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My War Against Heart Disease | Mary Biever | One Writing Mother

My War Against Heart Disease

Getting over a heart attack is different from getting over the common cold.

Yes, I’m thankful that I won the first battle – surviving the heart attack. However, I see a common misconception that surviving that attack means that life resumes as it had before the heart attack.

Instead, it means I won Battle 1 against heart disease and will be at war against it the rest of my life. If I return to the habits that brought me to a heart attack before the age of 50, then I dramatically increase the likelihood of a second heart attack and more complications.

The small decisions I make each day play a huge part in whether I win the war against heart disease:

  • What I cook at each meal makes a difference.
  • What I order when we eat at restaurants matters. When you eat to live, instead of live to eat, your first purchasing decisions eating out are based on what’s the least harmful food on the menu and how can I make the most nutritious choices.
  • Whether I exercise and how I exercise impacts my future weight loss, triglyceride levels, and more.

Each time I make a bad choice “just this once,” I might as well be playing Russian Roulette with my health and lifespan.

Some make bad choices because they say they want to enjoy life.

I want to enjoy life too. What I didn’t anticipate during my heart attack recovery, as I totally flipped my lifestyle, was how much better I would feel. I have more energy than I’ve had in years, and that makes life more fun.

This is a battle I will wage every day for the rest of my life. I don’t know the outcome, but I do know I’ll do whatever is in my power to lower risk factors.

And I ask friends and family to help me in 2 different ways:

  • If you see me making bad choices, remind me of what I have to live for: more time with my friends and family.
  • The one advantage I have is that I know the battle I’m fighting. Many out there are losing the battle against coronary artery disease without realizing it until it’s too late. If you can make better choices for your own lifestyle, I challenge you to make them starting right now. Not in an hour. Not after dinner. Not tomorrow.

But here and now.

Aren’t the people we love worth doing what we can to win this war?


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