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More Heart Information

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

The American Heart Association (AHA) sent me an envelope filled with information on our hearts. I used the title of the greeting card, Celebrate Your Heart, for my last posting a few days ago, and now I am adding some important information about heart disease from this same organization.

(Link to previous posting:…nd-heart-disease/)


Healthy Hearts depend on many factors, some of which are: Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, Body Mass Index (BMI), Total Cholesterol and  HDL (good) Cholesterol. Most blood tests will provide this information, except for Blood Pressure, which your doctor can determine in an office visit.

Physical Activity and Your Heart:

Most articles I have read suggest what the AMH recommends: At least 130 minutes of exercise per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise or a combination of both. If you do 30 minutes per day for at least 5 days, that should be sufficient.

My exercise plan includes 2 sessions of cleaning house, which often take 1-2 hours; tai chi for 45 min. once each week; yoga once each week; treadmill and weights in the condo  gym or my own bedroom, once or twice each week; walking once each week in winter and more often in the summer, along with swimming every day. When I miss tai chi or yoga, I aim to make it up in our condo gym.

Preventing & Managing Diabetes:

Ask your doctor for a fasting glucose test, control your weight and blood cholesterol. I don’t agree with all their dietary recommendations so I go to my D.O. for that information. But I do agree that smoking and second-hand smoke only exacerbate cardiovascular issues for people with diabetes.

High Blood Pressure: While salt is generally the big issue here, the other two factors of avoiding stress with meditation, toga, walking, etc. and limiting your alcohol intake are also important. (For women especially, too much alcohol is a high risk factor, so the AHA recommends only one drink for day.)

Healthy Eating: Of course, as a nutrition educator, I focus on food that is fresh, organic when possible, lightly cooked without deep-frying or grilling at high heats, lots of green veggies, etc.

Smoking: Since there are no nutrients in smoking and nothing good to say about this addiction, go for help if you want to erase this risk factor.

The warning signs for a heart attack include:

Chest discomfort that lasts for more than a few minutes and can include pressure, fullness, squeezing, or pain.

Discomfort in other parts of the upper body (arms, legs, back, neck, jaw or stomach),

Other signs: shortness of breath, cold sweat, nausea, light-headedness.

The American Heart Association also had a small insert about stroke. Considered a medical emergency because time lost is brain cells lost, these warnings are important:

Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body).

Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.

Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

Do Not Delay: Call 911 or EMS (emergency Medical Services)

Below the list is a fact that I did not know: Check the time any of these symptoms appear and take immediate action. A clot-busting drug can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke, but only if given within three hours of the start of symptoms.

All this information can be found on the Internet and probably in brochures in the hospital or doctor’s office. Become familiar with risk factors and warning signs and take immediate action.

For more information, go to the website:
or call 1-800-AHA-USA1

9/11: Mixed Emotions & 9/12: Nat’l Grandparents Day

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

I have linked these two dates because my grandson was born on 9/11 and I also identify with Leslie Stahl’s book, Becoming Grandma. (See link below.)


Can it really be 15 years since that terrifying day in New York City? It changed us forever and the reverberations still occur.

This is also my grandson’s birthday. He was born 9/11/91, 10 years before the Trade Center 9/11, so I always have mixed feelings on this day.

There will be something on TV for us to pay homage to those who died, either in the accident itself or the people who died trying to save others such as the firemen.

The day after 9/11 memorial services National Grandparents Day, which brings back the joy of having a grandchild. But now his birthdays forever linked with 9/11, and sadly, his mother’s (my older daughter’s) birthday is on April 20th, which is when the massacre took place @ Columbine High School.

I plan to watch some of the TV coverage of 9/11 and also call my grandson to wish him Happy Birthday. He is in California and will celebrate his birthday there.

For Mother’s Day this year I wanted to review Becoming Grandma by Leslie Stahl because it had just been released. Feel free to type in Reading Matters for May 2016 in the SEARCH box and scroll down to this book.


P.S. I posted the information above yesterday, September 11th. Then, today, two important events surfaced that I want to share. First, I attended a 9/11 memorial service at a local synagogue in which the rabbi talked about what all of us who lived through 9/11 talk about: Where were you then? His personal story of being in Philadelphia while his girlfriend (now wife) was caught in NYC traffic as a result of 9/11 and he wasn’t sure where she was, but later heard from her.

We sang a couple songs and heard the blowing of the shofar, which is blown every day during the Hebrew month of Elul leading to Rosh Hosanna. The rabbi lit 3 yahrzeit candles (candles to commemorate people who have died): one for those who died in NYC; one for those killed at the Pentagon; and one for those who purposely crashed  Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA to stop the plane from going th D.C. When I went home I lit a yahrzeit candle as well and purchased flowers to put on my kitchen table.

Then, tonite I watched the story of fire fighter Stephen Siller who died as a first responder and about his siblings work for almost 15 years to help others with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation ( with a run every year that is the same run Stephen took to get from Brooklyn to the towers. He died and his body has never been recovered, but his legacy lives on and the foundation has raised 7 million dollars so far to help disabled veterans from the wars in the Middle East (building houses with special accommodations for their disabilities), as well as victims of Hurricane Sandy and the earthquake in Haiti.

Finally,I spoke to my grandson, Max, whose 25th birthday is today and now feel that  I can both honor the people who died on 9/11 and also celebrate my grandson’s birthday, because the rabbi this morning talked about how life contains both sadness and gladness, sometimes at almost the same time! How true!