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Consider This! - Heart health

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

You're probably seeing a lot of red this month.

February is American Heart Month, a month set aside to raise awareness of heart disease and people are wearing red to keep it front of mind.

More than 610,000 Americans a year die from heart disease making it the leading killer in this country. In fact, heart disease will be responsible for one in every four deaths that will occur this year.

This year heart disease awareness really hit home to me. You see, I've struggled with weight all of my life and was on the verge of being morbidly obese until I lost 120 pounds 16 years ago. I was a lifelong smoker until I quit eight years ago. And I led a very sedentary lifestyle until I began running four years ago.

Despite all of those lifestyle changes, my past, as well as my family history of heart disease, caught up with me last August. Without warning I suffered a heart attack.

Thanks to my decision to adopt a healthier lifestyle, to go to the hospital immediately and the very quick actions of some very fine medical professionals, I was not one of the one in four last year.

Consider this: While heart disease is our most prevalent and deadly disease, it is also one of the most preventable.

Eat healthy. Quit smoking. And live an active lifestyle. And most importantly, don't ignore warning symptoms. It can save your life. I know it did mine.

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