Embrace of aging examines male perspective of getting old

Tune in Sundays as the documentary looks at heart disease, diabetes, weight, relationships and man caves

Embrace_Men (2)The process of growing old. We all face it — if we’re lucky. We all fear it. Some do it gracefully, and some are not so lucky. What’s the secret to aging and doing it well? Is it genetics, attitude, environment, diet, love, or an active lifestyle – perhaps all of these?

Dr. Kim Eagle joins the conversation as the PBS TV series “The Embrace of Aging” follows the personal stories of men at various ages and stages of their lives. “You cannot beat it. You have to just do it,” Eagle says in the series that examines heart disease, prostate cancer, weight gain, relationships, exercise and man caves.

Eagle cared for coaching legend Bo Schembechler during his battle with heart disease, a disease progression that Eagle says “played out … like a football game.”  

The film promises to be an in-depth documentary that will traverse the world to discover how men from diverse environments and of different cultures face the inevitable. How do they embrace aging? Continue reading

Heart transplant and LVAD patients celebrate with annual picnic

Patients can meet doctors, care teams who helped them survive heart failure

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This year’s picnic will include sandwich fixings from Whole Foods.

The Heart Transplant and LVAD Patient, Family & Staff Picnic began 18 years ago as a project for my graduate internship. At that time we had only a handful of participants.

Flash forward to today, and the event is still happening — stronger than ever! At this year’s 18th Annual Picnic, scheduled for August 10, we expect more than 100 to attend, including pre- and post-heart transplant patients, LVAD (left ventricular assist device) patients and their families, as well as staff and faculty.

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Varicose veins? Exercise can help

Don't miss the Livonia Vein Center booth at Schoolcraft College April 23d

man-swimmingFor patients with vein issues, “Immobility is your enemy,” says Dr. Emily Cummings of the University of Michigan Livonia Vein Center. She recommends low-impact exercise for good vein health. Walking, swimming and biking are examples of low-impact activities that activate the calf muscle, which works like a pump to squeeze the veins and drive blood out of the leg. Dr. Cummings says runners often have fewer symptoms from their varicose veins, likely due to their calf muscle use.

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Here’s to your vein health

March is DVT Awareness Month

Back of bare legsDr. Lisa Pavone is a strong supporter of vein disease awareness. “Venous health issues are prevalent,” she says, noting that as many as 50 percent of individuals over the age of 50 have some sort of vein health issue, which could include:

  • Deep or superficial vein thrombosis (blood clots)
  • Phlebitis
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Varicose and spider veins
  • Venous ulcers

What are the risks of untreated vein disease? If the valves inside your leg veins are damaged as a result of vein disease, the valves may not close completely, allowing blood to leak backward or flow in both directions, affecting leg health.

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