Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Most Heart Attacks Happen On Monday

According to a recent YouTube video lecture by Dr. Jason Satterfiled of USCF, most heart attacks happen on Monday!  Hopefully you are not reading this on a Monday or if you are, you are one of those people that take care of yourself.  Right, everyone takes care of themselves and heart attacks only happen to other people, not to us!

Unfortunately, I have a feeling that any one reading this is not home free when it comes to heart attacks.  Please, by a show of hands, who takes excellent care of themselves?  Ok, I see that the majority of you raised your hand.  Now, how many of you exercise daily or at least three times a week.  Not as many hands stayed up.  Of the hands that are still up, how many of you eat a balanced diet and avoid all the nasty junk food?  There aren’t as many hands up now.  So now, of all the hands still up, who in here monitors their health on a daily basis, checking their pulse rate, and engaging in relaxation and stress reduction?  Where did the hands go?

Come on, a moment ago, everyone claimed to take care of themselves and yet, some of the most simple things you can do to help prevent heart attacks are not being done.  Are you all kidding yourself or just messing with me in this informal poll?

Regardless of how you want to answer these questions, it has been shown that the vast majority of people do not take as good of care of themselves as they portray to others.  In other words, we talk the talk but we don’t walk the walk!  After all, it is your health of course, but why take a chance on going through the horrible nightmare of a heart attack when you can do so much to prevent it. 

It has been shown in studies that after the tragedy of 9/11 or other major events, the number of heart attacks skyrocketed.  Do you think any of those people thought that maybe they were doing all they could to take care of themselves? 

You see, so often we fail to really understand much about our body.  We may schedule regular doctor visits and think that a moment of taking our vital signs after hurriedly rushing into the doctor’s office somehow proves something to us.  Yet, in my opinion and from my experience, it proves very little.  I’m one of those people that the anxiety of the doctor visit will really elevate and mess with my vital signs so in reality, those readings mean very little.

The best thing you can do is begin to understand you from the inside out.  You don’t need a doctor to show you some of these things because there are products on the market today like the pulse meter that show you a great deal of information.  They truly go in and show you what is going on inside of you when you can’t see it, feel it or sense it. 

While there are many things you can do to begin learning and understanding how you or your heart ticks, one of the best in my opinion is to begin charting your pulse rate every day.  Find some regular moments each day or include times where you  think you have a high pulse rate and begin plotting these points.  You may be surprised to see just how unhealthy your body and nervous system are.

Until you begin to measure your pulse rate with a pulse meter, you’ll never quite know what is going on inside.  Yes, you can guess all you want but when it comes to the heart, we only get one of these.  If it fails, you can’t just go down to the local supercenter and buy a new one!  So why not begin to take your pulse and learn about yourself.  It might just save your life!

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