Again, great care by great WV-based clinicians saved me and have blessed me with optimum health. BUT… Obviously I was not doing something right. And my “assumed good health” became a personal conjecture not based on science, fact. I was not taking care of myself, was overweight, and had lab work that pointed to having an increased risk for heart disease. Knowing that I was cancer-free 10+ years, having a strong family history for heart disease, and having recently been blessed with a beautiful granddaughter became my key motivators!
Making significant changes in daily activity, losing weight, sustaining a healthy diet, reducing stressors, and making sure that I get the cardio-based exercise are essential for my personal healthier lifestyle. The keys to all of these things is making sure that you incorporate other survivors, share frequently with your family and personal champions, and listen intently to your clinicians/trainers. My bloodwork now shows that I have attained probable protection from coronary artery disease risk but this is not a given without hard work.
No it’s not easy and you have to pledge to work daily, but the short and long term benefits are obvious – extend your healthy life and opportunity for continued blessings as long as possible! The best advice that I can give to every person, especially those of us who hail to be West Virginians (historically having a poor family health history), is to start early in life and maintain/sustain your personal health! We are not invincible, and we must pray for strength and work hard every day to invest – the greatest wealth one can have is good health!
I have always been a lover of seafood and fresh fish (especially if I’m lucky enough to get out to a stream or lake and catch it myself!). Since my heart stent was placed, I have made a conscious effort to eat fish or other seafood at least 2 – 3 meals a week.
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