We aren't constantly thinking about our hearts. We don't sit there and listen to it beat all day, we don't check our pulse constantly, and we don't stop and ask how the next bite of food or next race will affect it. But our hearts are constantly working for us. And it would be good if we took more notice when things are going well so that they can continue to go well.
How can we do that? Common knowledge like reducing sodium, nixing energy drinks and greasy deep fried food, and regular cardio throughout the week help to keep your heart healthy. But unless you are a doctor chances are you don't know much more than that. And people don't usually do research on heart health until something goes wrong, like they find out that a child has a congenital heart defect or a loved one has a heart attack.
Taking control of our health can and needs to be a priority. And we should go to someone or someplace that knows about heart health. Franciscan Alliance his quite the reputation for being a leader in heart and vascular health. They are nationally ranked and there are award winning centers that dot the Hoosier state.
There is probably a center near you:
- The cardiovascular/pulmonary rehabilitation program at Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Crown Point certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
- The Chest Pain Centers at Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Crown Point, Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Michigan City, Franciscan St. Margaret Health - Dyer and Franciscan St. Margaret - Hammond are accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.
- Franciscan St. Francis Health's Heart Center in Indianapolis was named one of America's 100 best hospitals for cardiac care and coronary intervention and it is ranked number one in Indiana by HealthGrades for cardiac services. The center received a five-star rating for heart attack treatment, heart valve repair and replacement surgery, coronary interventional procedures, heart failure treatment, and cardiology services.
- Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Lafayette East's Heart Center was named to Solucient's Top 100 Cardiovascular hospitals.
Classes, events, screenings, a multitude of online tools, licensed and trained healthcare providers are available at each Franciscan Alliance location. All you need to do is pick up your phone or surf the Internet to find help for your heart.
Your heart can only take so much, and like every other organ in your body it can quit whenever it wants. So you should really be kind to your heart. You only owe it your life.