HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – For the last ten years, Huntsville Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit has selected one person as patient of the year.
This year, there are two recipients and they share a special bond.
Kirk and Kim Wright are married with four children.
In 2013, Kirk Wright suffered a heart attack. He was just 49 years old.
Two months later, Kim Wright also suffered a heart attack. She was 48.
The double-blow, especially given their ages and relative health, was a shock to their family. However, thanks to their faith and their commitment to the cardiac rehab program, they say they are stronger than ever.
Dr. Michael Butler, director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit, says the connection between exercise and heart health can’t be overstated.
“Physical activity is a big deal and it’s real important. Get up and move,” he adds.
February is American Heart month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to raise awareness of the dangers of cardiovascular disease – the number one cause of death in the US and the number one killer of women.
The CDC has posted a list of risk factors, many of them controllable, and preventive measures here.