Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Something about the Heart

February is the shortest month of the year, but it is never too short to reflect about one’s heart, spiritually and literally. Studies show that healthy relationships can significantly extend one’s life expectancy, but when was the last time you checked your resting Pulse or Blood Pressure? Even more critical, when was the last time you had a doctor listen to your heart or had an EKG?

Every February since 1963 - 2008 has been declared American Heart Month by the sitting President. Americans need to be aware of our nation’s number one killer which is cardiovascular disease. It is also one of the leaders in disabilities. Estimates show that 1.2 million Americans will have a myocardial infarction this year. This works out to be about one every 26 seconds and on average one person will die every minute.

You need to be aware of the increase risk factors that can lead to heart disease such as; high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, tobacco, physical inactivity and/or unhealthy diet. One can reduce these risks by having a healthy diet and exercise regime. Always seek a doctor’s advice before inducing a new diet and/or exercise program.

February 2008 is also Safety Awareness Month. What should this mean to you? Let’s define each word. Safety: Freedom from harm or danger. Awareness: The state or level of consciousness. The word Safety infers to at that times and the word Awareness infers to being in a state of consciousness. So what would that mean if you were unconscious? You are no longer safe! This could be a reality where no one would ever want to find themselves. To truly be safe you need a voice to be there when you can not speak for yourself. That is why it is crucial to have a MedFN® account and have your alphanumeric access code on you at all time. Med File Now® is doing its part to bring safety awareness to you this month.