World Heart Day…Celebrate YOUR Heart

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World Heart Day…Celebrate YOUR Heart


World Heart Day is today, September 29.  It’s an important day for all of us because …

On average someone in the US dies of CVD every 34 seconds. 


224 per 100,000
The age-adjusted US death rate attributable
to CVD


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Twenty-four years ago Larry and I spent 4 months chasing down his medical issue. 

He had thallium stress tests and wore a monitoring device. He was referred to a Gastroenterologist and still nothing was found. Yet, Larry knew that something was not right. 

It took our friend suffering a massive heart attack in our driveway to make us take the next step. Larry was there for him while we waited for the ambulance but it was too late. 


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On my insistence, Larry told his Cardiologist he wanted an angiogram. This is an invasive test but the best way to determine blockage in the arteries. His doctor scheduled one that afternoon and the next day he had two stents put in. 

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


I hate to think what could have happened while he was out diving!


The point of this is it is up to YOU to take charge of your body.  



If you feel something is wrong, DON’T stop until you find an answer.

Do the research but remember that you are not a medical doctor. 

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


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More facts…
~About 697,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. every year…that’s 1 in every 5 deaths.
~Every year about 805,000 Americans have a heart attack.
~Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke.



If you SMOKE, stop NOW. If you know of someone who is still smoking, be a friend and get them to stop.

MOVE…walk every day and often. One tells me to get off my behind and move every hour.  

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Comments (31)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy this is a topic that hits close to home this year.  My wife recently had a heart valve replacement, and a pacemaker installed.  It has been a bumpy road the last five weeks, but she is doing great now.

Sep 29, 2023 12:43 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

So glad to hear George Souto that your wife is doing great now.  I was concerned when you mentioned it on the zoom call the other day. Thank God!

Sep 29, 2023 12:57 PM
Kathy Streib

George Souto I too am glad that your wife is on the mend. I did not want to pry but I knew it was something more than a "cold"    My best to her. 

Oct 01, 2023 07:09 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Thank God for you and your insistance Kathy Streib that Larry get the angiogram done! No telling the outcome if he had not. 

My daily meditations include, among many other things, thanking my heart for blessing me every day. 

Sep 29, 2023 12:56 PM
Kathy Streib

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist When we were in the ER once, the machines started beeping. A nurse came in and said "I'll take care of that" and all he did was turn off the alarms. I went into full Shirley MacClaine mode (Terms of Endearment ) and thankfully his cardiologist came in. 

Oct 01, 2023 07:12 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Kathy this is such an important topic and thank you for writing it.  Thank God Larry finally went in and got what he needed.  I've known a few folks that waited until it was too late and it was ever so sad. This is equally important for women too!

Sep 29, 2023 12:59 PM
Kathy Streib

I agree Anna "Banana" Kruchten Larry chased this for 4 months going through all kinds of tests. It wasn't until we threatened to get another cardiologist that his doctor agreed to do the angiogram. 

Oct 01, 2023 07:18 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Featured in BananaTUDE!   So important _ A MUST READ TUDES


Sep 29, 2023 01:06 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!

Yes, a fantastic choice to feature, Anna "Banana" Kruchten. If you hadn't, I would have!

Sep 29, 2023 02:57 PM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Anna "Banana" Kruchten and Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! 

Oct 01, 2023 07:19 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Listening to your body is paramount. A great post on this topic.

Sep 29, 2023 01:38 PM
Kathy Streib

Dr. Paula McDonald we're with it 24/7...we know how it should feel, right!!!

Oct 01, 2023 07:19 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Your post can save lives, Kathy! Mike walked around for 2 days in cardiac arrest and knew something was wrong. Finally went to the Dr. and they put a stent in his heart...the widow maker artery! Had he went into a full blown heart attack, there was no chance of survival.

Thanks for sharing yours and Larry's personal story!

Sep 29, 2023 02:56 PM
Kathy Streib

Oh my gosh Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! I just got chills thinking about what could have happened to Mike. I didn't mention this in the post but several years later, Larry was experiencing similar symptoms. We went to the ER...we told them it was his heart. Sure enough, he had his 3rd stent  put in. 

Oct 01, 2023 07:34 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Oh, praise the Lord, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!  Just this morning, I had a conversation with another local agent who had to resuscitate her husband, who 'died' on her at home, again in the ambulance and again in the Emergency Room! Thankfully, she remembered the CPR classes she had taken nearly 3 decades ago and was able to save his life, essentially. He now has a defibrillator implanted and is doing quite well but, I can't imagine how scared both you and she were.

Oct 02, 2023 06:43 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Kathy Streib you are so right I know myself I was having problems and complained and it wasn't until something happened that the problem was detected.  

Sep 29, 2023 05:17 PM
Kathy Streib

Hannah Williams I hope that everything was taken care of and you're ok. 

Oct 01, 2023 07:35 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Just last week I had an appointment with my cardiologist, and he gave me good news on 3 counts:
I had a heart,

It was in good working order 'and

I got a warranty extension for my nest appointment next year.

Sep 29, 2023 06:26 PM
Kathy Streib

Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754 That sounds like an excellent check up to m. 

Oct 01, 2023 07:35 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D
Wonderful post Kathy…. I realized many years ago to trust a woman’s intuition!!
Sep 29, 2023 07:24 PM
Kathy Streib

Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD and you would be right. Larry has learned to listen as well to my first impressions of people. I hope that you listen to your body!!!!

Oct 01, 2023 07:37 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It's amazing to understand that we lose someone to CVD every 34 seconds.

Sep 29, 2023 08:12 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Sep 29, 2023 08:12 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I celebrate my heart and take it with me wherever I go daily 🙂

Sep 29, 2023 09:40 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Congratulations on the feature, on a side note I am so tired of every day there s a Something Day.... who started this and who continued it? anyway I will kick the bucket probably because of this issue:)Endre

Sep 29, 2023 10:30 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I hope that all is well with your heart as you celebrate your 25th birthday today.  Happy Birthday!!!

Sep 30, 2023 05:03 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Just yesterday evening I got a call from one of my good friends that he was in the hospital and just had two major blockages in his heart and needed stents .

I have BEGGED HIM for months to go to the emergency room and tell them of his chest pains. He kept going to these little hospitals that told him it was nothing.  

Two days ago, he walked into the ER in a larger town and they immediately sent him to the cath lab. 

I've had many a major argument with my husband that he was having a heart issue and every time it resulted in stents and eventually triple bypass surgery last year and a pacemaker this year for afib. 


Sep 30, 2023 05:13 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi, Kathy Streib - You are so right about taking proactive measures to protect your health.  Like you said,  it is scary to think what could have happened to Larry had he been diving and not taken steps to find the issue. 

Sep 30, 2023 11:24 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

We definitely need to pay attention when our body tells us something is wrong!

Sep 30, 2023 12:40 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I hope that your post moves lots of people to take their health seriously. Thanks for the reminder

Oct 01, 2023 05:10 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Great PSA, Kathy! I used to scrub for a world-renowned heart surgeon (Francis Robiscek) and saw everything from very minor heart disease, causing terrible damage that is reparable -  to the ones who don't make it off of the OR table.

Wouldn't you know it, that's what my mother died of - she actually had an LVAD that was pumping her heart for her for the last 3 years of her life! 

So, working in the OR and knowing how bad heart disease is to finding out heredity fired another crazy disease at our family (colon cancer and Alzheimer's, we already knew about), it was time to be evaluated.

So far, so good! I'm on my boys to stay on top of diagnostic care as they age as well. It's certainly nothing to put on the back burner!

Oct 01, 2023 09:11 PM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Kathy Streib great reminder. October 5, 2022 was my wake-up call. I went to surgery and had a 4-way bypass. Every day I think and mention to all not to wait. 

Oct 04, 2023 10:37 AM