We Should Always Take Care of Our Hearts

Up until this year September 29 had no particular significance for me, it was just an ordinary autumn day, but things have changed from now on after I found out that this date is the official World Heart Day. This event, whose role is obviously to raise awareness globally on the necessity of doing our best to protect our hearts from the numerous threats which can drastically reduce our lifespan, definitely deserves to be promoted and endorsed everywhere on this planet, with an emphasis on the poor and developing countries in which more than 80% of the deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases occur, according to the World Heart Federation.

Since I live in a developing country I am perfectly aware of the devastating effects which negative factors like poverty, ignorance, lack of physical activity and stress have on the health of people. Sadly during the last few years there are more and more cases of young people who die of a heart attack or a stroke in my country: a few of them were famous people whose deaths had a profound impact on the society in general since their cases are largely presented and discussed upon in the media, while most of these people remain anonymous, their untimely demise being mourned by their families and friends on social media, but regardless of their wealth, social status on so on, they could and should have lived much longer.

Under these circumstances every initiative meant to open people’s eyes and minds on the necessity of taking care of our hearts is more than welcome. I took part in such an event earlier today in which schoolchildren marched for the heart and distributed leaflets containing some statistics about heart disease worldwide and, more importantly, the measures people can take to make some positive changes in their lives to the adults they encountered in the streets, and the reaction of those people was clearly positive. They were interested in the content of those flyers and I’m sure most of them read those pieces of information carefully.

Such actions, which certainly took place in many other parts of the world, are definitely worth the effort if even a handful of persons decided to take some actions in the right direction, but obviously they work only if the individuals to whom those messages are addressed have enough will to try to help themselves before it’s too late. No one can force a grown-up person to stop smoking, or stop drinking heavily, or make some physical exercise if that person doesn’t want to be helped. The change has to come from within ourselves, after all we are the masters of our destinies.

It is also true that, even if we to quit smoking, drink with moderation and try to get regularly involved in physical activities, there are no guarantees that we won’t suffer from heart disease at a relatively young age, because we have other formidable enemies such as stress, tension, everyday worries which drain us of resources and energy and often prevent us from seeing the bright side of enemies. Stress in general is in my opinion more difficult to deal with than the other elements I mentioned earlier in this post, and if it’s combined with them it often leads to tragic consequences, and to be honest it is the factor I fear the most when I think about my heart and the things I need to do to keep it in a good shape.

There is definitely no way to eliminate stress completely, unless you live under a rock or on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean, away from the civilized world and its evil ways. The rest of us have to live with it and try to diminish it, and certainly dedicating at least a few minutes a day to those activities which make us feel better and thus prevent our stress level to reach a boiling point which could have fatal results for our hearts.

September 29 is a date I will remember from now on, but it isn’t necessarily a special day because from the point of view of the attention we have to give to our heart every day should be special. We have only one heart and we have to do our best to help it function properly day after day; after all, life’s a precious gift that we can’t afford to waste!

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        Sebastian Onciu Post author

        Yes, and I hope as many people as possible share my views on this extremely important matter.

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      Pat Z Anthony

      In the United States young people are having heart health issues also. Perhaps the bad eating habits contribute to this, yet some seem to be born with these health issues here. You offer a nice reminder with your article here today of things we can and should do to keep our hearts healthy.

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        Sebastian Onciu Post author

        Sadly, there are people with heart issues even in wealthier countries, and those of us who were born with health issues are truly unfortunate.

    2. Tania Cowling

      Our body is our temple and we must keep it rested, well fed, and rid of stress. Easier said than done, but with this awareness people can plan on these measures to assure a healthy heart. Great article!

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        Sebastian Onciu Post author

        Thanks and yes, it’s easier said than done, but we must do our best to protect our hearts!

      1. Profile photo of Sebastian Onciu
        Sebastian Onciu Post author

        Yes, we must struggle against our own weaknesses, but if we are mentally strong we can certainly defeat them!

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        Sebastian Onciu Post author

        Yes, we all have to deal with stress, regardless of the place we live in. From this point of view those who live in developed countries are as vulnerable to disease as most of the planet’s inhabitants.

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        Sebastian Onciu Post author

        Yes, we must be very careful with the way we treat our bodies and try no to waste this precious gift called life!

      1. Profile photo of Sebastian Onciu
        Sebastian Onciu Post author

        We definitely have to think about the things we can do to help our heart work well for a long time.

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      Grecy Garcia

      You know what, I agree that ignorance about the illness itself is what makes the ill to be in danger. I hope every government had advertisement to understand the illness clearly.

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        Sebastian Onciu Post author

        I’m sure the authorities in most countries of the world are making efforts to raise awareness among their citizens on the importance of taking care of their hearts, I can only hope that most people get their messages and take action to live in healthier ways.

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      Jacky Hughes

      It is easy to neglect the heart and get lazy about keeping ourselves fit and healthy. Thank you for a useful and informative article.

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        Sebastian Onciu Post author

        Yes, laziness is one of our biggest enemies. We should be active both mentally and physically almost all the time when we’re awake if we want to live longer.

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      Gil Camporazo

      I am now 65 years old. I am making myself always on the go. Every day I take an hour of brisk walking around our public plaza, then take a short shower and eat myhot breakfast of oatmeal with banana.

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        Sebastian Onciu Post author

        I think an hour of brisk walking daily is a great way to stay fit, and combined with a healthy meal it can only have positive effects on your health!

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      Linda Jenkinson

      Magnesium, omega 3 Fish Oil , CoEnzyme Q10 and good fish-eating will add to your life as well as the B-Complex Vitamins and Vitamin C ! You make a good point here!

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        Sebastian Onciu Post author

        I will definitely try to adjust my eating habits so I could have more of these vitamins in my system, and yes, I should eat fish more often!

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