As a Matter of Heart Karen Anne,
by Patricia Feager 2/23/2015
So many people on ActiveRain have wondered what happened to you Karen Anne Stone? Karen, you have been kept in many thoughts and prayers. So to honor and celebrate your life, I felt compelled to tell your story, the way you would have wanted it to be told.
For God's sake Women you have to take care of your teeth! According to the Academy of General Dentistry, women who suffer with chronic periodontal disease have an overall higher risk for a heart attack. Oh sure, you never have enough time or money to take care of your own personal hygiene and we know how many hours you spend driving clients around showing houses, sitting on your rump behind the computer running comps, skipping on healthy meals, writing blog posts, and maybe even playing solitary into the wee hours of the night because you can't sleep, but for God sake woman, you have to brush your teeth and floss! For cry peet, many of you women with cats, take better care of them, than you do yourself!
Has your cat ever brought you a toothbrush and reminded you to brush your teeth??? Has a cat ever taken you to the doctors and made sure you were in good health? You get the picture!
Woman! You have got to take your teeth and your heart seriously. Behind every stage of periodontal disease, the heart is a ticking bomb waiting to go off. Studies have shown that same yucky bacteria found in gum disease can enter the bloodstream resulting in a bam! Thank you Mam for the doctor and hospital bills, but there's not much more we can do for you if you get to the point of no return! But, we can send you over to the Cardiologist who may be able to save your life. You see, there's this procedure that you may not know about, so why don't you check yourself into the hospital and we'll get a surgeon to cut open your chest and fix your heart AFTER you spend a small, but very worthwhile fortune on your teeth - then maybe you'll have a candy's chance.
I know, this letter is coming across as pretty strong, but isn't that exactly the type of person Karen Anne was? STRONG! She said it like it is! A cardiologist may recommend some strict dental treatments and procedures to help get you in the right direction for a healthy heart and lifestyle, but if you have been neglecting your own needs for too long, and the older you get, the worse it gets, the harder it is for any doctor, regardless of how great they are to save a life! And don't forget, my own dentist has 4 kids to put through college, so he loves to make money (for the sake of his kids, and of course, to help you too!)
There has been plenty of research done between the relationship between oral health and cardiac health. Just check the information out from the American Heart Association. Or if you need to see graphics, check this out:
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Did you know Karen's last post was written on August 13, 2013? We hope she's smiling down on all ActiveRain Women and Men who need to pay attention to their teeth before advanced gum disease destroys the life out of them! The message is CLEAR! Your heart is important - you only get one to live by! When you stop and think about all the junk that goes into that mouth of yours, you have to wonder, why aren't we brushing and flossing several times a day? Why is it so easy to take care of everyone elses needs before your own? Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! I know many Catholic girls, like Karen Anne Stone and Patricia Feager devoured stories about martyrs and saints underneath the covers as kids with those flashlights and a good and healthy beating heart. But let's face it, oral health is the most important segway to keep a heart healthy and strong. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Everyone talks about how important exercise is, but how about exercising those electric tooth brushes up and down those gums more often!
There! I've said it all, Karen Anne Stone style. Let's get brushing and outlive those men with strong and healthy teeth and all!!! Now! If you can't sleep after reading this post, READ THIS: www.heart.org.
God bless you one and all! Now brush your teeth and go to bed!!!