What’s worse; suspecting you have heart disease or knowing for certain that you do?
If you answered that fear lies more in suspicion, you’d have research to back you up. But do we really need research to tell us what we already know?
Stating the Obvious
Congratulations, Science! Another fine example of useless information disguised as ‘research’. It’s ridiculous to think that good money was spent researching what we already know to be true. Of course we fear the unknown; especially when it comes to our health. When something goes wrong, we turn to a doctor. We ask questions. When answers don’t come, our minds run wild. Then we question ourselves. “What is causing this? Can they operate? Am I going to die?”
Deliver Answers; Not Sound Bites
Anymore it seems that we, Joe Patient, need to rely more on ourselves than our doctor. While it is true that no doctor can be completely versed in all-things heart disease, one would hope that they could recognize their own limitations.
We read so much about heart disease; how stress contributes to it, how blood pressure affects it. But it’s what we do with the information that defines us. Do we allow what we read to embolden us or lull us into quiet complacency? Do we rely too heavily on the ‘professionals’ out there or do we take a more proactive approach to our health? Are we waiting for them to make it right?
So much of our time is spent waiting. We wait for appointments. We wait for test results. We wait for answers. Waiting takes your power away and places it in the hands of someone who doesn’t have chest pain like you do.
An ancient proverb states that ‘Expectation postponed is making the heart sick’.