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Healthy You: Heart Health ---> Stairs

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Better Homes and Gardens page 180 February 2008

This is part of a series of heart related articles in this magazine...Heart Health Room by Room...suggesting: "Make a few easy adjustments to your house -and habits- to foster a heart healthy lifestyle." I was interested in several of them...such as this one:

Use as an assessment tool
The next time you climb a single flight of stairs, listen for thumping in your chest. "Your heart rate and respiration should not change significantly when going up the stairs," says Andre Wise, manager for cardiac rehabilitation at Saint Barnabas Heart Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. If your heart rate goes up by more than 10 beats per minute or you feel short of breath, you're probably out of shape. But it could also be a sign of heart disease. Talk to your doctor right away. If you simply need more exercise, use those same stairs as a starting point. Going up and down them for just three minutes a day can increase cardiac endurance."

Fitbit has helped me track the stair climbing..and even challenged me to do more (I actually DID 75 flights in one day!)

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TATTER3 7/7/2013 8:09AM

    We have a double staircase in our using it!

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BOOKWERME 7/6/2013 10:29PM ..and all of us...just do what we can. Everyone has different issues or limitations. The Fitbit is a great tool...for whatever we can do!

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    I wish! Those with FMS can go up safely but sustain damage going down.

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    I like the Fitbit stair feature. My record is 12, but after kids leave I plan to get a bit more aggressive about going up and down. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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11 Signs to Get to the ER STAT!

Thursday, July 04, 2013

April 2008 good Housekeeping page 184

More good advice to keep handy...could be very important!

"11 Signs to Get to the ER STAT!"

"1. Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath ~ Can be anything from pneumonia to a heart attack
2. Chest or abdominal pain or pressure ~ May be a heart attack
3. Fainting, trouble talking, dizziness ~ Can be signs of a stroke
4. Changes in vision ~ May be a stroke or an eye emergency
5. Confusion ~ Again, possibly a stroke
6. Sudden or severe pain ~ What it may signal depends on locations, but it always needs to be checked.
7. Uncontrolled bleeding ~ Continuous bleeding can lead to collapse and death
8. Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea ~ May be food poisoning or an infection in small children and the elderly, can lead to dehydration
9. Coughing up or vomiting blood ~ Sign of internal injury or illness
10. Suicidal feelings ~ Mental health pros can evaluate and start to treat
11. Unusual abdominal pain ~ Can be a sign of gastrointestinal or gynecologic emergency"

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THROOPER62 7/4/2013 5:47PM

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  thanks for sharing and yes this all sounds awful doesn't it?

Have a great fourth of July emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELEST 7/4/2013 9:05AM

    emoticon Scary stuff hey.

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Your Emergency Grab and Go File

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

April 2008 Good Housekeeping page 185. In an article entitled Crisis in the ER, there were some very interesting statistics...and some good advice like this "Time Saver".

"Your Emergency Grab-and-Go File
Having your medical information with you will speed things in the ER. But you may be distracted as you head out or unable to gather it all. So in advance, create a file for each member of the family that includes:
* A short medical history, including past surgeries or major problems
*Current medical conditions
*Doctors and the phone numbers
*Allergies (especially drugs, latex)
*Insurance information
If an emergency strikes before you've prepared a file, grab the patients medicine bottles (if any) and insurance info. It's alos crucial to give signed medical consent forms for your kids to babysitters or anyone who might need to bring the kids to the hospital, says ACEP president Linda Lawrence, M.D."

Print out a medical-history form for each family member at

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KIM--POSSIBLE 7/15/2013 10:25AM

    Thanks for sharing this! We never think of these things until we need them and can't remember everything/ don't have time to pull it all together!

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CLAUDEM1 7/5/2013 10:34PM

    Good, practical advice.

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CELEST 7/4/2013 12:18PM

    Don't know how I missed this one....good list which I will show to my mother for her go bag.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/4/2013 12:00AM

    Great idea, I need to do this. Can you e-mail this to me, I'm having copy and paste problems lately.

Comment edited on: 7/4/2013 12:01:51 AM

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TATTER3 7/3/2013 11:09PM

    Good idea!

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MERRYMARY42 7/3/2013 9:56PM

    all great ideas, I will copy it and do it, Thanks for the info

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JACKIE542 7/3/2013 8:40PM

    These are all great things to do. emoticon

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IS1GAR 7/3/2013 6:34PM

    What a great advice, thank you for sharing.....I'm in great health now but the years are mounting and you never know.

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ZZYYGGY3 7/3/2013 6:24PM

    good advice.

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"Needles for your Nose"

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Good Housekeeping April 2008 page 40. I have been going to a LMT who practices Chinese medicine using essential oils and needle-less acupuncture. It works. Then I found this which I can now really relate. See what you think:

"Needles For Your Nose"

"Pollen, pet dander, dust, and other airborne particles are a pain in the nose for people with chronic hay fever. Most suffers rely on medication to ease their clogged, itchy noses, but a nondrug treatment shows new promise. In an Australian study, patients who received acupuncture twice a week for eight weeks reported that their symptoms improved by more than one-third and they used significantly less medication than snifflers who underwent fake treatment (needles inserted shallowly and a bit off the correct sites). What's more, the real-acupuncture group continued to get better over the 12 follow-up weeks. For those in the sham group, symptoms improved by only 11 percent, and by the end, that number dropped to 5.8 percent."

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TATTER3 7/3/2013 11:10PM

    Don't think so...but who knows...what works, works

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FEMISLIM 7/3/2013 6:46PM

    Good for you!!!

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CELEST 7/3/2013 11:21AM

    I'm for the natural approach myself, and there's always acupressure for those who don't like the puncture part. I do acupressure treatments on my family regularly for various things, works like magic with no after affects of chemical meds. emoticon

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    During my last sinus bout I used the same essential healing oil I use on the wrist that suffered a severe break several years ago. It helped, or seemed to. Don't know about the needle thing, I'm not a fan. I love these magazine archives, keep posting.

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NANCYPAT1 7/2/2013 11:30PM

    Thanks - it is a really interesting concept.

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BOOKWERME 7/2/2013 9:52PM

    The Chinese medicine and essential oils work well...with no puncture of the skin. I have been so impressed. The same principles as with actual acupuncture should apply. I agree, needles in the nose don't sound friendly...though I have heard that the acupuncture does not hurt.

Comment edited on: 7/3/2013 7:54:57 AM

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SUNNYWBL 7/2/2013 9:26PM

    I don't think I would like regular treatment with needles in my nose! emoticon

Fortunately, my allergy medicines keep me symptom free!


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    Ouch, not for me. Been there done that for the FMS pain and it didn't work.

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Monday, July 01, 2013

TEN LBS!! Better Homes and Gardens July 2012 page 156 has a small notice:

"10 Yearly weight gain in pounds that could be prevented by getting enough sleep: Study subjects who had their snooze time reduced to 5.6 hours a night experienced major slowdowns in metabolic rate."

Are YOU getting enough sleep? emoticon

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TATTER3 7/2/2013 6:15AM

    I do lose weight when I get sleep! Works!

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SUNNYWBL 7/2/2013 1:50AM

    Most days I get eight, sometimes more. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/1/2013 11:08PM

    I never do any more emoticon

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GOLFGMA 7/1/2013 11:02AM

    The answer! I struggle with getting 6 or 7 , but, seldom ever get 8. emoticon

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