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Heart Attack? Know the signs

Monday, August 18, 2014

Better Homes and Gardens February 2014 page 138

The article quoted below starts on page 135 and says: "Most women have at least one risk factor for heart disease - including a family history-but don't even realize it."

Did you know that "Getting medical attention within one hour of having a heart attack can reduce the risk of dying by 50 percent."

"Know the signs of a heart attack. Recognizing the symptoms is crucial to getting help ASAP and every minute matters."
"Keep in mind that while chest pain is a telltale sign, women are more likely than men to have other symptoms, too. Call 911 immediately if you experience:
---Heavy, Continuous Chest Discomfort that could feel like pressure and/or shortness of breath.
---Unexplained Nausea, vomiting or sweating.
---Sharp Pain in the neck, back or jaw."

"For more help figuring out your heart disease risk, go to "

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GINNABOOTS 8/18/2014 8:38PM

    Such important information, thank you for sharing. It is reminders like these that could save someone's life.

My dad had 5 heart attacks, so it is something that is close to home for me.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/18/2014 11:08AM

    And women's signs/symptoms are different sometimes . . . fatigue is a biggie.

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"Why your genes matter - and what you can do"

Monday, August 04, 2014

Better Homes and Gardens February 2014 page 136. This info is part of an article about heart health. We may have genetic risk factors, but we CAN do something!

"Why your genes matter - and what you can do"

"Knowing your family's medical history - and discussing it with your doctor - will help your doctor recommend lifestyle changes as well as what screenings to gt and when. So grab a pen and paper and start interviewing mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, and everyone in between. Find out if anyone in your family has or had:

Heart Disease If your dad had a heart attack before age 50, your odds of having one double, and if your mom was younger than 60, your risk goes up by 70 percent. In addition to heart attacks, find out whether anyone in your family has experienced a stroke, heart failure, a heart rhythm disorder, an aneurysm, or angina.

High Blood Pressure If one or more first-degree family members (mother, faterh, siblings) have haigh blood pressure before the age of 60, your risk increases twofold, says Ann Bolger, M.D., a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. Because hypertension can damage your heart and bloodvessels over time, your doctor will want to monitor your numbers closely.

Type 2 Diabetes High blood sugar can damage your heart and major blood vessels, so people with diabetes are at an increased risk for heart attack or stroke. One parent with diabets raises your own risk, and both parents with the condition is a real doozy, almost doubling your chances. If you have a family history of diabetes, ask your doctor about a hemoglobin A1c test, which measures your average blood glucose levels over a period of up to three months."

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RYDERSAUNT14 8/8/2014 1:04AM

    Good information. Dad was 51 when he had his heart attack. Momma died of Pancreatic Cancer at 71.

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GINNABOOTS 8/4/2014 8:00PM

    My dad had heart disease and mom had high blood pressure. I have been able to keep both at bay due my eating healthy and avid exercise the majority of my life. I am hoping to stay off all medications.

Great information, thank you for sharing.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/4/2014 5:47PM

    ALWAYS good to know your family medical history.

Honestly, that is one of the HUGE issues for my son and DD as they are adopted internationally. Next to no information.

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MELYROD18 8/4/2014 3:12PM

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MJRVIC2000 8/4/2014 2:40PM

    Faith makes everything possible; Hope makes everything work; and Love make everything beautiful! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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"Love Your Heart"

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Tidbits from the introduction paragraphs of an article in Betther Homes and Gardens February 2014 page 135.

"When it comes to heart disease, what runs in your family matters - a lot. Studies show that if one of your parents had a heart attack or stroke, your own risk for those conditions can double, and having a brother or sister with the disease ups your chances of having a heart attack, too. But the incredibly empowering news is this: According to the American Heart Association, 80 percent of heart attacks and strokes can be prevented through lifestyle changes. So while you can't change your genes, you can change your everyday habits. 'It isn't a single gene that contributes to heart disease, but more a combination of nature and nurture,' says Sharonne N. Hayes, M.D., founder of the Mayo Clinic Women's Heart Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. 'You can over come a bad family history by making the right choices.' "

'The big four are exercising daily, eating well, managing stress, and not smoking. Combined with staying at a healthy weight, keeping tabs on your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure, and getting all the right screenings, adopting healthy habits can substantially lower your risk. Sound like a tall order? Know that small changes can absolutely lead to big results, and that overhauling your lifestyle all at once isn't required."

SO, make good choices. Make small changes as you go...and get lasting and big results. We know that, right?

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1CRAZYDOG 8/3/2014 9:45PM

    Great information! Thanks so much for sharing.

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"It's Still SUGAR"

Friday, August 01, 2014

Good Housekeeping Magazine May 2014 page 124....another "find".

"Recently, consumers sued several food manufacturers for labeling a sweetner 'evaporated cane juice', claiming that the healthy sounding ingredient was simply another name for sugar. lawsuits are pending, but that's not the only sweetener with a fancy name on food labels. 'Fruit juice concenetrate,' ingredients ending in '-ose' and nearly all 'syrups' are forms of sugar - with the same dubious nutritional value."

So folks, watch out! Sugar is hidden everywhere!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/1/2014 11:45AM


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    Interesting.....thanks for sharing!

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"Boost Your Brainpower"

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Good Housekeeping May 2014 Page 122 Love to find and save the good info!!!

"Getting your move on improves both physical and mental fitness. And you don't have to wait until you're eligible for AARP membership to see the brain benefit: A Harvard study of people ages 18 to 45 found that the more time adults spent exercising, the more brain tissue they had in zones involved in memory. 'For most people, the memory-related brain areas start shrinking at a rate of 1% to 2% a year after they turn 50,' says lead author William D.S. Killgore, Ph.D. 'But you may be able to slow - or even prevent - the decline with regular exercise.' Aim for at least 150 active minutes a week (break them up however you'd like), experts say, and keep it up as you get older."

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GINNABOOTS 8/1/2014 9:10AM

    I need all the brain power I can get!!!!

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THINAGIN2 7/31/2014 6:07PM

    If I needed a reason to continue, this is a good one!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/31/2014 5:45PM

    I will keep moving!

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DIANESKATZ 7/31/2014 5:31PM

    This is so very true! I always feel so much better after exercising. It also releases endorphins in the brain which is responsible for mood. Lately I am in a slump because the pool at our gym is not available. It's been two weeks already! Well I will push myself tomorrow to do some kind of exercise; even if the pool is still not open. Hate feeling sluggish. Thanks for posting this.

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RYDERSAUNT14 7/31/2014 5:28PM

    Good encouragement. I can't walk as far as I used to but walk when I can! My niece comes at 6:30 am sometimes and I have to take medications and eat before then. I also do my walking (usually) at Walmart. I did Kmart today.

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