World Heart Day is September 29. Please Listen to Yours.

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World Heart Day is September 29. Please Listen to Yours.

Today is a special day for me and I hope that you’ll be a part of it.

Eighteen years ago. Larry had 2 stents put in. The procedure was aworld heart day success and he was up and around within 2 days.

 

World Heart Day, sponsored by the American Heart Federation, this day urges us to do everything we can to make our hearts healthier. Being heart healthy, and encouraging our friends and family to do so as well, is something we can do and must do.

 

Coronary heart disease accounts for 1 in 7 deaths in the US, killing over 360,000 people a year


I apologize because I’ve told this story before but bear with me. Eighteen years ago Larry was chasing a physical issue for 4 months. Nothing was found when we went to the ER one day.

He was given every test that could have been given...thallium stress tests, a monitoring device, and tests from a gastroenterologist.  Nothing could be found, and yet, he felt something wasn’t right.

It took a friend suffering a massive heart attack in our driveway to make us take the next step.

 

 

Larry had an appointment with his cardiologist and we insisted on an angiogram, which the doctor had resisted because it is invasive.

It turns out the Larry had a 99% blockage in his right artery, thankfully not this left, known as the widowmaker.

During the time he’d been tracking down this issue, he was diving, hunting, golfing, fishing...everything!

They said that his symptoms didn’t present as typical of heart disease.

 

 

heart health  world heart dayWhat I hope that you will take away from this is you need to listen to your own body and what it is trying to tell you.

 

 

No one knows it better.

If you feel as if something is wrong, don’t stop until you find an answer.

Do the research but remember that you are not a medical doctor. You will not have every ailment listed.

Find another doctor...get a second, third, or fourth opinion if you need to.

 

One more thing...3 years ago, Larry started having similar feelings. We went to the ER and he was monitored but nothing was being found. I began to pull a Shirley MacLaine in Terms of Endearment.

This time we did not wait. He and I both told the cardiologist that he needed to do an angiogram.

The next morning when I was on my way to the hospital (they wouldn’t let me stay) Larry’s doctor called to say we were right. They went in early in the morning and found he needed another stent. The other 2 were still good!

 

I urge you to go to the World Heart Federation website and learn more about what you can do to make your heart a healthy one!

 

More Facts...

 

Cardiovascular disease, listed as the underlying cause of death, accounts for nearly 801,000 deaths in the US. That’s about 1 of every 3 deaths in the US.

 

Someone in the US has a stroke about once every 40 seconds.

 

About 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 40 seconds.

 

 

 

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Kathy Streib
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Sheila Anderson Everytime I think of all of the diving he was doing and what could have happened it scares me. 

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty please call for your check up now!!!

Thank you George Souto And I will continue to share it. I don't ever want anyone not to get help when it could have saved them. 

 

Sep 28, 2017 03:28 PM #28
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Dick Greenberg What is it with you guys!?!  You and Larry had your heart issues about the same time!  I'm glad you've been careful and continue to see your cardiologist. 

Pat Champion Thank you!  be sure to listen to yours!

Sep 28, 2017 03:32 PM #29
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel I am very happy to hear that! If you continue to go to your wonderful Farmer's Market and take your walks on the beach you will be. And, of course, you have each other!!!

Sep 28, 2017 03:34 PM #30
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Hi Kathy this is a MUST read post for everybody with a heart.  I had a bit of  a scare last year as my blood pressure shot up and they couldn't figure out why. I went through all the tests and all checked out fine. I remember the cardiologist asking me if I exercised?  Well yes.....I hike about 4 miles or so a day and love it.  And he then asked - are you ever out of breath?  Nope!  Still don't know why it all happend to this day.  But... I am very careful now if something doesn't seem right I will do something about it.

Sep 28, 2017 04:34 PM #31
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Hi Kathy

This is such an important and valuable post to share with everyone. We only have one body and one life so we need to tke care of ourselves, heart wise or other wise. When something feels off, it's important to get checked out. And a regular physical is also on my list.

Jeff

Sep 28, 2017 05:32 PM #32
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I love Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI's answer - anyone with a heart! SO true that we ALL need to be on top of our heart health and LISTEN to our bodies. Thankfully, you and Larry did - I mean really, THANK GOD!  99% blockage is scary.

And, I also agree that eating healthy can definitely make a difference. There are some who are genetically pre-disposed and regardless of a fantastic diet, should always have heart-health-check-ups annually. It can definitely be a matter of life and death, Kathy! 

SO happy that Larry is doing great - prayers answered! 

Sep 28, 2017 09:12 PM #33
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Thank you for sharing. We really do need to push the issue when we know something isn't right. I'm glad Larry is doing well!

Sep 29, 2017 03:00 AM #34
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Doug Dawes
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Good Morning Kathy Streib 

What a great post AND listening to our bodies is a skill we need to develop as well as gut instinct. Glad Larry is doing well,

Sep 29, 2017 03:56 AM #35
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Thanks for the reminder, Kathy.  We should all take the best care of our little tickers.

Sep 29, 2017 04:39 AM #36
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Your little voice always has a louder reason for speaking...when it concerns health....DO it ! Thank you

Sep 29, 2017 05:11 AM #37
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It is wise to be good stewards of all we have our bodies included. Then, to make the most out of all opportunities while we can. The brevity of life is upon us all

Sep 29, 2017 06:56 AM #38
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Kathy, thanks for sharing this story. So important to follow our own signals for good health, I agree.  I am so glad that you and Larry found the reasons and responded!

Sep 29, 2017 08:56 AM #39
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Heart health is dear to my heart because my mother had two bypass operations 12 years apart. My brother and I are both healthy eaters and excercise like fiends and we have her to thank for that.

Sep 29, 2017 09:15 AM #40
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Thanks for sharing and I am so glad Larry's story had a happy ending. This is a good reminder for us to all take care of our hearts because much of cardiovascular disease is preventable.

Sep 29, 2017 11:02 AM #41
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Great information. Thank you for sharing.  So glad that he followed his intuition! Happy Heart Day!

Sep 29, 2017 01:23 PM #42
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Thank you Kathy for this very important information. I will definitely checkout the website.

Sep 29, 2017 07:42 PM #43
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Wow what a story, Kathy, my father had a Quadruple Bypass  around 1983 when it was something of a pioneering days... so you think I would learn?.... not all of us are good at this glad Larry and you were....Endre

Sep 29, 2017 11:10 PM #44
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I had open heart surgery 15 years ago. I did not know I had a problem until I went to the Dr about an infection in my leg. She said,"While you are here let me listen to your heart." She found a significant heart sound that after many tests was found to be life threatening. I did not ever suspect I had any problem with my heart.

I am proud to report my heart is doing great and I have had no more problems. 

Get your heart checked regular.

Thanks for a great post.

Sep 30, 2017 03:24 PM #45
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Kathy Streib Thank you for sharing the important World Heart Day. 

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Glad to hear that Larry was all right. I didn't know about that until just now. I agree that we should all listen to our bodies. Thanks for sharing!

Oct 27, 2017 10:06 AM #47
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