Take it to heart, by J D Milaric

JD Milaric


These words are for everybody with a heart

Who wants to be really smart

But consider it easier said than done

To make lifestyle changes and so become

Less prone to heart disease


Having been an angina sufferer for decades now

I am keen to share with you how

To combat the onset of cardiovascular disease

Which can be develop with surprising ease

By being aware of the warning signs

And eradicating this scourge of our times


YOUR DIET - choose wisely what to eat and drink

So much more important than you perhaps think

“You are what you eat” is so apposite

So provide a wholesome response to your appetite


Cut down on the salt intake

Together with sugar in snacks like biscuits and cake

Consume instead more fruit and vegetables

Reduce your consumption of processed foods


The best way to quench a thirst

Is to drink water first

Alcohol is fine in appropriate measures

As one of life’s enduring pleasures


EXERCISE regularly as part of your health regime

This need not be as daunting as it may seem

For the best results, make a plan

Avoid this being a “flash in the pan”

Losing weight and generally feeling better

Will be the upshot of your endeavour


Aerobic activity is the best kind

With positive side effects for your mind

Choose a suitable form of physical activity

That when performed at moderate to high-intensity

Enables your heart to beat faster

Your lungs to work harder

Maximising the blood’s intake of oxygen

And the efficiency of your cardiovascular system


YOUR HABITS - many people have a tendency

Towards smoking to any degree

Or maybe just passively

And drinking alcohol excessively

Using drugs unless prescribed professionally

Any of these may impair your heart permanently


Give up before the heart gives up on you

Subsequently you will never rue

The day that this decision was made

Helping you to much better evade

Succumbing to heart disease


STRESS is an established part of our existence

But left unchecked can produce a dire consequence

As your mind and body suffers constant attrition

Unknowingly you develop a heart condition

Stress levels need to be duly managed

To avoid a potentially damaged

Heart occurring


Calming down and using a relaxation technique

Will improve your mood and propensity to seek

A means of living in a more relaxing manner

In turn, preventing stress from becoming a spanner

In the workings of your heart


HEARTS require rhythmic maintenance

To deliver optimum performance

Lifestyle risk factors should be addressed

In order that you can be blessed

With a cardiovascular system

That functions without a problem


Organisations like the British Heart Foundation

Together with people right across the medical profession

Not least your family and friends - all have the intention

To see that you will be hale and hearty


Cardiovascular disease continues to affect and kill

Countless people in the UK and likely will

Continue doing so until

Everybody plays their part

In having a BODY with a good heart

The poems published in this section are creative writing by Heart Matters readers. They should not be taken as medical advice.

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