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Give The Gift Of Life On Valentine’s Day

February is the month when we get candy, gifts of jewelry and flowers.  All of this is great, heart-health-4but we can get any of these anytime, and if truth be told if we wait until the evening of February 14, we can get them for about half price.

This year whey don’t you and your significant other give each other the gift of life?  February is not only Valentine’s Day, it is American Heart Month /Go Red for Women.  When was the last time either of you had your heart checked?  If it has been a while, here are a few tests to ask your doctor to give you.

  • Waist circumference
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Fasting blood glucose
  • Weight and BMI

Instead of going solo to the doctor for these tests, take your significant other with you, and then accompany them when they have their tests.

The best gifts are not always the most expensive.  They can be the ones that are given from the heart–they can be priceless.

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Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Happy Valentine’s Day–give the gift of life.

 

Schedule Your Health Exams

We’ve always talked about taking care of ourselves, but most of the time it is just that–talk.  We as women of a certain age fail to schedule our yearly exams.  The ones that we should do at least yearly unless the doctor tells us to do something differently. How we fail to schedule our exams is a mystery to me–we are master schedulers.

My girlfriend Avis always schedules all of her exams close to her birthday–she says that way she will always remember. I do put mine on my phone calendar, plus my doctors are really good about reminding me. I never miss!

There are several exams that should be done yearly.

  • Mammogram–the one that most people know about is a screening mammogram.  This is a low dose x-ray of the breast from different angles. Some people with dense breast, women of a certain age or for other reasons may also be advised to do a diagnostic mammogram or ultrasound of the breast.  .
  • Pelvic Exam and Pap–no you are really never too mature to have this exam. It is done to determine precancerous or cancer of the cervix.
  • Step on the scale–close your eyes and wish away the pounds. Unwanted pounds can lead to deadly illnesses.
  • Blood pressure–even if your blood pressure has risen, you can lower it without medication. It can be a silent killer.

There are other exams that you should do less frequently unless your doctor suggest yearly. Here are a few:

  • Hearing test–with the noise of the world it is surprising we don’t need one every year.
  • Eye exam–as we age our eyes do get tired, and we may need reading glasses or develop cataracts.
  • I’m sure there are other exams that some of us do such as dental exams and checking cholesterol.

As women of a certain age, we have to remember that it is all about us.  All of us want to live long lives, but we also want to be in the best health possible.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–schedule your yearly health appointments just like you schedule that nail appointment.

 

Go Red–Your Heart Depends On It

This post was written by C Y Cooper.

Remember that heart disease kills more women each year than breast cancer, and that our symptoms are so different than those of men.

A sea of RED took over the Hilton Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas recently for the 2016 Tarrant County GO RED For Women Luncheon.  The annual fund-raising event, by the American Heart Association of Tarrant County, drew a large crowd of supporters that focuses on improving the heart health of women in the surrounding area.

It’s no secret that Heart Disease is the No. 1 killer of women in America.  It affects more women than men and is more deadly that ALL forms of cancer combined.  So, what does it mean to GO RED FOR WOMEN.  It’s about making women’s health the No. 1 priority, getting the word out to every single female in this country about their risk of heart disease and stroke.

(G)et your numbers—–Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol.

(O)wn your lifestyle—–Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy.  It’s up to YOU.  No one can do it for you.

(R)ealize your risk—–We think it won’t happen to us, but heart disease kills one (1) in three (3) women.

(E)ducate your family—–Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Teach your children/grandchildren that it’s important to stay active.

(D)on’t be silent—–Tell every woman you know that heart disease is our No. 1 Killer.

The Keynote Speaker for this year’s luncheon was Dr. Marjorie Jenkins, a nationally recognized expert in the field of sex and gender-based medicine and the Founding Director and Chief Scientific Officer of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health.  Dr. Jenkins spoke on how and why women ignore the symptoms they may be suffering from heart disease and what can be done in treating, preventing and even ending the disease.  Besides Dr. Jenkins, the audience heard from Elissa Taylor, a wife and mother of three (3), who survived a heart attack while in her 30s.

Before the luncheon attendees had the opportunity to participate in Health Screenings, Cooking Demonstrations, Hands Only CPR presented by the City of Fort Worth Fire Department and a Silent Auction.  CBS 11 News Anchor Kaley O’Kelley served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the luncheon.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–take care of yourself!

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