When my grandfather was 92 years old he suffered a heart attack that ultimately ended his life. He had, by all accounts, been very healthy his entire life until that point. When he was first admitted to hospital after the heart attack, the attending physician tried to get some medical history from him.
Physician: “Have you ever had any heart problems before?”
Grandpa: “Oh, yes. I used to have them a lot when I was younger.”
My uncle, who was with my grandfather during this interview, was perplexed. He had never heard about these heart problems.
Physician: “What kind of heart problems did you have?”
Grandpa: “Oh, I suffered many a broken heart before I met my wife. And my heart has been fine ever since.”
My grandparents were married 58 years before my grandfather passed away and they had truly been the love of each other’s lives. My grandfather reporting his “broken heart” heart problems was simply his sense of humour at work.
While the effects of a metaphorically broken heart can be devastating, they’re rarely life threatening. Unfortunately, the same isn’t true of actual heart disease. According to the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation, “heart disease and stroke are two of the three leading causes of death in Canada.”
This amounts to one death every seven minutes.
Eating for heart health doesn’t need to wait until your heart is “broken”. Heart healthy eating is part of overall healthy eating to help maintain health, reduce risk of disease, and help people feel their best every day.
To learn more visit HealthLink BC File Heart Healthy Eating.
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