POV: Seeing red's a good thing this month

The writer is director of cardiovascular services at St. Peter’s Hospital, a Bethlehem resident, and a member of the Capital Region Advisory Board of the American Heart Association.

February’s coming, and you know what that means: hearts everywhere you turn, and if you aren’t looking at hearts, you’re surely looking at the color red.

That’s a great thing, as far as I’m concerned, since I work with hearts every single day. Real hearts, not chocolate hearts. And one day a year, I wear as much red as I can. That’s Friday, Feb. 3 – National Wear Red Day.

Hopefully, your company is one of the 300+ work sites in the Capital Region that participates in National Wear Red Day by wearing red and donating to the American Heart Association. Plan to even see some buildings illuminated red – SEFCU, CDPHP and First Niagara at Patroon Creek, Capital Repertory Theater, WMHT in Troy, the Palace Theater and Realty USA in Delmar.

All of February is American Heart Month, which is a good time to think about how you’re treating your heart. If your New Year’s resolution is waning, February is also a good time to re-commit to healthy living. I urge you to take stock of your health and see where things could be better. Don’t get discouraged if there are a lot of things you’d like to improve – start by choosing one, and working on it.

Why not start by taking a look at Life’s Simple 7? Found at MyLifeCheck.heart.org, you can assess seven different measures of your health and get a score — along with practical suggestions for improving areas that might need improving.

Perhaps most importantly, if you’re overdue for a physical, schedule it. We hear a lot of stories of heart disease found at routine doctor visits. A little bit of prevention today could add a lot to your good health for years to come.

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