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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Watch for Signs of Heart Disease
02/14/2011

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, affecting more than 80 million Americans.* It was projected to cost our nation’s economy $316.4 billion in 2010 alone.**

During the 10 years I have been doing the Business of Health Care Report, I’ve shared statistics like these many times. And yet nothing could have prepared me for becoming a statistic myself.

Ten months ago, I had open heart surgery at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. As a patient, I was surrounded by kind, encouraging caregivers. Never in my 40-year career in health care have I felt more proud to say I work for this fine organization.

So I’d like to take a moment to speak from the heart to all workers across North Texas: Get a healthy heart check up. Take a look inward and evaluate your habits. Don’t put off plans to exercise, eat better, or quit smoking. It’s a lot easier to change bad habits now then to wait until after a traumatic event like heart attack or surgery.

There is no deadline so pressing, no business meeting so important, no personal or professional goal so vital that it should outweigh your health.

For information and resources about managing heart disease and how to keep your heart healthy, visit TexasHealth.org/Heart.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based family of hospitals, Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and Texas Health Arlington Memorial, I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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*American Heart Association
**Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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