Heart attack statistics show that four out of five deaths related to cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are due to heart attacks and strokes. The following are a few critical facts and stats related to heart attacks.
- One in five heart attacks is silent. That’s why knowing the signs, like neck pain, chest pain, heartburn, nausea, shortness of breath, or indigestion, is extremely important.
- The leading cause of death in 2020 in the US was heart disease.
- High blood pressure causes 47% of coronary heart diseases.
- 26% of women die within a year of a heart attack.
- People who have suffered heart failure live ten years less than those who haven’t
Comparatively speaking, heart attacks in the spiritual realm are more overwhelming than in the physical realm. The physical heart attack impacts us temporarily. The spiritual heart attack has eternal consequences.
Jeremiah 17:9 states definitively that all human beings have heart failure, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Romans 12:12 states, “for all have sinned (heart issues) and fall short of the glory of God.” Jeremiah 17:10 speaks to the gravity of our spiritual heart condition, “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” We all are judged by God…each and every one of us.
Allow me to “triage” each of our unhealthy heart conditions. Romans 6:23 states that “the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The way to initially heal your heart attack (fatal heart condition) is to present your heart to God.
Once you have given your heart to God, Proverbs 3:5&6, presents the foundation of spiritual heart health, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him, and he will make straight your paths.” Trust the care of your heart in God’s care. If so, he will guide you away from unwholesome paths and direct you towards healthy, abundant living paths.
The wisest of all men, Solomon, gives us the fail proof maintenance plan from God. “My children, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:20-24). Spiritual heart health comes from daily, saturating your heart (the core of your mind) with God’s word diligently keeping your heart under His care. If so, “the springs of life” will “flow from it.”