Kidd Kraddick in the Morning

Kidd Kraddick (center) was the 53-year-old radio host of the long-running nationally syndicated morning radio show, Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, at the time of his sudden death on July 27, 2013.
The news of his death hit the young people in our community hard as many of them had spent their teen years listening to his then late-night show on KEGL out of Dallas.

According to autopsy reports, Kraddick’s cause of death was the result of arteriosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease.  The coroner said heart disease was “evident” as he had an enlarged heart, which is a sign of high blood pressure.  He also had three diseased vessels and one of his arteries had an 80 percent blockage.

What a tragedy.  He was young.  He was energetic.  He had a wonderful, helping personality.  He wasn’t noticeably “fat.”

Was his death just “God’s will?”  Was it just “his time to go?”

I don’t think so.  There is too much evidence that says we can totally avoid heart-disease by changing the way we eat and adding some exercise.

Some people get a second chance with heart disease.  They have pain, they have a stress test, they get nauseated and feel like they have the flu.  They get to the hospital and are treated with medication, with a “stent” or even with open-heart surgery.  But, they come home alive.

Too many people don’t get that second chance and they die immediately, like Kidd Kraddick.

To find out whether you are in the "somewhat safe zone" or the "danger zone," do these two FREE tests.

1.) Calculate your BMI.  First, you will need to find a scale and weigh yourself.  Then measure your height.  Put those two numbers into the BMI calculator.  If your BMI is above 24.9, you need to make some changes.

An article in our local paper this morning proclaimed that 68.7 percent of American adults are either overweight or obese. If you are one of them, what are you going to do about it?  Hope you don't have a heart attack?

2.) Find out your current blood pressure.  Go to your local pharmacy and take your blood pressure three times.  Write each of them down.  If you are on blood pressure medication or your blood pressure readings are higher than 120/80, what are you going to do about it?  Pray that you don't have a heart attack?

Don’t be a statistic.  Stay alive and healthy.  Your spouse, your kids, your grandkids, your friends, your customers and your fans will thank you.

© 2013 Melinda Coker

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