You and I know that there are things we could do to get healthier.
- Exercise more
- Eat better
- Get more sleep
- Manage stress
Last Friday, I had a patient, on her way to my office call me at the last minute to cancel her appointment. In her message she said she suddenly felt sick and that she didn’t think it was a good idea to continue on her way.
What she didn’t knowwhen she called mewas that she was havinga heart attackon the way to my office.
Of course I am going to protect her privacy but here is something she would want you to know: she didn’t know she was having a heart attack when it was happening.
She felt sick. She was vomiting. She didn’t feel right.
Did you know that women often mistake the signs of a heart attack as symptoms of the flu?
There is a campaign on television I bet you have seen that says, “Don’t die of doubt”. I get it now. Watch the 30 second video because I know, after hearing this story, you will pay attention too.
So what do you need to do? Commit to:
- Exercising more
- Eating better
- Getting more sleep
- Managing stress
- Making preventive care a priority
This Fall I got crazy busy. I let my workout schedule slide. The boys and I ate out way too much. I stayed up late. I got up early. I overcommitted and it was stressful. I delayed getting my yearly mammogram, cancer screenings at my dermatologist, yada, yada, yada. I’ll spare you the details.
In December I caught my breath and I realigned my priorities. I scheduled doctor’s appointments. I got clear about making commitments. I went back to eating clean a majority of the time.
I also joined OrangeTheory Fitness. In 3 months I lost 15 pounds. More importantly, working out helped me manage stress, sleep better, eat better – and I do it with my best buddies. I get to see them more regularly and that counts for something.
If you haven’t heard about OrangeTheory Fitness, learn more by clicking here. They are popping up everywhere. For me, it is a perfect fit. See what you think.
Even when we do everything right, we are not immune to health issues for sure. It’s not a guarantee.
As a 45 year old woman heals from her health crisis, you and I wish her all the best in her recovery. We also can educate ourselves and put healthy plans into action.
We can agree that 45 is way too young to have a heart attack.
Until next time,