By: Dana Davis Blake
There are many things contributing to our cardiovascular #health that we can control and many things we cannot! Every periodical, all social media sites and certainly the World Wide Web have a host of spins on schematics on how to prevent premature #cardiac death. One week we are encouraged to drink red wine, one week we are told JAMA (Med page, May, 2014) has discovered that even the most robust and red #wines in the deepest parts of Italy with the highest concentrations of #Resveratrol did not lower incidence of #cardiovascular. Is not that a direct contradiction of what we thought? Red wine and dark chocolate help with cardiovascular disease. This is important because there is no snake oil. No miracle drug or miracle diet for cardiovascular disease. We are in charge of our heart health.
Is it as simple as a good old fashioned board game? We loved murder mysteries and we loved to play #CLUE. Discover where the imaginary murder happened, who the killer was and the location? The Library, the Billiards room. Well, in this instance it is Cardiovascular Disease. Snuffing out more than 600,000 people annually in the United States. That is about 1 in every 4 people. That is reason enough to discover why. Real quick refresher: cardiovascular disease includes Heart Attack, Heart Failure, PAD and #Arrhythmia's.
The board game CLUE is designed to give the players the choice to solve the "killer" as well as the "weapon" and the "location." In some ways this reminds me of just how elementary our overall health can be nailed down. We as consumers are given many weapons "Fork and Knives" (#obesity). Location is the couch (sedentary lifestyle) and the "Killer" in this case is not Colonel Mustard or Ms. White we are victims of (self destruction).
We have become more informed and we are more aware of our options. But essentially Lifestyle modification is key for success in this game of CLUE.
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I am not against medications being prescribed but I know truthfully in order to make a significant dent in this epidemic of premature cardiac death that has plagued our nation and robbed early of loved ones it will mean all of us making changes "reach one teach one!"
With the ultimate goal being generational changes in the young people where obesity and metabolic syndromes are prevalent.
Hopefully the board game CLUE can continue to be just that a game and not a way of life. We already know the culprit, the locations, and the weapons.