A poem by Joe Huscroft

Joe Huscroft

Joe Huscroft, from Darlington, County Durham, was inspired to write this poem after losing his father to heart disease. He also had a heart attack in 2012 and had an angioplasty and stent. He is keen to make other people aware of the importance of healthy lifestyles.


This is just a short verse….

I thought I’d play my part,

To get the message across

For a healthier heart!

Exercise more, there’s no room for cheating

Eat natural food to keep your heart beating.

Cut down on salt, enjoy some fresh fish

More fruit and veg and less meat on that dish!

Go for a walk enjoy the fresh air

I’m saying these things because I really do care…

For losing a loved one… to heart disease

Is such a sorrowful feeling, which I hope to ease.

While prevention is key, that’s the best start

A real lifestyle change can still help your heart

 Enjoy your lives, stay chilled and calm

Losing the stress will do you no harm.

I’ll leave you now with a sobering thought

The choice is all yours…

A long life or short?

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 [email protected].

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