Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Heart Attack Signs That Women Ignore

Women's Health: The (Often Overlooked) Signs of A Heart Attack

  Conventional wisdom has it that heart attacks come out of the blue.
 We're also trained to expect a heart attack to happen a certain way: The victim clutches his chest, writhes in pain, and collapses.
   But for women, it often doesn't happen that way.
  Study after study shows heart attacks and heart disease are under-diagnosed in women, with the explanation being that they didn't have symptoms. But research shows that's not the case.

  Women who've had heart attacks realize, looking back, that they experienced significant symptoms -- they just didn't recognize them as such.
 In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health,  and published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, 95 percent of women (nearly all!) who'd had heart attacks reported experiencing symptoms that were decidedly new or different from their previous experience a month or more before their attacks.

 Even when a heart attack is occurring, women are often slow to realize what's happening and call a doctor, mainly because women's heart attack symptoms are different than men's.

  This failure to recognize heart attack signs in women has led to a grim statistic: Women are more likely to die from sudden cardiac death than men are, and two thirds of women who have a heart attack don't recover completely.
To prevent a heart attack from sneaking up on you, watch for these little-known signs of heart attack:

   More than 70 percent of women in the NIH study reported extreme fatigue in the month or months prior to their heart attacks. This was not just your run-of-the-mill tiredness -- the kind you can power through -- this was an overwhelming fatigue that sidelined them from their usual schedules for a few days at a time.

Sleeplessness or insomnia. 
  Despite their fatigue, women who've had heart attacks remember experiencing unexplained inability to fall asleep or stay asleep during the month before their heart attacks.

Anxiety and stress.
  Stress has long been known to up the risk of heart attack. But what women report is the emotional experience; before their heart attacks they felt anxious, stressed, and keyed up, noticeably more than usual.
  Moments before or during a heart attack, many women report a feeling they describe as "impending doom;" they're aware that something's drastically wrong and they can't cope, but they're not sure what's going on.

Indigestion or nausea.
  Stomach pain, intestinal cramps, nausea, and digestive disruptions are another sign reported by women heart attack patients.
  Become familiar with your own digestive habits, and pay attention when anything seems out of whack. Note especially if your system seems upset and you haven't eaten anything out of the ordinary.

Shortness of breath.
  Of the women in the NIH study, more than 40 percent remembered experiencing this symptom. One of the comments the women made is that they noticed they couldn't catch their breath while walking up the stairs or doing other daily tasks.

Flu-like symptoms.
   Clammy, sweaty skin, along with feeling lightheaded and weak, can lead women to wonder if they have the flu when, in fact, they're having a heart attack.

Jaw, ear, neck, or shoulder pain.
  While pain and numbness in the chest, shoulder, and arm is a common sign of heart attack (at least, among men), women often don't experience the pain this way.
  Instead, many women say they felt pain and a sensation of tightness running along their jaw and down the neck, and sometimes up to the ear, as well.
  The pain may extend down to the shoulder and arm--particularly on the left side--or it may feel like a backache or pulled muscle in the neck and back.

How to protect yourself or the women you care about

In addition to the symptoms they do have, women differ from men in another significant way -- they may not experience many of the symptoms we traditionally associate with heart attacks.
  This, experts say, is a major reason why women's heart attacks go unrecognized and untreated. Almost half of all women in the NIH study felt no chest pain, even during the heart attack itself. Numbness is another symptom women may not experience, experts say.
 If your body is doing unusual things and you just don't feel "right," don't wait. Go see your doctor and ask for a thorough work-up.
  And if you have any risk factors for cardiac disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, or family history of heart disease, mention these to the doctor.
  Time is of the essence, so don't count on medical staff to know your background or read your chart -- tell them your risk factors right away, so your condition can be evaluated fully and completely.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Natural Drain Clearing - Cleaning w Baking Soda

  Cleaning - Clearing - Freshening your Drains w/ Baking Soda

 Simple 2-step natural process clears most food clogs, and will freshen your sink and drains.
Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1 cup of vinegar.
 ...told you it was simple! 

  Note:  There is an immediate reaction! Vinegar is an acid, while baking soda is an alkaline (they're chemically opposed to each other).
 When combined, they produce an impressive foaming action similar to that created by hydrogen peroxide on a Do NOT hang over the sink or tub to look down the drain when the ACV is introduced.
  Should this foaming action splatter in your eyes, simply flush with plenty of cold, fresh water.

  Try heating the vinegar in the microwave for 1 min before adding it to the drain.
 Wait 5 minutes before flushing the drain with 2 quarts of hot water.
  - Some prefer to add a TBs of salt to this flush.

  You can repeat this process a few times if you like.
 If this is the first time you have cleaned your drain in a long time it may be necessary to repeat the baking soda flush a couple of times.

 Use the same ideas to clean and freshen your garbage disposal.
  You may be able to cut the required amounts of baking soda, water, vinegar, and salt in 1/2 for use in your disposal.

Try putting baking soda down the drain without rinsing when you are going on vacation or even just a weekend trip.

  It will help reduce odors that may develop while you are gone. 
Flush the baking soda out of the drain with hot water or hot vinegar followed by hot water when you return.

Benefits of Baking Soda and Drains
  Using Baking Soda to clean your drains and garbage disposal eliminates harsh chemicals that may leave odors and residue in your sinks.
 All of the listed combinations are environmentally friendly, which will help concerns about chemical contamination, or even the risk associated with having chemicals in a home with children.
Using baking soda for these jobs can be friendly to your wallet too, especially if you recycle the boxes you use in the freezer or fridge when they are no longer as fresh.

*Pop's Note:
   Next time you're in the laundry section, look for the large (4lb) boxes of Baking soda, just a few dollars in Walmart. This will save you some money in the long run.
 I don't use the paper boxes in my fridge. Any small cup or dish will work.
 Find something bright and colorful, like a candle holder or a potpourri dish, or just fill a few of the egg holders if you (like me) never use them anyway.
 Once or twice a month you can dump this used baking soda down the sink drain to recycle it as a drain freshener.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Your Worst Coffee Drink Choices: Diet Sabotage

 Worst Coffee Drinks for Your Healthy Lifestyle

 The Worst Coffee Drink in America:

Lotta Caramel LatteCold Stone Creamery Lotta Caramel Latte, Gotta Have It Size
1,790 calories
99 g fat (62 g saturated, 2.5 g trans)
175 g sugars
It may be coffee-flavored, but this bloated fat-shake is virtually unrecognizable next to your typical morning cup of Joe.
  It's simply a giant dessert drink disaster; Nearly a full day's worth of calories, as much saturated fat as you'll find in 62 strips of bacon, and you'll exceed your daily limit of trans fats in the few minutes it takes you to drink it.
  Oh, and the ridiculous sugar load? 44 spoonfuls!
 If you want a sweet, caramel latte taste, opt for the actual caramel latte at Cold Stone, not the shake. You'll cut more than 1,500 calories from your order!

Try This Instead!Lite Milk Caramel Latte, Love it Size
250 calories
2.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated)
34 g sugars

Worst Caramel-Flavored Coffee Drink:
  McDonald's Caramel Latte
 McDonalds Caramel Latte with Whole Milk (large)
330 calories
9 g fat (5 g saturated)
210 mg sodium
51 g sugars

This caramel confection hides an unhealthy dose of sugar and an unnecessary amount of calories. But don’t blame the caramel flavoring entirely. Choose the flavored cappuccino instead for a fat-free, lower-calorie, lower-sugar alternative that will hit your sweet spot just the same. When given the choice, always opt for a cappuccino over a latte—they’re made with less milk than lattes, which means they’re lighter, with fewer calories.

Have This Instead!
Caramel Cappuccino with Skim Milk (medium)
190 calories
0 g fat
150 mg sodium
41 g sugars

Worst Chocolate Coffee Drink

Starbucks Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino with Whole Milk and Whipped Cream (venti)
520 calories
23 g fat (14 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
350 mg sodium
68 g sugars

Talk about double trouble. Within this chocolate calamity lurks three-quarters of your recommended daily intake of saturated fat, and as much sugar as you’ll find in 10 Rainbow Popsicles! Slash your calorie intake by switching to skim milk and cutting out the whipped cream. Knock the size down to a grande, and switch from the frappe to an iced mocha, and you’re looking at a drink with 350 fewer calories than when you started. Make a switch like that every single day, and you’ll lose about 6 pounds in two months!

Try This Instead!
Grande Iced Caffe Mocha with Skim Milk (No Whipped Cream)
170 calories
2.5 g fat (0 g saturated, 0 g trans)
80 mg sodium
26 g sugars