact, which always amazes me. We talk nearly every day and she’s excited about what each day brings, along with my aunt who she lives with now … and looking forward to planting a few fresh herbs for the spring.
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American Heart Association: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/
‘Go Red For Women’: https://www.goredforwomen.org/home/about-heart-disease-in-women/
Huffington Post article on well-being: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joe-polish/pillar-1-of-the-third-metric_b_4960080.html