Heart Healthy Dreams for 2011

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As we celebrate the New Year, we’ll undoubtedly be thinking of what was, what is, and what will be. We can’t change the past, (what was) but we can reflect on what we could have done better to improve our lives and those around us.  Reflect I say, not dwell! We have no time to dwell on or be concerned with any negativity in our lives.  Make 2011 a year without aggravation. We each have the … [Read more...]

Cookie Control

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This really happened yesterday. 6 year old: “Mom, can I have a sugar cookie for dessert?” Mom: They’re all gone. 6 year old: Where are they? Mom: Ask your Uncle Keith 6 year old: Uncle Keith, did you eat the sugar cookies? Uncle Keith: I did eat the sugar cookies 6 year old: MOM, I think Uncle Keith has a Cookie Control Problem. All this from a 6 year old. I felt like saying; “I’m Uncle … [Read more...]

Unwrapping Your Gift

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Merry Christmas and Heart Healthy Holiday Wishes to Everyone. The greatest gift I receive will have no wrapping paper, no bow, and no nametag yet I’ll know it’s for me. My gift is -- Another Day. Living with Heart Disease means I take nothing for granted. The lights on the tree will be brighter, each ornament will be more special, the turkey will smell better, the cold air will feel fresher … [Read more...]

Santa’s Stressful Days – He May Be Watching You

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I was just at an airport waiting patiently for my ride to pull up in passenger pick-up. Two guys, one a traffic enforcement officer and another a motorist waiting for his passenger. These two guys started yelling at the top of their lungs hurling every swear word and insult at each other imaginable.  The traffic cop wanted him to move his car.  The driver had his passenger literally walking down … [Read more...]

Raise A Hand For Health

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I ask parents to raise their hands if they want their kids to be Lawyers, Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, Scientists, Senior Managers, CEO's, etc.... They ALL raise their hands. Then I ask them if it was all worth it if their child has a Heart Attack at 45 years old? My Point- Parents need to get involved and demand that funding continue in ALL health and physical education programs. For the most … [Read more...]

Lunch With Open-Hearts

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Today I attended the annual Holiday Lunch with the Mended Hearts Chapter of Las Vegas.  There were about 33 fellow survivors in attendance along with some friends and family. One thing’s for sure, these folks take nothing for granted and cherish life’s everyday pleasures. After Heart Surgery or Cardiac Intervention such as Pacemakers, Stents, Angioplasty, etc… Many people go through a depression … [Read more...]

Imagination = Infinity!

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I just watched the movie ELF with Will Ferrell as Buddy the ELF.  This movie inspires me to believe that anything is possible.  We limit ourselves too often by listening to what others tell us we can or can’t do, or more importantly what they believe is possible or impossible. Belief, Magic, Hope, Faith, and the possibilities of infinity abound. Imagination = Infinity! Believe in yourself! Did … [Read more...]

The Leading Cause Of The Leading Cause?

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Heart Disease remains the leading causes of death in the US. Obesity is an epidemic.  Obesity is a leading contributor and cause of Cardiovascular Disease.  It’s a well-known risk factor. If Obesity is the most preventable of all the diseases, why are we having such a hard time doing something about it? – Keith OutrunningMyShadow.com … [Read more...]

A Very Bad Trend – Reality Hits

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Americans born today have a greater chance of not living as long as their parents.  The CDC Center for Disease Control released new data that indicates that life expectancy has fallen.  Although it’s different for men, women, and minorities, the fact that it has declined is alarming. A couple of the key trends noted in this report are that stroke has dropped to the 4th leading cause of death. … [Read more...]

Sitting To Lose Weight? What’s Your BMR?

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OK, OK, When is enough, enough? What would you do if you were told you can't exercise? The doctor just told me that I couldn’t exert myself until the first of the year. He said no more physical exertion such as treadmill, cardio, or heavy weightlifting until at least January 1. I just had this biopsy on my bladder and it turns out I tried doing a little too much too soon.  (you can read my … [Read more...]

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