John Thoms, a high school freshman, went to the doctor for a routine physical. Instead of receiving a clean bill of health, the young man was told that he had suffered a heart attack!
It is always important to be curious and informed because it enables us to be more proactive and take ownership of our health. When it comes to heart disease, we tend to focus on prevention. And yes, prevention is important but what about those who have been diagnosed with heart disease or had a servious heart issue like a stroke?
Antibiotics are great and have saved many lives. But they should only be taken if absolutely necessary. And the bad news is that they are sometimes prescribed unnecessarily.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) usually refers to various conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels, also known as the circulatory system.
Americans were shocked when fitness guru and star trainer of The Biggest Loser Bob Harper suffered a heart attack in 2017. If someone as healthy as Harper could have a heart attack, then heart disease can affect anyone.
Be honest. Do you really understand those heart rate charts attached to the treadmills, elliptical trainers and stair climbers at the gym, or the cardio workouts these machines automatically program for you when you enter your age and weight? What about all the different heart rate zones and targets that you can program into your smartwatch or smartphone apps? More importantly, do you know how to use this information to get and keep your heart as healthy as you can? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably a resounding “no.”
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Heart attacks don’t always happen the way you see in movies with “out-of-the-blue chest pain and a dramatic collapse, with only overweight men being affected.” In fact, there are those who blame the movies for missing the warning signs of a heart attack. And there is research supporting the finding that 4 in 10 people “believe the symptoms and treatment of heart disease we see on the big screen.” This belief “could be fatal if it causes them to miss the warning signs in themselves or others.”
Aspirin is probably one of the safest, most used, and well-known painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications around. Most of us grew up with it in the family medicine cabinet.
We are quickly approaching the new year. So, many of us may be trying to schedule last-minute doctor’s appointments in order to get a routine physical, hoping we can enter 2019 with a clean bill of health.
During November of 2017, Robin Leach, renowned journalist and host of the hit TV show “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” suffered a “mini stroke” while vacationing in Mexico. He was taken to a Las Vegas hospital, where he was put on a ventilator in the intensive care unit.
As you age, stiffening of the joints is not the only thing you have to worry about. You also have to be concerned about stiffening of the arteries.
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