For February’s docsTALK podcast, hosts Drs. John Martin and Briana Walton recognize American Heart Month by challenging you to stay young at heart for better heart health. They both took AAMC’s free heart profiler to find out their heart age, and share their results. Plus, they challenge you to not only take the assessment, but to realize there are many factors for heart health for which you have control.
Here’s an excerpt from the lively discussion:
Briana: “…you asked do I feel young and what are the things that motivate me to stay healthy. I think every day I get a message from my patients. Most of my patients are over the age of 60, and you look at people that are young and healthy at 80 and you look at people who are not at 50. And you say, ‘I don’t want to be like that when I grow up.’ So, for me, I get a reminder every single day what I want the rest of my life to look like, and that helps direct me today about what I’m going to do in terms of exercise, what I eat, my mental status, and how I treat people. I think all of that we put together.”
John: “I think when we deal with patients in our office there’s kind of a mindset for some that illness is pre-determined. ‘It’s my fate. I’ve just got bad luck, and that’s the way I am.'”
Briana: “Mmhmm. ‘Those are the cards that I’ve been handed.'”
John: “Right, and there others that say, ‘I’m going to be proactive. I’m going to manage my health, and I’m going to put myself in the best position to be on this planet as long as possible.’ And those folks you can usually tell when they walk in the room.
John: “You can see them. They have the right kind of attitude. They’re very positive and being young at heart really means to look at those things that have an impact on your heart.”
So what are those things that you can control to make your heart healthier? Listen to the full podcast.Published: February 2015 with media partner, WRNR radio, Annapolis.