A fascinating study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism has found a strong correlation between reduced Bone Mineral Density and Breast Arterial Calcification associated with cardiovascular disease. Women in the study at Columbia University Medical Center received mammograms as well as DXA scans, and results indicated women with osteoporosis were more likely to have the calcification. This is important because it suggests BMD could be considered a warning sign for women at risk of vascular disease. To check out the abstract, go to http://jcem.endojournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/93/1/208 .
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Despite the tag-teaming of breast surgeons and plastic surgeons, and despite the fact that there were no surgical complications, my surgery took 12 hours - 12 hours of anesthesia and lying on the table and keeping my family and friends waiting to hear it was over and that I was fine. Of course, when you're the patient you have no idea how long you've been out, so when I woke up in the recovery room and looked up at the big black and white school-room style clock and saw that it was after 10 p.m., all I knew was that I had slept through a huge portion of the day.
There was one other thing I knew: I knew that I felt like I'd been hit by a truck and then the truck sat on me.
I know I said that in an earlier post - used those exact words, in fact, about getting hit by a truck and having the truck sit on me - and I'm repeating them again in this post because, in truth, there are simply no other words to describe what it felt like at that exact moment and almost every ...
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