Save your life, be more heart healthy

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By The Staff

We all want to live a good long life. But let's be honest. We don't always take the care we should with our bodies. We don't eat right. We don't get enough exercise. We smoke.

And that takes its toll on our bodies ... specifically, our hearts.

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S.

And since 1963, each February has been declared as "American Heart Month" to help raise awareness of cardiovascular diseases.

A story in last week's News-Journal told the story of two men who have had heart attacks - and successful recoveries.

Something that one of the men - Ed McGuire - said resonated deeply with us: "Your health belongs to your whole family."

That's something that we usually don't think about. How will our health affect others? It's one thing when what we do affects only ourselves. But it's a whole 'nother ball game when it affects the people we love.

However, something else McGuire said also caught our attention: "There is life after a heart attack. The quality of that life is up to you."

How true.

No matter how old or how out of shape we are, there is time to reverse lifestyle choices that may be setting us up for a heart attack.

For more information about making your heart healthy, visit www.americanheart.org.

It doesn't take but a minute to click on the link, but the days and years the information might add to your life will be greatly appreciated by your family - the people who want to keep you as long as they can.