heart health and the holidays

Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
heart health and the holidays
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Sun, 11-25-2012 - 2:02pm

http://www.webmd.com/heart/features/the-truth-behind-more-holiday-heart-attacks?

Preventing Holiday Heart Attacks While researchers are still trying to pinpoint the exact reasons for the Christmas coronary, Kloner recommends these common-sense measures during this special time of year: Pile on the layers. Try to avoid exposure to very cold temperatures. Dress warmly. Take a load off. Steer clear of heart stressors, including too much physical exertion (especially snow shoveling), anger, and emotional stress. Make good choices. Avoid excess salt and alcohol. Too much drinking -- for example, binge drinking -- can lead to atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm in which disorganized electrical signals cause the heart’s two upper chambers to contract irregularly. Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, and heart failure. Get a shot. Consider getting a flu vaccination. Infection and fever put extra stress on the heart. Breathe. Go indoors during air pollution alerts but try to avoid breathing smoke from wood-burning fireplaces. If you’re visiting another home during the holidays, sit as far away as you can from a burning fireplace. Ultra-fine particles in the air can be bad for the heart. Get help. If you feel chest pain or other symptoms, call 911 for emergency help. The stakes are high. So give yourself and your family a gift this season. Don’t postpone treatment because you don’t want to spoil the holiday merrymaking.

Nightangel

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Sun, 11-25-2012 - 2:09pm

Preventing Holiday Heart Attacks While researchers are still trying to pinpoint the exact reasons for the Christmas coronary, Kloner recommends these common-sense measures during this special time of year: Pile on the layers. Try to avoid exposure to very cold temperatures. Dress warmly. Take a load off. Steer clear of heart stressors, including too much physical exertion (especially snow shoveling), anger, and emotional stress. Make good choices. Avoid excess salt and alcohol. Too much drinking -- for example, binge drinking -- can lead to atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm in which disorganized electrical signals cause the heart’s two upper chambers to contract irregularly. Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, and heart failure. Get a shot. Consider getting a flu vaccination. Infection and fever put extra stress on the heart. Breathe. Go indoors during air pollution alerts but try to avoid breathing smoke from wood-burning fireplaces. If you’re visiting another home during the holidays, sit as far away as you can from a burning fireplace. Ultra-fine particles in the air can be bad for the heart. Get help. If you feel chest pain or other symptoms, call 911 for emergency help. The stakes are high. So give yourself and your family a gift this season. Don’t postpone treatment because you don’t want to spoil the holiday merrymaking. from WebMD...

Nightangel
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Registered: 02-09-2002
Tue, 11-27-2012 - 6:23pm

Lots of good information. I try to be careful in the winter, although last year I was cleaning horse stalls in the cold and sometimes ankle deep in mud. LOL We live in a valley with alot of air pollution.. actually we have the worst pollution in the NATION.     I am having the nuclear treadmill stress test done on Friday. Just routine, but still praying that all is well....does anyone know of a natural supplement that helps keep and also get rid of plaque in the arteries? 

Rhonda in CA

Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Fri, 11-30-2012 - 9:22pm

Thanks Rhonda!

How did you make out with the nuclear treadmill stress test?

The best thing is to ask your health-care professional about that...

I am on medications that I always want to check first before taking anything that is "Natural" or over the counter.

A pharmacist knows to whether something might cause you any undue problems.

<3

Nightangel
Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Fri, 11-30-2012 - 9:23pm

I lost my beloved "Mom" to a heart attack many years ago at Christmas.

This is to Honour her.

Reminding everyone to please take care of your Heart!

<3

Nightangel
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Registered: 02-09-2002
Sat, 12-01-2012 - 10:47pm

Smile Hi nightangel.  The stress test was postponed. I just did it yesterday (Friday) Have to wait 2 weeks for the results. Also had the heart ultrasound and ultrasound on my legs.. oh boy what fun....LOL  I have decided I HAVE to start doing alot better as far as diet and exercising every day. I read the papers while I was waiting to check out. Of course dont' understand all the medical terminalogy, but did see a 67% written from the scan.... I'm thinking that might mean I have a 67% blockage   Frown.

I will let you know when I get the results. Thanks for your concern.

Rhonda

 

Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 6:33pm

Hi Rhonda!

Sorry for not getting back sooner.

I hate it when they do that, adds to the "Anxiety"!

Hopefully it ALL come back ALRIGHT.

I went today to get my eye checked, woke up this morning with my left eye half-closed over!

Go back Friday, she put me on Anti-biotics for it.

Putting warm compresses on it.

Said I have to take them for seven days.

Not my regular NP but she was nice.

I was worried, so was my ds.

She is going to follow-up to which is very cool!

I made the appointment this morning and they got me in this afternoon.

I had the test done on my feet and legs to.

Back last year when they were worried about venous ulcers due to pro-longed high blood pressure.

I told them it was my Psoriasis but it did help going to the VON...

Medication I am back on now seems to be helping.

What you are going through isn't your fault hon, sometimes it is hard ALL we are expected to do and it involves Life-style changes, it doesn't happen overnight!

<3

Lorie

Nightangel
Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Thu, 12-06-2012 - 1:42pm
Preventing Holiday Heart Attacks While researchers are still trying to pinpoint the exact reasons for the Christmas coronary, Kloner recommends these common-sense measures during this special time of year: Pile on the layers. Try to avoid exposure to very cold temperatures. Dress warmly. Take a load off. Steer clear of heart stressors, including too much physical exertion (especially snow shoveling), anger, and emotional stress. Make good choices. Avoid excess salt and alcohol. Too much drinking -- for example, binge drinking -- can lead to atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm in which disorganized electrical signals cause the heart’s two upper chambers to contract irregularly. Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, and heart failure. Get a shot. Consider getting a flu vaccination. Infection and fever put extra stress on the heart. Breathe. Go indoors during air pollution alerts but try to avoid breathing smoke from wood-burning fireplaces. If you’re visiting another home during the holidays, sit as far away as you can from a burning fireplace. Ultra-fine particles in the air can be bad for the heart. Get help. If you feel chest pain or other symptoms, call 911 for emergency help. The stakes are high. So give yourself and your family a gift this season. Don’t postpone treatment because you don’t want to spoil the holiday merrymaking.
Nightangel
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Registered: 02-09-2002
Fri, 12-07-2012 - 11:07pm

Hi Lori.  Hope you are better. How is your eye?  Yes, making lifestyle changes are hard. Especially when there are others in the house that don't want to change. Oh well, it will work out.  Been busy trying to get ready for Christmas. Here it's kind of hard to get in the spirit when we are still warm enough to wear shorts and t-shirts...LOL  Where is the winter weather??? 

Enjoy your weekend.

Rhonda

Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Sat, 12-08-2012 - 2:17pm

Hi Rhonda!

Thanks ever so much!

They lanced it yesterday, took a specimen.

Actually phoned me today at home to see how I was doing.

Feeling much better.

Not so painful.

My ds said it looks so much better, feels better.

Taking my medication, go back Monday and probably for a bit after that.

I think they want to keep an eye on it.

Pretty scarey but really proud of myself for phoning and going in to get it checked out.

I think the other NP who did it was more scared than me...she was awesome, gentle and so very kind.

Love going there.

Loved that we moved here.

Beginning to feel like home.

I have made so many friends!

Sorry you are not getting the support you need.

My ds and dd have been pretty good.

My dad not so much or my ex...

We have to take care of our-selves first.

I felt so good this morning, slept better and after breakfast and my medications I did my dishes and tidied up the kitchen.

Had the radio on.

Listening to music.

I have a few decorations up, no tree but whatever I do I do it for me.

I was watching a woman paint the windows on a restaurant close by and told her it was Beautiful and made me feel so happy!

I know it made her smile...:)...

It's raining here, we don't have no snow.

We have had some, but the temps keep going up and down like a yo-yo!...;)...

Do something FUN!...It will help to get you in the Mood!...<3

It's a hard time of year for a lot of people...I just enjoy it and we don't have a lot.

A friend of mine called with an offer of a table and two chairs.

Yeah!!!

I still hadn't got one (table), we have two chairs in our kitchen, but we have managed.

So excited she also offered to deliver it and also take me to where I use to live for the day!

How Cool is that!

I love the Lights, the Windows, and to me it's an opportunity to Smile and be Kind!

Presents aren't high on our Priority List.

I usually buy my dd and ds but mostly it's the Love we share that matters the most.

Another friend wrote Poems and gave them out.

I thought that was so cool, very sweet and special.

~hugs~

So glad you posted.

It's been really slow the Board lately.

:(...

But I am not giving up or giving in!

<3

Lorie

Nightangel
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-09-2002
Sat, 12-08-2012 - 11:24pm

So glad you are feeling better. Praying that your eye heals properly.  The true meaning of Christmas seems to get lost easily. We try to over do it with gifts and forget what it's really about. I love to say hi to people on the street. We go around town and look at the Christmas lights. The Living Museum here has a HUGE light display. It's fun to go out there.   Dont give up on the board. We all need it and the info and friends that we find here.

Wishing you a very healthy and Merry Christmas.

Rhonda

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