Earlier this year we had a party at home to celebrate my 40th birthday. As we were nearing the end of a night well spent with good friends and food, everyone was beginning to wonder why Martin had not come back down. It was getting pretty late so we all thought that Martin was putting our little boy to bed. But that was not the case.
Constantine was crying loudly. And he had not stopped for several minutes. Everyone had said their goodbyes already except for my next door neighbor who was so kind to stay and help clean up. Finally, we started to hear footsteps. Martin and Constantine were slowly walking down the stairs.
I asked, "Martin, how are you?" He replied, "Not so well." We were astonished and realized the reason for Constantine's ongoing cries. His daddy needed help!
Martin was seated slumped on the last step of the stairwell, sweating profusely and looking completely wiped out. He said that his chest felt a tightness he had never felt before. We all were feeling the shock of the moment and wondered out loud, "Could this be a heart attack?"
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. In 2013, it accounted for 32.1% of deaths in the country -- that's one out of every three deaths is due to heart disease.
However, there is good news! There are a number of studies that show heart disease can be prevented and even reversible.
If you are interested in learning more, stay tuned for my upcoming series called Health For The Holidays. I will be putting up a series of blog posts about how we can support the heart, the kidneys, the gut, and your overall health, holistically. This series is for everyone -- men, women, and children -- anyone who is interested in preventing disease.
So was it a heart attack? After spending some hours in the ER, visiting his general practitioner, and getting all of the test results back, Martin found out that it was not a heart attack. Thank God for that! But this series of events certainly gave us pause to worry. It's so easy to get caught up with the rush in life. We think that we can be the superhero character in the movies but we forget that we are just human and fragile.
The body gives us signs. Pain is actually a very good thing. Our society is so scared to feel pain. Let's just pop a pill here and there so we don't feel a thing, right? We should be grateful whenever we feel pain. It's the body's way of telling us that something is wrong and it needs help. Many times we shrug off a little pain on the foot or an ache in the back but those are sure telling signs that something internally is going on.
As a health coach, I believe it's important to pinpoint the reason for the pain and to get to the root cause of the problem. My Health For The Holidays series will go over important factors to consider when dealing with the heart, the kidneys, the gut, and the body as a whole. And I'll offer ways to support each of these organs. Talk to you soon!
Coming soon! Introducing a new series...
Health For The Holidays
This upcoming blog post series is for anyone interested in preventing disease and who wants to learn how to better support major body organs. It's for everyone -- men, women, and children.
At the end of the series, one participant will win a Health For The Holidays gift set.
We will be learning how to support:
- The Heart
- The Kidneys
- The Gut