Nurses Are The Best

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“I went to a wedding reception and there were 3 Cardiac ER nurses there.  One of them said that this was the safest party in town and that there was no way anyone could die there.  She said that if something were to happen the patient would surely survive at least until they got to the hospital.  It was the funniest and truest thing I have heard in a long while. Nurses are the greatest.  They do … [Read more...]

We Are The Cure!

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We are the Cure. Since 1999, the death rate from coronary heart disease has decreased by 23%; the death rate from stroke has been reduced by 19%; and high cholesterol prevalence was reduced by 20%.Much of this success in fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke is due to the research, public education efforts, medical training and community health programs funded by the American Heart … [Read more...]

Blood Is Thicker Than Water…. But Mostly Water

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“Pumping from our heart, It takes blood about 20 seconds to circulate throughout the entire vascular system.  Blood is approximately 78% water.  Stay hydrated.  Drink plenty of plain water.  Water is key to good health and weight control.” - Keith … [Read more...]

Do You Have A List?

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“Shop with a list.  No list, No grocery shopping.  This has really helped me keep the garbage (unhealthy) foods away and out of the house.  Impulse buying for me is almost non-existent.  Add heart healthy foods to your list and stick to it.  Keep a grocery list on the counter and add items throughout the week.  Remember, If it doesn’t go in the cart, it can’t hitch a ride home.” - Keith … [Read more...]

Choose Fruit

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“The Heart Healthy benefits of fruits are enormous.  Fruits are rich in fiber, natural minerals, and vitamins to name a few.  Choose a variety of colorful fruits and snack away.  I’ve had some fantastic nectarines, blueberries and red seedless grapes in the last couple weeks.  Look for what’s on sale to tell you what’s in season and fresh.  What great tasting fruits have you had lately?” - Keith … [Read more...]

Let’s Get On The Ride

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“A Lifestyle Change can be like a roller coaster.  We’re nervous and scared before we get on it.  The biggest fear is when it starts.  After the first drop we feel relieved and catch our breath, although there may be some more ups and downs.  When the ride is over we say it wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be.  We’re usually happy that we can say, “We Did It”.  Start your Heart Healthy ride … [Read more...]

A Big Thank You

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“A big “Thank You” to the medical students at Touro University for having me speak and share my journey and fight with Heart Disease and Obesity.  Your questions at the end made the presentation even better.  You will each save and change many lives for the better.  Heart healthy Days to you and best of luck in school.” - Keith … [Read more...]

The Best Hospitals in the World

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US News Best Hospitals List (Link to US News Report) The Best Hospital List is out again.  Congratulations to my friends and doctors at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and The Cleveland Clinic. … [Read more...]

Yes I can Do It!

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“I didn’t know I could do that.  We’ve all said those words?  They’re true until we actually take the action to do what we thought we couldn’t do.  Our lives can only move forward based on the action we take. What we need to realize is that for any challenge we face, we hold all the answers and solutions within ourselves. Yes, I can do it.” - Keith … [Read more...]

Yes or No?

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“Remember, getting healthier and more fit is not a race or contest.  HEART HEALTHY, YES or NO?  Ask yourself this when you start to eat something or do something.  I do it all the time.  If you say NO, then you may do or eat less of it:)” - Keith … [Read more...]

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