posted on Jun, 5 2009 @ 12:23 PM
Thank you all so very, very much. Your care and concern warm my heart, and make a huge difference to me.
asked how we can protect ourselves, so I will try to respond...
Briefly, flu is linked to chronic disease. Flu also is known to cause heart attacks. Before and during a heart attack, the heart beat goes wonky.
Irregular heartbeat -heart arrythmia or fibrillation- can cause strokes (before it is bad enough to cause a heart attack).
Flu Triggers Heart Attacks
Heart disease - atrial
Atrial fibrillation is a condition involving an irregular heart rhythm, known as an arrhythmia. It is the most common type of arrhythmia, affecting
approximately 250,000 Canadians. While it is rare in people under 40, its prevalence increases with age. About 3% of the population over the age of 45
and 6% over age 65 have atrial fibrillation. After the age of 55, the incidence of AF doubles with each decade of life.
Generally the risk of developing AF increases with age and with other risk factors such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and underlying heart
disease. One of the main complications of atrial fibrillation is that it may result in a stroke. Individuals with atrial fibrillation have 3 to 5
times greater risk for stroke than those without AF.
Stress is psychological and physical. The goal here is to keep mental and physical stress from affecting your heart (and then your brain).
All that "Personal Responsibility in Health" advice is good - except for the part about blaming the victims.
2. Rest when you need to - not later.
3. Sleep when you need to - not later.
4. If your body says STOP! - you stop. Whatever you're doing. Immediately.
5. Eat right, play lots, laugh every day and enjoy life.
And don't forget to dance.
The endorphins and serotonin released in the process protect your heart and brain.
And remember this? It works...
Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
Most of what I really need to know about how to live and what to do, and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the
graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school.
These are the things I learned:
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life.
Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.
Remember the little seed in the plastic cup? The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the plastic cup -- they all die. So do we.
And then remember the book about Dick and Jane and the first word you learned, the biggest word of all: look.
Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and sane living.
Think what a better world it would be if we all -- the whole world -- had cookies and milk about 3 o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our
blankets for a nap. Or if we had a basic policy in our nation and other nations to always put things back where we found them and cleaned up our own
messes. And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.
~ Robert Fulghum ~
It really is this simple. Honest. Of course, it's not easy to get this simple in today's stressful world...