Coronary Artery Disease Category

Tuesdays with Bonnie & Sharon

There is a whole lot of chopping going on here at thisoldheartblog! Every Tuesday morning, Bonnie and I head on down to Sojourner House at 5 AM to make and serve a hot breakfast to the guests experiencing homelessness. And every Tuesday morning, Bonnie, a vegan, tells me how she tried another new, delicious and […]

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Inflammation and Heart Disease

  Heart disease is the most common cause of death in the United States in both men and women. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease and the number killer of Americans. Inflammation is thought to promote the formation of fatty plaques in the arteries – atherosclerosis – causing coronary heart […]

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What Do You Think About When You Walk?

I was just wondering… what do you think about when you walk?  I have the most extraordinary, and sometimes the most creative thoughts when I walk.  Tell me… do you? It seems to me that my thought process is guided by the “tune” I am listening to at the time.  I have a playlist on […]

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Heart Disease and Profiling

  I am addicted to the suspense and escapades of the CBS Show “Criminal Minds.” I am in awe of criminal profiling.  I marvel at how the agents perform the physical and character analysis in tracking the perpetrator, only to arrest them before they strike again.  It leaves you on the edge of your seat!  […]

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Angina – Life with a Chronic Illness

Simply stated, the word BROKEN, in my humble opinion, best sums up the world of chronic angina. Broken, but o.k. One is not the whole person they profess to be, not the person they once were, nor the person filled with hope and dreams when your life is affected by chronic angina.  You know vehemently […]

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Laugh Every Day to Keep a Heart Attack Away

“HO HO HA HA HA!” You heard that right.  We are learning how to laugh! I have been hearing about some health and fitness craze known as Laughter Yoga.  There are even trends called Laughter Therapy and Laughter Clubs! “HO HO HA HA HA!” The chant – “HO HO HA HA HA” is how class […]

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Who Has the Softer Heart?

I have always been the daydreamer, the idealist, and the tenderhearted.  I have always believed in the goodness and kindness of others.  I believe that makes me “soft-hearted.” I doubt I will ever change. That is the way God has wired me. Yet, a recent story, from 60 Minutes Overtime, with Lesley Stahl, discloses that […]

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Rosie O’Donnell Goes Red for Women 2014

I am my own biggest critic.  There is no doubt.  I continue to muster up the courage to move past my own vulnerability and uncertainty to deal with life’s next challenge.  We all have a need for validation.  We all want to be seen.  We all want to be heard.  Everyone wants to be respected […]

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SMILE! It is Good for Your Heart

“Laugh, even when you feel too sick or too worn out or tired. Smile, even when you’re trying not to cry and the tears are blurring your vision.  Sing, even when people stare at you and tell you your voice is crappy.”  ~ Alysha Speers GOAL of the DAY:  Make others smile! How am I […]

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Her Story, Her Heart

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, I had the privilege of sharing “My Heart Story” at Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire.  Entitled “Her Story, Her Heart”, the presentation was developed to treat your sweetheart or yourself to the gift of heart health. It was a panel presentation and included cardiologist Regis Fernandes M.D., Susan Pope,N.P. […]

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