Monday Morning

Something I aim to do each week is get up early on Monday morning. I use this quiet time to pray and prepare for the week that lies ahead. We live near a fire house and it is not uncommon on Monday mornings to hear the sirens once or twice before 8 am. Each time I hear them it reminds me of a something I learned when I was a pharmaceutical rep a few years back:  heart attacks occur most often on Monday mornings.

To be clear, they can happen anytime, but the waking hours on Monday seem to be prime time for an MI. Why? Research suggests that your blood platelets are more sticky in the morning and more likely to clot. So why on Monday? It is most likely a combination of  the stress of the coming work week, the stickiness of the platelets and an increase in a hormone called cortisol.

So what can you do to minimize the risk? Certainly diet and exercise are vital, but also do things that relieve stress like laughing (seriously), volunteering your time, helping others, and praying are helpful. Go to the American Heart Association to learn more about heart attacks and prevention.

As the sirens come and go I wonder about who paramedics are responding to. Is it a car accident on the tip of the morning rush hour? Is it a school bus accident? Is it a guy just like me who woke up, like he has done every morning of his life, only this time he had a heart attack? Does he have loved ones and a mortgage? Does he have regrets about words unsaid and dreams unfulfilled? It’s cliché, but there is no time like the present to do the truly important things….the impactful things.

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