Take it to heart, by J D Milaric

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JD Milaric is 58 and suffers from microvascular angina, sometimes known as cardiac syndrome X. Having had to retire due to ill health, he is keen to encourage others to act on their health before it is too late. 

Will give you a lifetime of good service
If you are good to it
It needs from you a lifetime’s promise
To do your bit 

So eat and drink the right stuff
Exercise regularly and keep it up
Cut down on, then cut out fully
Drug taking
And drinking alcohol excessively
Give your heart regular rest
From enduring too much stress 

To help and support you make some lifestyle choices
The BHF has a full range of resources
In your endeavours
To do what matters
Now is the best time to start
Properly looking after your heart

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

It isn’t always easy to express your emotions, but writing poetry can be a way of putting your feelings down on paper which many people find helpful. If you’d like your poem about any aspect of heart disease or caring for someone to appear in this section, email it to hmeditor@bhf.org.uk.

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