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Ben Babcock

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Give your heart some less than three

I have previously talked about how amazing I consider the human body, and my opinion hasn't changed. Yesterday, a 14-year-old girl finally left the hospital after living for four months on an artificial heart.

This event reminded me how amazing the heart is. Your heart is the one muscle in your body that, if you are lucky, never takes a break for your entire life. It keeps pumping, whether you are awake or asleep. It works harder to get you up the stairs or to help you see a marathon through to the end. Yet some people--people who have healthy hearts free of unavoidable defects--reward this hard-working muscle with a megadose of calories and cholesterol in the form of unhealthy foods (particularly fast foods).

I'm not trying to pontificate about the evils of fast food here. I love eating burgers! This is just a friendly reminder that, if you haven't thought about it lately, think about your heart now.

Your heart is important! Love it, and it'll last just as long as you! (Which is kind of the idea.)