Activity & Exercise

Get Physical

Exercise not only burns calories, it can also help your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Your heart will thank you, too. Active people are less likely to get heart disease than people who are sedentary. Talk to your doctor before beginning an exercise routine.

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Are you a heart event survivor?
"My father and I have both lost weight and exercise regularly, and I have quit smoking."
"I'm 35 years old. Two years ago, I had a heart attack. My grandfather died at the age of 38 from a heart attack, when my father was 4 years old. My father didn"t know him and thus didn't really speak much about him. Unfortunately, without this information I smoked, drank, and ate what I wanted. Exercise was an afterthought and taking aspirin was pretty much a waste of time in my mind. I was wrong. I won't bore you with the story of the heart attack itself, although it is a rather interesting one.

What I will offer is this: don"t assume that you will not be affected. My father is 64 and he has been healthy his whole life. Last year - almost a year to the day - he had a heart attack. Both he and I have turned our lives around. We take Plavix, Lipitor, Lopressor, and a low-dose aspirin. Both of us have lost weight, I have quit smoking and we both exercise regularly and eat healthy. I was 33 years old... thirty-three... and I took a ride in an ambulance and was told to "call my family because you might not make it". If that's not enough to wake up, nothing is."
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