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As the holidays approach, many of us become increasingly aware of opportunities to donate household items, especially food, to those in need.
In support of FeedMichigan.org, U-M Frankel Cardiovascular Center employees and patients will find a convenient donation cart located at the 3rd floor Frankel CVC entrance. But before you make your donation, consider tips for healthy holiday donations from U-M Registered Dietitian Nutritionists Kathy Rhodes and Sarah Meyers. The two stress the importance of donating food items that will help recipients stay in good health.Continue reading →
November is American Diabetes Month, so in recognition, here are a few smartphone diabetes apps designed to help you track, analyze and manage your numbers.
Glucose Buddy by GlucoseBuddy.com
Features: This app helps manage diabetes by tracking glucose readings that are entered four times a day, along with food consumed, exercise and medication. There’s also an alarm that reminds you to take your glucose readings. You can even write notes to explain unusual circumstances, such as high-carbohydrate meals. Data can be uploaded to glucosebuddy.com for a more detailed analysis.
Operating System: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android
If you’ve been diagnosed with an enlarged aorta, you likely have many questions about your condition: How big is too big? When should I be worried? What does “watchful waiting” mean? Are there any early warning signs before it bursts?
Most of the answers to these questions depend on a variety of factors, including your age and body size, medical history and the position and size of your aorta, among others.
University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center patient Bob Stephens found he had all of these questions and more when diagnosed with a total of five aortic enlargements.
“It’s awfully scary, but you don’t have a choice,” Bob says. “When I was first told about my condition, it worried me, but I knew the U-M team of doctors was watching me closely, especially my abdominal aortic aneurysm, which was large.” Bob admits that “watchful waiting” can be stressful, but “I knew I had the right people taking care of me.”Continue reading →
Sharon Gillon might not be test-driving cars anymore, as she did during her career with Chrysler Corporation, but the 73-year-old is raring to go after having a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implanted in 2013. Sharon says the device has made a remarkable difference in her quality of life, which she now realizes began to decline nearly 15 years ago.
“I noticed some breathing issues in 2000 or possibly even before that, but I didn’t realize anything was wrong,” she says.
Sharon’s health continued to decline for the next few years when she was diagnosed with an arrhythmia, which led to a pacemaker, followed by a pacemaker/defibrillator.
This Halloween, scores of pumpkins will be transformed into festive Jack-o-lanterns. But did you know that pumpkin seeds can be eaten as a heart-healthy snack? Pumpkin seeds, also called pepitas, pack a powerful nutrient punch with heart-protecting benefits.
If a surgical procedure is in your future, your doctor may advise you not to lift anything that weighs 10 pounds or more during your recovery period. One reason is that the stress of lifting a heavy object could result in increased blood pressure, causing a surgical wound to break open and bleed.
So, what weighs 10 or more pounds? Here are just a few examples:
Following surgery, most doctors recommend patients refrain from lifting anything weighing 10 or more pounds.
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