Recently I learned that a colleague of mine lost one of her good friends to a very random heart attack. Her friend, only 42 years old was in the mall shopping and she dropped to the ground. There was some help from two good Samaritan nurses who performed CPR while waiting for the ambulance to arrive, when the paramedic’s arrived they tried the defibrillator but she had already passed away. One minute she was happy, making breakfast for her family and then the next minute she’s gone. What a jolt of reality we are given when we hear about these random tragic events.
The woman was a healthy person, she worked out, ran, ate healthy, and was in a loving family. Heart disease is a silent killer in women. According to the Mayo Clinic heart disease is often thought of as a problem for men, more women than men die of heart disease each year.
Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) is a leading cause of death for Canadian women. Women tend to be safeguarded from heart disease prior to menopause because of the protective effect of estrogen. However, this is not always the case. For example, pre-menopausal women with diabetes have similar risk to men of the same age because diabetes cancels out the protective effect of estrogen. – Heart and Stroke Foundation
There are similar symptoms that both men and women experience before a heart attack:
- Pain in the arm, throat, jaw or pain that is unusual
Women may describe their pain differently than men. Nevertheless, the most common symptom in women and men is still chest pain.
There are several sites to learn more about heart disease and preventative measures such as:
Take your health into your hands and make sure you are living the best and healthiest life you possibility are able too.
I am very emphatic to the family and my colleague’s loss of their mother, lover and friend. You can’t take anything for granted, every day is precious, make sure you’re living the best life each and every day. Every day I am grateful t be alive to accept the daily gifts that are being provided, to learn, to share and to be. Today, I’m learning to be a little more still, to be able to sit down and work on my manuscript revisions. Sure, there might be distractions and I am aware of them, the crying baby in the cafe that I love to sit and people watch, another distraction, but I’m aware and I move forward, I keep on typing. There is a time and place for everything, I’m aware when I’m in the groove of writing, and then I’m aware when I’m totally procrastinating – the key is to push through the procrastination and get to the other side of whatever you maybe working on. How are you living each day to the fullest? Have you taken anything for granted? Do you follow through with your daily intentions? I’d love to hear from you.
Until next time, keep on typing…