4.2018

Zion Nat'l Park, Columbine

cardiology

Cardiology Update: Take Away Message

Two key concepts from the annual Mercy Heart Institute Cardiology Update seminar.

  1. Regular, moderate exercise will decrease your risk of all cardiovascular events by 50%.
  2. Obesity is a risk factor for Atrial Fibrillation.

What caught my attention about these two statements is that they are related to personal choice. These two simple sentences reiterate that we have a role in our state of health. Both are connected, as obesity is related to level of physical activity, in addition to how much and what types of foods we choose.

All cardiovascular events means heart attack, stroke, and sudden death. Secondary health consequences are diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and grumpiness.

Obesity is at epidemic proportions in our country. Of all the health consequences I am aware of related to becoming overweight and obese, learning that there is a causation to Atrial Fibrillation was new knowledge for me.  (read more about Atrial Fibrillation at http://tiny.cc/zrHN6)  A Fib can lead to stroke which is a devastating, life altering cardiovascular event.

Choosing to eat well and maintain a routine physical activity program are key components of your optimal health endeavor.

What type of activity are you going to enjoy today?


"When my husband of 34 years died I lost my interest in cooking.  Instead I began relying on quick frozen organic entrees and dinners. After three years I decide to improve the quality of my diet, so I contacted Robin Mallery. Robin helped me create a more nourishing and healthful diet that took my busy teaching and consulting schedule into consideration.

It was a joy to work with Robin. She is knowledgeable, supportive, intuitive, and warm.  I highly recommend her as a Heart Healthy Coach.

Through lifestyle counseling, the sharing of her delicious and healthy family recipes, and an informative and fun "field trip" to a local whole food market, I have shifted to an eating plan that is healthy, delicious, and swiftly prepared. The key to swift and healthy meal preparation for me has been Robin's 90-minute Sunday afternoon food prep model, a strategy that assures quick and delicious high quality meals throughout the week. I consider my leisurely Sunday afternoon food preparation time as self-indulgent "me" time, and enjoy chopping, baking, and sauteing against the backdrop of classical music and a glass of wine.  I also love the fact that a nutritious and delicious dinner is ready when I walk through the door every night of my work week.  It's as if I finally have that personal chef I have always coveted, only it's me!"  ---Patricia J., Nevada City

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