As a nurse, I get to be a part of and witness a lot of really difficult conversations. All too often, I see patients and family members struggle with having open and honest discussions about the status of their heart(s). This actually applies to most serious health issues, but since we are talking about heart disease this month, it’s time you and I have an Heart to Heart conversation.

Look…

I know it’s scary. I understand that it’s not easy to talk about heart disease. I get it; you don’t want to make changes. You like what you eat, you like how you spend your time, and you don’t think it’s really that bad.

But here is the cold, hard truth.

If you do nothing about it, it can kill you. I hate to be so blunt and brutally honest with you, but it’s the truth. I’ve seen it countless times in my nursing practice. I will see it today at the hospital. I will see it tomorrow. I will always see it because too many people wait for too long and do nothing or too little about it.

Heart Disease is the #1 killer in our country every year, and if you have certain risk factors and/or maintain an unhealthy lifestyle, it’s going to find you and then it’s going to hurt you. It may happen quicker for some and take longer for others, but it’s not a matter of “if”, it’s a matter of “when”.

You know the importance of making better lifestyle choices. You are aware of the benefits of healthy eating and increasing your physical activity. You understand this stuff. It doesn’t surprise you.

It’s time to have a heart to heart with yourself and your family members about your heart, and all of your health issues for that matter. Today is the day to make a change. Right now is the time to decide that you want to make smarter decisions for your heart.

Here at WVMC, we are all here to help. It’s the very reason we got into healthcare in the first place. If you have questions, we will help you find the answers. If you need someone to help you figure this all out, please don’t hesitate to ask. We all play a role in helping each other and improving the overall health of our community. We can do this, together.

All month long we’ve been talking with you about the importance of learning about heart health and what you need to do to prevent or manage your heart disease. It all starts with the dialogue.

Talk with your loved ones. Be open and honest with yourself and the people you care about and love. It’s up to you if you want to keep heart disease out of your life. You can do it.

Cheers.