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My Daughter is Back on the Lacrosse Team

I am convinced that checking out various chiropractors in San Jose paid off in spades for my daughter. She suffered a tendon injury while playing on her lacrosse team at school, and that caused a lot of problems. She’s an outstanding player, so much so that she’s actually been offered a scholarship at a prestigious university to play while she attends class. Getting a scholarship in this sport is no mean feat because so few are offered. It’s almost impossible to get one, so obviously we’re very proud of her and also very concerned about this tendon injury.

Since our regular doctor couldn’t seem to find a solution to her injury, we turned to chiropractors. My husband and I spent a lot of time doing our research online as well as talking to people we know who have gone in to see a chiropractor for various ailments.

My Basketball Day Are Not over Just Yet

I thought my days of playing a pick up game of ball were over. I had suffered several sports injuries through the years, and just getting older meant that all of them hurt even more with each passing year. When I saw an old friend playing basketball with a group of neighborhood kids, I thought he must be in incredible shape. He told me later that it is just because he has a really good San Jose chiropractor who helps him when he is feeling the typical aches and pains that we all feel at our age.

That got me to thinking, and I decided to look further into it on my own too. I asked him if he would mind sharing his doctor’s contact information, and he gladly gave it to me.

I Have Been Busy All Day

It was a really long day for me I started out going to visit some Sacramento chiropractors that the doctor recommended to me. He had shown me the x rays and told me that some of the vertebra in my lower back are not in the right place. Of course there is not too much a doctor can do about that without cutting you open, which is not something that you want to do if you have any choice in the matter. There is not a good reason why you want to risk that, there are just a lot of really bad things that can happen when you have surgery and you never have it if you have a choice in the matter.

Diet for High Cholesterol

Ingredients List: If you buy any packaged and/or processed foods you need to read the nutrition label and the ingredients list. In those two charts are the clues about whether or not the food is safe to eat.

The nutrition label will tell you how much cholesterol is in the product, but it really isn’t the most important number. The amount of saturated fat is the most important. Some packaged foods are low in cholesterol but the fats will still clog the arteries.

The ingredients tell you where the fats come from. Phrases like “trans fat” and “hydrogenated vegetable oil” are signs that you don’t want to eat that product.

Recipes: There are sites all over the internet that give recipes for any condition known to mankind. If you are new to cooking these will be very helpful in getting you started, but you should choose with care. If it looks like something you wouldn’t like, don’t make it. That’s the fastest way to skip a heart healthy diet. I know

Ideal Cholesterol Ratio

The ideal cholesterol ratio is about 3.5:1. So AHA recommends that we should keep our cholesterol ratio at or below 5:1. You can talk to your doctor about the best numbers for you.

If you know your cholesterol numbers or levels, you can work with your doctor to find your ideal cholesterol ratio. You can work together to identify the proper treatments for you. Like making simple lifestyle changes on what you eat, how often you need to exercise or even taking cholesterol supplements or medicines like statins, if necessary, so you can reach your ideal ratio.

Lowering your LDL and increasing the level of your HDL, reduces your risk of having cardiovascular disease. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is the good cholesterol. HDL benefits lies in the fact that it carries LDL (Bad) Cholesterol back to the liver which cleanses cholesterol from the bloodstream.

Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) is the bad cholesterol. The higher LDL, the greater the risks of heart attack. The excess cholesterol can build up and stick to the walls of your arteries when level of LDL is high. This causes plaque; plaque formation

Atherosclerosis Facts

Atherosclerosis refers to the medical condition also known as hardening of the arteries. Arteries are important to supply blood to all parts of the body and ensure all bodily activities are carried out normally. The arteries basically become lined with plaque. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances that are blood constituents. They slowly start lining the inside walls of the arteries. This blockage doesn’t happen overnight. It is a very slow and gradual process, which can even start in childhood. It’s important for all of us to pay attention since the condition may go unnoticed until it’s severe enough to cause problems with bodily functions. Any artery of the human body, be it in the brain, heart, kidney or arms can be affected by it. So it becomes of vital importance to take necessary precautions. Soft plaque tends to get detached at times by blood flow and can cause blockage elsewhere if it gets stuck. This is a major cause of concern as it could lead to strokes and even death in

Grateful to My Petaluma Chiropractor That Helped Me Resolve My Back Pain

My back used to give me so much trouble. I almost lost my job due to missing so many days of work because I could not move without severe pain. I have gone into work and forced myself to get through the days while in horrible pain. It was tough to stay cheerful, and I lived on ibuprofen and acetaminophen. I credit my Petaluma chiropractor with helping me put all that behind me. The office is on our holiday greeting card list, and I always bring them a sweet treat from the bakery when I go in for a routine adjustment.

You remember people who really help you. My back is not hurting like it used to.

Ways to Protect Heart

Omega-3 fatty acids, which cannot be produced naturally by the body, are found in fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, herring and anchovies. The fatty acids are important to protect the heart, prevent arthritis and control diabetes. The oil increases the level of nitric oxide which has a direct impact on the muscle cells that control blood vessels, and block the body’s response to inflammation. Research carried out by University of Reading in the UK finds that omega-3 is as potent as prescribed drugs taken by diabetics. So, three benefits for the price of one.

These types of fish, along with cod, sole and haddock which contain lower levels of omega-3, have other benefits in that they are lower in calories than other foods sources such as meats, have little saturated fat and little salt. They are also packed with a range of the essential vitamins and minerals that our body needs. So they offer general all round health benefits.

Why is it that over 60% of adults never eat oily fish? It surely cannot be caused by the word “oily”, since in comparison with the much consumed burger, with high saturated fat levels, fish

Women Over 50 in Risk for Heart Attack

Most women experience one or more of the following symptoms at least a month before a heart attack: Unusual fatigue, muscle weakness, indigestion problems, anxiety, cold sweats, unable to breath properly, sleep disturbances, heart racing or palpitations, nausea, dizziness and a hot flushes. If you experience any of these symptoms, speak with a doctor soon. It may be nothing or it could be a sign your heart is not healthy and is under a lot of strain.

Menopause Can Increase Your Risk: Estrogen helps protect the heart as it balances out the cholesterol levels. After menopause women’s levels of good cholesterol drop and bad cholesterol increases. Women also experience elevated triglycerides levels which increases the risk of heart disease significantly. Once a woman reaches the age of sixty five, the risk of death from a heart attack will be much higher.

Diabetes Is A Contributing Factor: Diabetes combined with obesity, high cholesterol and hypertension can significantly increase the risk of heart attack in women over fifty. Diabetes doubles the risk of a women suffering from more than one heart attack during her lifetime.

Metabolic Syndrome: Research from Harvard Medical School suggests that women who have

Some Dangers of Salt

Blood pressure

Blood pressure measures the force that blood pushes and moves against blood vessels. This is important so that the body has a sufficient supply of oxygen and energy needed for life. For this to be effective the blood pressure has to be as normal as possible. Eating too much salt causes a raise in blood pressure, because the excess salt causes a strain to the arteries trying to pump the blood through the arteries to the major organs. This constant strain on the arteries can lead to them becoming busted, or becoming clogged up. This can eventually lead to the organs becoming damaged, which could be fatal for the body.


The kidneys are a major organ in our bodies flushing out unwanted fluid through urine, when we go to the toilet. This process is done by extracting the fluid from our blood. Eating excess salt causes the amount of salt to stay in the blood stream. This can make life difficult for the kidneys to remove the salt from the blood stream. This can cause a strain on the kidneys, causing the body to retain the extra fluid. This can eventually lead

Treatment of High Cholesterol

The treatment of lipid profile is similar to other chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, and should be followed for life. It is very important that changes in dietary habits are maintained regularly. Medications, when prescribed, must be taken indefinitely for them to produce the final benefit is the reduction in the risk of onset of manifestations of atherosclerosis.

Useful Tips to control levels of blood lipids in the day-to-day:

  • Use skim milk and yogurt or “light”
  • Give preference to low-fat cheeses (fresh, ricotta, cottage) and margarines
  • Prepare foods using vegetable oils: soybean, corn, canola, sunflower and olive oil
  • Beware of fried foods, especially those made with lard and butter
  • Vary the meat, beef interspersed with birds and fish
  • Remove visible fat from meat and skin from poultry before cooking if possible
  • Avoid preparations containing: cream, whipped cream, mayonnaise, chocolate, hydrogenated fat, condensed milk
  • Eat egg yolks and preparations with moderately
  • For seasoning salads use olive oil, vinegar and lemon
  • The masses must be accompanied by red sauces or vegetables
  • Use the oven or microwave to prepare breaded Milanese and
  • Give preference to snacks to baked than fried
  • And cold meats (sausage and sausage) of birds can be consumed
  • Canned fruit, popsicles, gelatin, jams, are exempt from fats

Widowmaker Heart Attack

Starting from the moment that the widowmaker heart attack first hits you, the time one can survive can go anywhere from just some minutes to several hours depending on the severity of the condition. The symptoms will start to appear and become unbearable really fast allow for you to know that something is wrong and that you need immediate emergency medical attention.

These symptoms are the same that you would be able to find in a case of regular cardiac arrest (the symptoms are due to the lack of the blood flow, not because of anything more specific than than) and will include nausea, jaw pain, tightness in chest, very irregular heart beat (the heart will try to pump the blood as it should even in these conditions), pain in the heart and others. You can read some more about the symptoms in the Heart Attack Symptoms article we have up. However, unlike the regular attack (from other conditions), this time it’s a lot easier to determine that it’s a widowmaker heart attack due to the progress of the symptoms. Even if at first it could seem like food poisoning or flu, the symptoms will rapidly intensify

Managing Hypertension

Dietary Restrictions

1) Low sodium intake: The main source of sodium in Western diets is processed food, for instance, excessive quantities of salt are contained in packaged food and in food eaten outside the home. The DASH trial evaluated the effects of varying sodium intake in addition to the DASH diet and found that lowering sodium intake reduces blood pressure levels. Mean sodium intake is approximately 4,100 mg per day for men and 2,750 mg per day for women, 75% of which comes from processed foods.

Recommended Daily Sodium Intake Dietary sodium should be reduced to no more than 100 mmol per day (2.4 g of sodium).

2) Alcohol: Alcohol intake should be limited to no more than 1 oz (30 mL) of ethanol, the equivalent of two drinks per day for most men and no more than 0.5 oz of ethanol (one drink) per day for women and lighter-weight persons. A single drink is equivalent to 12 oz of beer, 5 oz of wine, or 1.5 oz of 80-proof liquor.

3) Caffeine: Caffeine may result in high blood pressure; however, this effect is usually temporary. Moderate intake of caffeine per day does not significantly increase blood pressure.

Information of Angiogram

It didn’t go away. In fact, it got worse. It got so he had to pause on his way up the stairs to catch his breath. He also had to pause more than once just to get from his car to his office. It was time to see the doctor.

The doctor couldn’t find anything wrong, but just to be safe he was referred to a cardiologist. The cardiologist didn’t see anything, either. To be safe he was instructed to have an angiogram.

Apparently this did not scare him. It scared the rest of the family, especially those with enough medical knowledge to know exactly what was to be done. He just wanted to get it over with, especially since everyone was walking on eggshells… eggshells he didn’t think were necessary.

The family was right to be afraid. Three arteries were blocked almost completely. 76, 93 and 98%. The pain came from the one artery doing all the work for the other three. He had angioplasty and three stents inserted into his coronary arteries.

A lot of changes happened after this. What the entire family ate changed. Exercise during the week days started. Ways

Robotic Heart Surgery

Today, robotically assisted heart surgery has changed the way certain heart surgeries are being performed.

Robotic heart surgery, also called closed-chest heart surgery, is a type of minimally invasive heart surgery that allows cardiac surgeons to perform complex heart operations through a smaller opening. The surgery also helps decrease surgical stress and minimizes blood loss, as well as offers patients a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.

In this technically advanced heart surgery, the cardiac surgeons use a specially designed surgical robotic system which consists three parts- a console, robotic arms and an instrument tower containing tiny camera.

While performing the surgery, the surgeon sits at the computer console to remotely control thin robotic arms outfitted with surgical equipment and a tiny camera (endoscope) through which the surgeons view a three-dimensional image of the area being operated on.

The robotic arms mimic the surgeon’s hand, wrists, and finger movements as the surgeon controls them remotely from the system console.

The da Vinci machine, built by Intuitive Surgical Inc., and the Zeus Surgical System, by Computer Motion, California, USA, are the two surgical robotic systems that are currently used in place of hand-operating instruments.

Heart Bypass Recovery

1 – The need for bed rest and minimization of stress. This period may take anywhere from a week to four weeks depending on the health of the patient before the surgery and how the surgery goes. The loss of blood from the procedure will mean that the body is anemic and this will cause the patient to tire easily during the initial days of bypass recovery period, so bed rest is compulsory and important.

2 – Infection prevention. Heart bypass is a major procedure requiring a number of incisions and stitches. The risk of infection is very real and proper wound care is absolutely essential to ensure complete recovery. For this, the services of a private nurse may be necessary to ensure that the wound is regularly cleaned, the gauge regularly replaced, and the medication regularly administered to promote healing in the shortest possible time.

3 – Heart health. The heart of the patient should not be subjected to any extra physical work early on in the heart bypass surgery recovery period. The heart will not be strong enough to handle the increased flow of blood and the increased heart rate during this period. Thus,

All about Bradycardia

If a person experiences any of the above symptoms, he or she should seek medical advice as soon as possible, since bradycardia can cause the following complications:

• Stokes-Adams attacks – periodic loss of consciousness. Such faints are followed by general muscle spasms, the pulse becomes too slow or undetectable, skin cover becomes very pale and breathing – deep;
• Sudden cardiac arrest;
• Arterial hypertension or unstable blood pressure;
• Coronary heart disease, effort or rest (unstable) angina pectoris;
• Development of chronic circulatory failure.

Pathological bradycardia can be the symptom of the following:
• Hypothyroidism – reduced production of thyroid hormones;
• Cardiovascular disorders like myocardial infarction, endocarditis or myocarditis;
• Acute intoxication (lead, pesticides, nicotine, narcotic substances);
• Traumatic brain injury, increased intracranial pressure;
• Infections such as typhoid, viral hepatitis, sepsis;
• Side effect of certain medications, for example, beta-blockers, cardiac glycosides, etc.

However, regardless of the cause of bradycardia, disturbed function of the sinus node (it means it cannot synthesize electrical impulses with the rate over 60 bpm) or inadequate spread of the impulses through the conduction pathways lie at the heart of this condition.

Preventive measures of bradycardia

Hidden Dangers of Alcohol

Alcohol does a number on the liver, but do you know why? A healthy liver can process about 1 oz of alcohol per hour. The rest of the alcohol goes through your system and is ‘stored’ in other parts until the liver can metabolize it. This storage can cause serious problems, such as muscle pain, arthritis pain, heart failure and brain injury.

The liver is a very important organ and while it is consumed with the processing of the alcohol, it cannot do what it is supposed to. One of the chief concerns is that medications are not processed in due time. Any back up of medication in the system can cause the medication to be more effective. So, if you are taking a medication to reduce your heart rate, taking alcohol with it can cause your heart to slow further. Plus, with alcohol being a depressant, the medications can turn fatal quickly.

The toxic by-products and additives are also not processed while the liver is consumed with alcohol. These toxic additives, like preservatives, colorings and artificial sugars, then are stored in fat tissue. Because our body knows it will poison itself if that fat tissue

Clogged Arteries

Arteries Clogging– As mentioned when the arteries are healthy their walls are very smooth which allows blood to flow freely and without any problems. The problem starts when materials inside the body become lodged on the interior walls of the arteries causing them to block the passageway of the blood circulating throughout the body. The material blocking the arteries is called plaque and it can slow down the passage of blood or in some cases block it altogether.

What causes Arterial Plaque– What causes the build-up of materials inside the arteries that can block the passage of blood? Plaque is actually made up of different kinds of materials that can be found inside the circulating in the blood. These materials include fibrin, fat, cholesterol, calcium and waste materials that have been removed from cells.

Arterial plaque build-up can be made worse by the fact that the cells on your arterial wall will react to the build-up by secreting additional substances that can add to the build-up and hasten the blocking of the passage of blood. As the blockage of the arteries worsens a condition called atherosclerosis is developed where the arteries narrows down and deteriorate. This

Electric Hypersensitivty

Concurrent with this situation I developed a condition called AFIB, atrial fibrillation. In effect my heart would lose it’s rhythm and race, slow down, add extra beats and I would always know when this was happening as I’d get a feeling in my chest. AFIB can be a serious condition because if the condition persists for prolonged periods of time blood clots can form and cause a stroke. While living in Toronto until 2003 my condition was closely monitored by an excellent cardiologist from Sunnybrook Medical Centre. There were several emergency trips to the hospital, usually around 5:00am in the morning when my afib attacks always seemed to occur… but I was always lucky as my heart always seemed to have the ability to regain sinus rhythm without the need for medical intervention.

In 2003 We moved to Waterloo Ontario and I found what I thought was a good cardiologist as he came from the Ottawa Heart Institute. One of the first things he did was to put me on an antiarrhythmic drug called Amiodarone. I took this drug for four years and while I still had occasional afib attacks they were less frequent.

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