Friday, February 4, 2011

Staggering Numbers Projected for Cardiovascular Disease

WOW.  Can I say Wow again?  I just read some very unsettling predictions for the prevalence and future costs of Cardiovascular Disease here in the US.

An individual with Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) can be affected by having one or more forms of CVD.  He or she may have Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), Coronary Heart Disease (narrowing of the arteries that feed the heart with blood), Stroke and/or Heart Failure.  Individuals with CVD require long-term treatment medical management and sometimes surgical management to live with the disease.  Depending on the severity of the CVD, individuals may live a somewhat normal life ranging all the way to a severely debilitated life.

According to the American Heart Association, from 1996 to 2006, death rates from CVD declined 29.2 percent.  In looking at this past statistic, it is evident that death rates associated with CVD are decreasing, yet more people are being diagnosed with CVD.  Since treatment of CVD is life-long and ongoing, it's no wonder the costs of treatment are going to go up with these current trends especially taking into account the aging baby boomer population.

The American Heart Association is projecting the following:
  • By 2030, 40.5% of the US population is projected to have some form of CVD.
  • Between 2010 and 2030, real total direct medical costs of CVD are projected to triple, from $272.5 billion to $818.1 billion.
These numbers are staggering.  The time is now to take control of your health and wellness.  Please take the time to learn about the causes and prevention strategies you can implement to decrease your chances of being affected by Cardiovascular Disease.  Take action now to prevent becoming the 2 out of 5 to have CVD and those projected to spend $818.1 billion on medical care.  Steps for prevention and health improvement today will help promote quality of life tomorrow.

Yours in health,
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Recommended Book


Wow, as I have mentioned before prevention, prevention, prevention is key to keeping us healthy through the years.  I have just finished reading a book that I recommend everyone read.  The Silent Killers Within, written by Dr. Bruce Miller, DDS, CNS is fabulous.  In his book, he discusses key conditions like pre-diabetes, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and their connection to heart disease.  He tells you what to do to prevent these conditions, and what to do if you have them.  He covers diet, exercise, supplements, herbs and more.  Dr. Miller's knowledge, expertise, simplistic explanations, and range of recommendations are sure give us all tremendous advantages in our quests to lead long, healthy, quality lives.

Yours in health,
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National Go Red Day!

Hello and Happy Friday,

It's National Go Red Day today to celebrate hearth health and awareness for heart disease in women.

Wear read today and follow my blog for tips throughout the month for keeping your hearth healthy.

Yours in health,

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Engage Yourself and Create Your Own Feedback Loop for Health and Wellness

Thomas Goetz: It's time to redesign medical data | Video on

How do we create personal changes that positively influence our future health and wellness? One of the things we need to do is to gain knowledge about our personal medical data. When you see your health care provider, ask questions. Don't just get a report, "Everything's fine. See me in a year." You have the right to be informed about your health and how the pieces of the puzzle fit together to make up you your current level of health. Ask questions. Get your data, request copies for your own records. The only way to make long-term positive changes is to understand your health information. How does your current health compare to optimal health? If you're out of ranges in specific areas, what is the significance of being out of range? What are your options for change?

A specific example of these questions and the feedback loop, as described by Thomas Goetz in his TedMed talk October, 2010, might be this. What is your weight? Is it defined under-weight, normal, over-weight or obese? How does this compare to optimal health of maintaining a normal weight? What are the significant long-term effects of where your current weight is at? Does your weight put you at risk for disease? Does your current weight keep you at lower risk for disease? What are your options? Should you stay at your current weight? Gain weight? Lose weight? Which one of these options best supports achieving optimal health? What actions are you going to take to achieve normal weight? When you develop and take actions to work toward a goal, you are engaging yourself.

For long-term success and optimal health, we must be engaged. We need to engage ourselves in changes that promote health and wellness. Once we know how our current state of health measures with optimal health and wellness, we can determine which action plans will make a difference and which ones we want to incorporate into our daily lives. Enjoy watching this video, learning more about different tactics and philosophies on making lifestyle changes, and use the concepts in this blog entry and the video to create your very own personal feedback loop for positive change.

By getting knowledge and creating your own feedback loop for positive change, you can make a difference in your long-term health and wellness.

Yours in health,

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tribute of Thanks to Jack LaLanne

Wow.  I’m not sure if you have heard this news or not, but I just read that Jack LaLanne passed away today.  He was 96.  What a great example and inspiration for us all.  He was a very strong proponent of a healthy lifestyle long before it was ever in fashion to watch one’s diet or exercise.  The disciplines of a healthy diet and routine exercise surely helped him live a healthy and active life to the age of 96.  It's a lifestyle, it's something you do the rest of your life," LaLanne said. "How long are you going to keep breathing? How long do you keep eating? You just do it."

No matter how young or how old we are, it’s never too late to make changes that will impact our health.  So, as the Nike ad says, Just do it.  Eat better and exercise often.  Little things can make a big difference.  Even if we have existing conditions or genetic risk factors that may predispose us to disease and illness, our lifestyle and daily habits are very important contributing factors for our long-term wellness and quality of life.  Regarding exercise, LaLanne said this, "The only way you can hurt the body is not use it.  Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it's never too late."

We should all take a moment in our day to remember and thank Jack LaLanne for the ongoing dedication he had through the years teaching and reminding people of the importance of good dietary choices and exercise.

I’d love to hear from you about your inspiration for healthy diet and exercise.  What is your favorite workout?  What’s your favorite new healthy recipe?  Let’s share together and let the variety of responses give us all continued support and motivation to make lifelong healthy lifestyle choices.

Yours in Health,

Sunday, January 9, 2011

One More Day Left, Be Sure to Get Your Votes In.

Be sure to cast your votes for the online surveys before the surveys close.

Also, feel free to send in your health and wellness questions.  I'm looking at starting a Question and Answer section.  For anyone interested in guest writing, I'm also considering showcasing guest blog entries.  Feel free to send me a message at  Please include Q and A or Guest Writer in the subject line.

Let's get healthier in 2011.

Yours in health,

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

To Lose Or Not To Lose?

Did you know, for every pound you lose, that's four pounds less pressure on each knee?  Lose 10 pounds and that is 40 pounds less pressure on each knee.  Did you know, there are approximately 1 million knee replacement surgeries done world-wide each year?  Half of those surgeries are done in the US.  At the cost of approximately $33,000 each, that is equivalent to $16.5 billion USD.

Contact me about joining the Lean Team.  Losing weight is beneficial for all areas of your health including joint health.

Happy New Year

     Hello there and welcome to my Health and Wellness Blog.  I look forward to the new year as I embark on creating this blog to help other people.  In my 15 years experience as a health care practitioner, I have witnessed ill effects on patients' health from many different contributing factors.  Although we cannot prevent all disease and illness, our lifestyle is one of the contributing factors to illness that we have the most control over and potential to change.  From the early years in my career caring for post-op Open Heart Surgery patients, I have firmly believed in disease prevention and the importance of taking steps to modify lifestyle factors to promote wellness.

     In as many times as I've said prevention is key, I've always asked, but who's going to pay for prevention?  Well, we all are paying one way or another, now or later in sickness or in health.  The time, however, is now to get informed and take control of your health.  I look forward to helping you learn about health, wellness and disease prevention.  What things we should do to promote wellness?  What things are fads versus what truly has value for the long-term?  What things should we watch for to protect our health?  What puts us at risk for different diseases?  What things can we do to counteract our predisposition to diseases?  I look forward to answering these questions and more throughout the year.  So follow along.  Here's to promoting the best of our health and wellness.  Let's make 2011 our best year yet!