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Cold As Ice

Not Another Polar Vortex

Image of a heart drawn with crayon
February is National Heart Healthy Month

Well tomorrow we’re headed into yet another deep freeze. Today the temperature was in the 20s (it’s amazing how much you appreciate 20 degree weather after dipping below zero) and it was absolutely delightful even with the snowfall.

Though the weather has been a bit wacky I was shocked, perplexed, disheartened, dismayed, bewildered and befuddled to the hear the news about Phil. Yup, it’s true, Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil, the acclaimed groundhog known for predicting how long winter will last, has a warrant out for his arrest. The warrant comes as a result of Phil’s latest prediction:

“A Super Bowl winner I will not predict,

but my weather forecast you cannot contradict.

Why that’s not a football but my shadow I see,

It’s six more weeks of winter it must be!”

Apparently New Hampshire police didn’t take too kindly to Punxsutawney Phil’s forecast and issued the following statement “He told several people that winter would last six more weeks; however, he failed to disclose that it would consist of mountains of snow!” Thank goodness for the kindness of employees of the Gunstock Mountain Resort who are offering little Phil safe haven to escape the authorities.

Meanwhile back at the ranch…the rest of us will continue being holed up with heaters and other creature comforts until the big thaw.

Braveheart

Last Wednesday I did a post on heart disease and how it’s the number one killer of women (you can view the post HERE). On Thursday when my cousin and I got our hair done she told me about a mutual female friend who had a heart attack just a couple of days prior.

She didn’t have any symptoms except for a pain in her back and shoulders. Her husband encouraged her to go to the emergency room because he said she didn’t look right. Since she didn’t want to go to the hospital it was a good thing her husband kept prodding her because when she got there upon the doctors examination, she had 100 percent blockage in one of her major valves. Her type of heart attack is called a widow maker.

The widow maker, is a condition caused by a blockage in a blood vessel called the left anterior descending (LAD) artery, which normally supplies blood to  the muscle of the heart. This condition got it’s name from men who died from the disease leaving their wives as widows. Many people who have this type of heart attack do not survive.

You may recall that Rosie O’Donnell had a heart attack back in 2012. When she was telling the story of her symptoms and how she thought she might be having a heart attack, she went so far as to Google symptoms and still ignored them. The one thing she did that may have saved her life was she took some aspirin. When she went to the cardiologist the next day sure enough she had 99 percent blockage in an artery that required a stent.

Last week I talked about 3 friends of mine who had heart attacks never knowing that as I was writing the article yet another person whom I know just survived a massive heart attack.

As women we need to take heart attacks seriously because the thinking that “it’ll happen to someone else and not me” really means that you can be that someone else. Learning that heart disease was the number one killer of women was shocking to me because like most people I thought breast cancer ranked higher.

While each February marks the occasion of American Heart Month, there are organizations specifically targeting women to raise awareness on the seriousness of this national epidemic. One such group Women Heart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, whose mission is for every woman to have access to prevention and early detection, accurate diagnosis and proper treatment has been around since the late 1990s.

Women Heart has partnered with Silpada on the lovely “You’ve Got Heart Necklace” where Silpada will donate $10 to Women Heart on every necklace purchased at full price. Silpada will be doing this not just in February but through the entire year of 2015.

The necklace is a sterling silver heart featuring etched details, and a unique heart-shaped design, on a black leather cord with two etched sterling silver beads on either side of the heart. What better way to score a nice piece of jewelry while supporting a worthwhile cause?

“It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts.” ~K.T. Jong

3 thoughts on “Cold As Ice

  1. I am playing catch up here but I must confess that i have a real phobia (and it’s very awful that I do) about heart attacks because I witnessed my dad having one at age 38 (I was 15) and I thought I caused his heart attack because we had been arguing loudly when it occurred. I grew up blaming myself and not only that, I grew up certain that I inherited his heart genes and ever since 38, I have felt I am living on borrowed time. One day I will get the courage to blog about what this has done to my life but honestly, if I haven’t commented to much on these posts, this is my feeble excuse as to why. I think what you are doing is INCREDIBLE. I have purchased the Spilada heart from my friend who sells their gorgeous jewelry and I wear it as a way to honor my dad who passed away far too young.

    thanks Steph,
    Steph

    1. Oh Steph, I’m so sorry to hear about your dad – how awful for you and blaming yourself. Heart attacks are a serious issue not just in the US (it’s a global problem) but I think because of our lifestyle we are more at risk. I didn’t take it seriously until my friend Lori had hers at the hospital. I havn’t gotten my Silpada necklace yet but I’m going to for sure, their jewelry is gorgeous. My son’s father died of a massive heart attack (they believe he didn’t know what hit him).

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