Saturday, February 9, 2013

Mayo Clinic - Cardiac Care Pink

My sister Jan's dear friend Anne passed away. They believe she had a heart attack. She was getting ready for work and called her husband's name and by the time he got there, she was gone. 

Jan sent me this. She had known Anne for over 20 years and I know she is hurting. When a friend dies, we face our own mortality. Jan is concerned that so many people are her age. We are Boomers and we need this information.

Good things to know!  Mayo Clinic
How many folks do you know who say they don't want to drink anything before going to bed because they'll have to get up during the night!!
I  never knew all of this! Interesting.......
I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time.  Answer from my Cardiac Doctor: “Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys can remove the water because it is easier.”

I knew you need a minimum of water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.
Correct time to drink water... Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!
Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its  effectiveness on the body:
  • 2 glasses of water after waking up -  helps activate internal organs
  • 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion
  • 1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps  lower blood pressure
  • 1 glass of water before going to bed -  avoids stroke or heart attack

My Physician also told me that water at bedtime will help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.

Mayo Clinic on Aspirin 
Dr. VirendSomers, a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic, is lead author of the report in the July 29,  2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of  Cardiology.
Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 a.m. and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.

  • If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night. The reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour "half-life"; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system.
  • Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest - for years, (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).
  • Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue. It works much faster than the tablets.

Why keep aspirin by your bedside? The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep. If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water. Then call 911.

Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by.  Say "heart attack!"  Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins. Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and  ...DO NOT LIE DOWN!

There are other symptoms of a heart attack besides pain in the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating;  however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.

Note: It is possible that there may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.
A Cardiologist has stated that if each person after  receiving this information and lets more people know where to get the information, probably one life could be saved!
 I have already shared this information. What about you? It may save lives!
 "Life is a one-time gift."


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