By now, you are probably overwhelmed with reminders that Valentine’s Day is just a few days away! Inboxes are inundated with emarketing from jewelry stores, restaurants, florists and of course, chocolatiers to make sure you don’t forget to celebrate the person closest to your heart.
Most importantly, February is nationally recognized as Heart Health Month. Your loved one will likely agree, dedicating time to focus on your heart health is critical. I take this subject personally; for my family, clients, friends and for myself.
Many of you may not know, but at 17, I was diagnosed with a Congenital Heart Defect called “Coarctation of the Aorta.” In essence, I was born with “bad parts,” more specifically, a bad aorta. Learning the news of my heart defect was an absolute shock to my parents and to me. I was a young athlete whose days were filled with school and playing sports. Then, without much warning, I was undergoing my first heart surgery.
Since then, I have had two additional heart surgeries. I am still amazed by the medical teams and their expertise. I will always be incredible grateful to those who dedicate themselves to heart health; they keep me living a healthy and full life.
According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. In fact, one in 5 women die of heart disease. These statistics should give us pause. Thankfully, there are many organizations dedicated to bringing awareness to heart health throughout the year, not just during the month of February.
For years, I have been incredibly passionate about giving back to the American Heart Association. My wife, Lori, and I support their mission not only as Cor Vitae donors, but also as involved members. We have been involved with the “Go Red for Women” campaign and participate in the annual Heart Walk! When able, I attend research meetings to learn more about the future of heart science and always leave in awe and inspired by the work being conducted. The American Heart Association firmly believes that scientific research can and will lead the way to better treatment, prevention and ultimately a cure for heart disease. For all of those impacted by heart disease and other issues, I certainly believe a cure will be found.
Yes, I have had to overcome health challenges because of my heart, but because of incredible doctors and scientific research conducted, I am fortunate to live a life I love and make an impact on the lives of others. As a financial wealth advisor, I appreciate the opportunity I have to provide my clients an organized and well-structured financial plan. On a more personal level, I want to share the knowledge that I have gained over the years to encourage my clients to live a healthy lifestyle.
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