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CV Risk: Myocardial Infarction
In layman’s terms…heart attack…still brings fear and denial in understanding what it is and how it can affect both men and women. Waiting rather than seeking treatment early in the time frame of opportunity can lead to experiencing sudden death or long-term complications. Encouraging education and active involvement in promoting heart health can help save a life. It can start with basic understanding of other names given for ‘heart attack’, like acute myocardial infarction, acute coronary syndrome, coronary thrombosis or coronary occlusion.
[Reference:CV Risk: Stroke & MI, Module C: Sites of MI, Page 14 ] www.athenaforum.com

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Common Treatment
Sixty percent of patients with RA have prescriptions for corticosteroids to aid in retarding the progression of the pathologic changes of the disease process. While this is highly controversial, with the known side effects of thinning skin, cataract formation, osteoporosis, hypertension and hyperlidemia, close scrutiny in monitoring patients helps to minimize them. Additionally, all patients using corticosteroids chronically should be supplemented with 1-1.5 g of calcium and 800 IU of vitamin D daily. Assure that your patients with RA are including this in their daily intake.
[Reference: RA, Module C: Pharmacologics: Corticosteroids, page 14 ]
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Caring 4 U
Complex CHOs

Food items like legumes, whole grains, colorful fruits, and vegetables are low in fat, free of cholesterol and high in complex carbohydrates. Fresh, crisp, and fulfilling, these foods work for your body’s benefit and maintenance of functions that depend on the vitamins, minerals, and other strong body-building components these food substances provide for you. Providing easy digestion and fuel for physical activities, carbohydrates and fiber (20-30 grams/day) will support a health diet.
Think Red!

National Wear Red Day – 6th
In the Headlines . . .
“The Heart Truth”
Do you know what red item you will be wearing this Friday – the National Wear Red Day? I have quite a few clothing items in my closet that are red as I have the Red Dress pins in my jewelry box. Showing support helps to bring about a heightened awareness that the Number One killer of women is still heart disease. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute have free resources to help warn women about this and to help spread the truth. Come join me and wear your red! Thank you.

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Connie Sunderhaus Connie Sunderhaus, RN-BC, CCM
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