Exeter school’s teachers put art, heart into Valentine’s Day fundraiser

Minions, a Legoman, a shark, puppy and even a gumball machine: Those were just a few of the Valentine’s Day boxes that teachers from Exeter’s Owatin Creek Elementary School dreamed up last month during a schoolwide faculty decorating contest.

Led by fourth-grade teacher Jayne McHugh, nearly 20 teachers crafted the boxes in an effort to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”I just came up with this idea of decorating Valentine’s boxes,” McHugh said. “And I just said to the teachers,

I just came up with this idea of decorating Valentine’s boxes,” McHugh said. “And I just said to the teachers, there’s only two criteria involved: to be creative and have fun. And they surely did.”


The Immediate Cardiovascular Risks After Heavy Alcohol Consumption – AHA


With the help of a computer model, scientists find that lowering the price of fruits and vegetables can bring down the risk of heart disease and stroke. “This is consistent with public health recommendations that advise consumption of no more than two drinks per day for men and no more than one drink per day for non-pregnant women”.

“Heavy alcohol consumption must always be avoided, not only for the risk of cardiovascular disease, but also because it causes acute injury to the liver and to the central nervous system”, Lippi said by email.

The study follows guidelines from Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, which contends that any level of regular alcohol consumption “carries a health risk”.

Immediately following alcohol intake, there are both harmful and protective physical responses. Bingers – women who drink more than 4 alcoholic beverages in 2 hours and men who drink more than 5 – were 72 percent more likely than others to have heart failure, said the researchers.

Previous research has described cardiovascular risks following moderate and heavy alcohol consumption, but the immediate risks have not been well documented.

In turn this is linked to a lower risk of a heart attack or stroke from bleeding on the brain.

For those who drink, the American Heart Association recommends moderation. Moderate drinkers on the other hand, may experience different effects after a few hours more than days or weeks later.

Within one to three hours, a single drink increases heart rate and disrupts the heart’s normal pacing, but by 24 hours, moderate alcohol intake improves flow-mediated vasodilation, endothelial function and fibrinolytic factors.

The team conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of 23 studies that included nearly 30,000 participants.

“Just after drinking, blood pressure rises and blood platelets become stickier, increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes”. Guzzle down six drinks or more, and you’ll increase your risk of heart attack and stroke by the same amount. This may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Six to nine drinks a day increased the risk as much as twofold, while 19 to 30 drinks a week increased the risk as much as six times, the research revealed.


Women and heart disease: Make steps to decrease risk

• Heart disease can affect the blood vessels. Many problems relate to atherosclerosis, known as plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries. The plaque in the arteries narrows the arteries, making it harder for the blood to flow through the arteries. When this happens, the plaque can burst, form a clot and stop blood flow to the heart. This causes a heart attack or if the vessel is in the brain — a stroke.

• Heart disease does not stop there. Heart failure describes the fact that the heart does not pump as well as it should to meet the needs of your body. The body does not receive enough oxygen, and the heart continues to work, but it cannot move blood and fluid through the body sufficiently.

• Heart disease can cause irregular, fast or slow heartbeats, known as arrhythmias.

Know the risk factors:

• High blood pressure, high bad cholesterol (LDL) and smoking are the main risk factors for heart disease

• Diabetes

• Overweight and obesity

• Poor diet

• Physical inactivity

• Alcohol excess (for women, more than 1 drink daily.

Symptoms may include:

• Heart attack: Chest pain or discomfort, upper back pain, indigestion, heartburn, nausea/vomiting, extreme fatigue, upper body discomfort and shortness of breath. Some women have no pain.

• Arrhythmia: Fluttering feelings in the chest (palpitations).

• Heart Failure: Shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling of the feet/ankles/legs/abdomen.

• Stroke: Sudden weakness, paralysis (inability to move) or numbness of the face/arms/legs, especially on one side of the body. Other symptoms may include confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech, difficulty seeing in one or both eyes, shortness of breath, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, loss of consciousness, or sudden and severe headache.


MI risks, symptoms different in women compared with men, per AHA


The risks, symptoms, and outcomes of acute myocardial infarction may be different in women than in men, especially among African American and Hispanic women, according to the first scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) on heart attacks in women published online ahead of print January 25 in Circulation.

Take-away points from the statement, published by a group chaired by Laxmi S. Mehta, MD, include:

  • The most common symptom of heart attack is chest pain or discomfort for both sexes, but women are more likely to have atypical symptoms, such as shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
  • High blood pressure is more strongly associated with heart attacks in women.
  • Young women with diabetes have a risk for heart disease that is higher by 4 to 5 times, compared with young men.
  • African American and Hispanic women have more heart-related risk factors, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, at the time of their heart attack, compared with non-Hispanic white women.
  • African American women have a higher incidence of heart attacks in all age categories, and young African American women have higher in-hospital death rates, compared with white women.
  • Women are undertreated, compared with men. Cardiac rehabilitation is prescribed less frequently for women and when prescribed, women are less likely to undertake the therapy. In addition, African American women are also less likely to be referred for important treatments such as cardiac catheterization, compared with white women
  • http://www.clinicaladvisor.com/cardiovascular-disease-information-center/mi-risks-symptoms-different-in-women-and-men/article/480336/

6 important tips women should know to avoid heart disease


According to the American Heart Association, more than one in three female adults has some form of cardiovascular disease. Risk factors can be hereditary, but other factors are related to your habits and lifestyle – things you can control and change to minimise your risk of developing heart disease.

Mayo Clinic Health System family medicine and women’s health physician Dr Ruth Tiffault explains steps you can take to help prevent heart disease.

• Stop smoking. If you smoke, you are two to six times more likely to suffer a heart attack than a non-smoking woman.

• Control your blood pressure. Have your blood pressure checked regularly, and if it’s too high, work with your healthcare provider to lower it and keep it under control.


Women learn heart attacks are an equal-opportunity threat


Tara Silvey should have recognized the signs. But despite her emergency first-aid training, she didn’t think “heart attack” as she was having one.

“It was definitely a surprise,” said Silvey, 48, who works as a program resource manager at Monroe Correctional Complex. “I had no lead-up whatsoever, no indicators, no risk factors. And I had never missed a day of work.”

But Oct. 30, she started feeling out of sorts. “I was sitting at my desk and I just felt weird. I told the woman I work with ‘I may not make it very long,’” she recalled.

Silvey decided to check with the prison’s nursing staff. They found her blood pressure to be abnormally high. A few minutes later back in her office, she began to feel dizzy. Silvey remembers constantly rubbing her collarbone, complaining it felt like gas got caught up under her rib cage.

“That’s all classic signs of a heart attack for a woman,” Silvey said. “And I’m cardiac-certified in CPR. You would think I, myself, would have realized what was going on.”

But like many women experiencing cardiac arrest, commonly known as a heart attack, the mother of five didn’t suspect her heart’s vital network of arteries could be out of whack.
Her hectic life was buzzing full speed as usual. And she had no risk factors associated with heart disease: smoking, obesity, family history, diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.