First George Michael and now Carrie Fisher… two amazing individuals were taken from us this holiday season. They both fell victim to heart attacks. Some say that there is a 4.2 percent higher chance of people having a heart attack during the holidays, though I wonder if it really is the case. The amount of stress and poor diet we live with and changing work environments means that we are likely prone for more such metabolism disorders.
I can’t help but count my blessings that I survived my own heart attack, nine years ago. I had lived a very unhealthy and dangerous life. I got lucky, for I got to the hospital in time. And while I have not been able to keep all the weight off, I have not smoked since. I have avoided red meat and I am about 75 percent vegetarian- aka three out of four meals don’t have animal protein. Most importantly, I have learned to sleep a little more, let go of things and ask for help when I need it. That one event put me on the right track, and at age 50, what I do know is that I have had an extra nine years of life.
I am excited about the future, especially for the new drugs that will help prevent all the heart attacks! Like this one!
December 27, 2016. San Francisco.