Valentine’s Day is always riddled with grand romantic gestures, a lot of puns and just the right amount of candy. It’s a day where we can be as ridiculous as we want, claim it’s for love and no one bats an eye.
Valentine’s Day can also be one of the most romantic holidays to celebrate with your special someone. However, and more importantly, February is American Heart Month.
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the “number one killer of women, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined.” I should know because I have constrictive pericardial vasculitis. It took twelve hours of heart surgery and tons of prayer to keep me alive. Therefore, I do all I can to keep myself heart-healthy. I’m very fortunate to be alive so that I can write this blog.
Listed are ways the American Heart Association suggests that women like you fight back:
GET YOUR NUMBERS: Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol, or invest in a blood pressure machine and check your BP daily.
OWN YOUR LIFESTYLE: Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy. It’s up to you. No one can do it for you.
REALIZE YOUR RISK: We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one of three women.
EDUCATE YOUR FAMILY: Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your kids the importance of staying active.
DON’T BE SILENT: Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 killer. In fact, a recent report stated that women who suffer heart attacks while in the public are less likely to receive CPR from a bystander than men.
So dear friends, It doesn't matter whether you're single, coupled up, somewhere in between, or just looking for a fun Valentine’s Day activity with your friends, don’t forget to be kind to yourself.
As always, be safe, stay well, and HAPPY VALETINE’S DAY!