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One would think that with all the advances in drugs, diet advice, nutritional supplement support, and lifestyle changes being made that the rate of heart attacks would be dropping like a rock. Today, we have methods like heart scans and calcium scores to identify more at risk persons and lipoprotein blood testing to more accurately pinpoint causes of heart disease. With all this new technology, how is it possible that over the last several decades the incidence of heart attacks has remained somewhat constant?
A new analysis of the last 40 years of Framingham Heart Study data suggests the answers may lie in better detection of small heart attacks that used to go undiagnosed. A second finding of the study was the marked decline in mortality from heart attack. As might be expected, this was attributed to improved intervention (think angioplasty and stents ) and secondary prevention. The analysis tracked 9,824 adults who had not yet had a heart at...
For me, the holidays are a time of slowing down. This is the time of the year when my classes come to stopping point and I have more time at home. The weather gets colder and I feel it is telling me to stay home where it is warm. I have no problem obeying.
I figured out years ago, maybe even pre-RA that being super busy with a long list of "to do" things does not nourish me and even robs me of the holiday spirit. With rheumatoid arthritis a permanent companion in my life, I am all about nourishing myself by listening to not only what my body is telling me, but what my heart is telling me also.
To reduce my holiday "to do" list and enjoy the spirit that comes with the holidays, I practice a few simple guidelines:
1. I order almost all Christmas gifts online. I am not a great shopper and rather than walking from store to store putting pressure on feet that already hurt, I order online and have fun tracking my packages as they arri...
Recently my 13 year old daughter told me, "I really admire Grandma. Even though she is old and has a difficult time getting around, she gets out and does the things she loves to do." Wow! What an amazing observation from my daughter and what a wonderful gift my mom has unknowingly passed onto my daughter.
My mom is amazing. Although she will be 71 years old this month, she still lives her life as if she was 30 years old, minus the miniskirts and high heels. She often says her mind still wants to get up and go like she was 30 years old, not almost 71 years old.
My mom spent most of her adult years caring for her six children. She worked part time as a nurse so that she could be home with us the majority of the time. As the younger group of kids made it to school, she began focusing on her own career. She not only received her bachelor's degree while working and caring for a family but she went on to achieve her m...
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