Sweet Heart – Affairs of the Heart

 

heart health

What, actually, is the definition of “heart”? Technically, it is a hollow muscular organ of vertebrate animals, that by its rhythmic contraction acts as a forceful pump maintaining the circulation of the blood. But get out a dictionary and it’s defined as a lot more:

  • The graphic symbol doodled and represented from the time we’re old enough to get crayons in our hands
  • A suit of playing cards that can get people in trouble if they bet on them showing up in a five-card flush
  • A personality, as in such a cold heart
  • A generous disposition, such as a person with heart
  • Our innermost character or feelings… a man after my own heart
  • Grabbing your chest as in be still my heart
  • This being Valentines, let’s not forget love and affection, such as won her heart

It’s even an idiom wonder:

Cross my heart. Whole hearted. Sick at heart. Have a heart. Have your heart set on. Even artichoke hearts.  Get the idea?

But let’s get to the heart we should be most concerned with.

Your Most Significant Other

Our hearts are what pump life into us. But they can also take it away. The fact is, heart disease is now our No. 1 killer with more women dying of it than men. Enough said.

Jeez, the Jargon

More than a muscle, the heart is a puzzle, a complex whirling bedlam of interconnected parts that all depend on each other. It’s hard, or nearly impossible for us to understand everything that’s involved. Its physiology alone, can sound like scary gibberish:

  • Ventricles
  • Pericardium
  • Myocardium
  • Endocardium
  • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD)
  • Angioplasty
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Pericarditis
  • Saphenous vein
  • Tachycardia
  • Mitral stenosis
  • Superior and inferior venae cavae
  • Sinoatrial node

And you thought antidisestablishmentarianism was a tough one.

The Tic, Tic, Tic of Your Ticker

There are some things about your heart that can be explained in plain English. They’re actually pretty informative and even fascinating.

  • A human heart is roughly the size of a large fist
  • Your heart pumps 60-80 times a minute, 100,000 times a day and 3 billion times over the course of a lifetime
  • The heart weighs between 10 to 12 ounces in men and 8 to 10 ounces in women
  • The heart pumps blood to almost all of the body’s 75 trillion cells. Only the corneas receive no blood supply
  • A kitchen faucet would need to be turned on all the way for at least 45 years to equal the amount of blood pumped by the heart in an average lifetime
  • Because the heart has its own electrical impulse, it can continue to beat even when separated from the body, as long as it has an adequate supply of oxygen
  • Every day, the heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles. In a lifetime, that is equivalent to driving to the moon and back
  • Some heavy snorers may have a condition called obtrusive sleep apnea (OSA), which can negatively affect the heart
  • Christiaan Barnard (November 1922 – September 2001), was a South African cardiac surgeon who performed the world’s first successful human-to-human heart transplant
  • French physician Rene Laennec (1781-1826) invented the stethoscope when he felt it was inappropriate to place his ear on his large-buxom female patients’ chests in order to listen to their hearts. We couldn’t resist adding this one.

Heart and Soul

What’s to love about feeling out of whack all over? Anxiety. Fatigue. Sleep problems.

What’s going on? Usually you attribute these things to something else, when in fact, it could be that your hormones are out of balance. Which can make your whole life feel out of balance. Hormones can become unbalanced anytime throughout your life regardless of age or sex. But here’s something you’ll love; at Denver Hormone Health, Dr. Stephan A. Goldstein can get you going full speed again. With his unparalleled experience and expertise in the field of Hormone Replacement, he knows just what to do. Simple tests will tell him what’s really going on, and from there, he creates a treatment tailored exactly to resolve your problems. Give yourself the valentine of feeling your best and call for an appointment now.

One visit and you’ll know his heart’s in the right place.

I resolve… to get the exercise and follow the diet plan I plan to every year.

FEEL LIKE YOUR EXPIRATION DATE HAS EXPIRED?

If you don’t fuel your body correctly, your engine just continues to run down. You’re about as enticing as curdled milk, as productive as products marked “use before 2014”, or as useful as coupons on products that haven’t been stocked for ages. But we really don’t have to tell you all this. You feel it. Day in and day out. Let’s be honest here. Diet and exercise? Resolutions from time eternal. You know all this stuff, it’s all over the place. But, we’ll go through it all again. And maybe this time it will really sink in.

BAD EATING, EATING YOU UP?

Fill up on some of these surprising food facts:

More than half of Americans say they give a lot of thought to the healthfulness of foods and beverages they consume. But much of what we read and hear about nutrition — from the virtues of fruit juice to the hazards of fat, can steer us to make choices that are less healthful than we think:

-Imported produce from the supermarket can have higher nutrient levels than local produce from a farmers’ market.

-Blueberries shipped long distances could actually be slightly more nutritious than those right off the bush.

-Foods labeled “no trans-fat” may legally contain some.

Decaffeinated coffee is not caffeine-free.

Canned white tuna has about three times more mercury than chunk light. Canned salmon has less mercury than both types of tuna.

Fruit juice can have more calories and sugar than soda.

Not all fiber is created equal.

-Multigrain” products aren’t necessarily whole grain.

Who knew?

GOBBLE UP THESE GOODIES

There are endless ways healthy eating can affect how you feel. (Great, fabulous, young, sexy…)

Following a healthy food plan can:

  • Make you happier
  • Protect your bones
  • Rev up your fertility
  • Conquer cramps
  • Give you an iron-clad immune system
  • Fix your DNA
  • Boost your workout
  • Chill you out
  • Clear up your skin
  • Prevent insomnia
  • Soothe sore muscles
  • Fill you with energy

Spinach anyone? Nuts? Berries? Fill up your fridge with healthy choices and you’re choosing to live and feel better. To-the-moon-and-back better.

So, sorry… if Ben and Jerry’s comes up with a hundred new flavors, you are not contracted to try them all. Yes, dark chocolate is good. But not when it is covering cashews, caramel corn or even pretzels. Just because you pay an outrageous price for a 24-oz. steak, doesn’t mean you have to make “all gone.” You don’t get a tiara for becoming the Junk Food Queen. Hot dogs and beer aren’t married to ballgames.

The moral of the food story? Try using your head as much as your stomach.

TAKE A LUNGE AT THIS

Exercise. Eew…you cringe when you even think about this half of the health equation.

But it’s really simple folks.

Simple.

MOVE MORE.

And not from the sofa to the fridge and back ad infinitum.

For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends these exercise guidelines:

-Get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of both. Spread it out in small amount if you need to. Just sweat.

-Do strength training exercises for all major muscle groups at least two times a week. Work those muscles.

-Stretch, before and after. Helps keep you flexible and avoid hurting yourself. And boy, it feels insanely good.

Everyone can work exercise into their routine. Disabled? There are chair workouts. And the wheelchair bound are entering marathons the world over. You don’t need fancy moves to make exercise work for you. You don’t need to be a killing machine to kill it. You just have to start. And start gradually. The first thing you have to leap are the mental and emotional barriers that might be plaguing you.  Well, get over it, and get going.  Fact is, doing absolutely squat will do nothing for your health.

I RESOLVE TO SEE THE BIG PICTURE

Yes, not eating right can take a big bite out of your life

Yes, not exercising can make you sweat about your health.

But yes, there is something else that can put a halt to feeling your best. Your hormones. There are some 50 different hormones in your body, sending messages to your cells and organs. But sometimes they don’t do their jobs. And when they don’t work, everything else won’t work.

But there’s an amazing way to get a handle on their sometime crazy sprees. Make an appointment with Dr. Stephen A. Goldstein, M.D., F.A.C.S at Denver Hormone Health. He has years of experience and advanced education in turning things around when it comes to balancing your hormones. With simple tests, he can determine which hormones are doing what and create an individualized treatment therapy for you. Don’t let hormones have their way with you.

Make an appointment to come in now.

Restraint is the last thing you should exercise.

I resolve to…buck up and try again.

resolution

FEAR OF JANUARY

No, no, no…it can’t be…the year’s gone by so fast. That’s what they all say. But surprise, January follows December with its gobs of gluttony and inactivity (other than raising your fork rapidly and repeatedly.) You’re flattened by fruitcake; you’ve led the March of the Marshmallows…What happened to last year’s resolutions? Opps, slipped away we guess. Once again you’ve shown no more moral stamina than a noodle. But no beating yourself up here. Not a good way to start the year. It might help to know that you’re in the majority. 24% of people who make New Year’s Resolutions crumble in the first week. 78% fail to stick to them at all. And here’s something to consider; 48% of men don’t ever bother to make any resolutions. 39% of women don’t. Guess they know themselves pretty well. But let’s talk about you. You want to make some changes. You plan to make a list of resolutions for 2017.

Before you start, however, consider some of these words of wisdom:

One very wise man said; “A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”

Mark Twain said; “New Year’s Day is the accepted time to make your annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”

According to Oscar Wilde, “Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.”

Hmmm, pulverizing New Year’s resolutions doesn’t seem to be a new phenomenon.

HEALTHY HABITS GONE AWOL

You know exactly when and where you fell off the health wagon. First, you probably made last year’s list longer than War and Peace. Totally unattainable. (What were you thinking?)  Then you went through your yearly mantra:

I will make healthy resolutions.

I have the will.

I think I will.

I hope I will.

Will this year really be different than any other year?

If I don’t stick to my resolutions, I will definitely be pissed, frustrated and disappointed in myself.

Stop.

As we said, the place to start isn’t with debilitating negativity.

To help, we’re going to give you just three (3!) resolutions to try to stick to. Three, not so difficult, huh?

  1. Stress
  2. Diet and Exercise (c’mon, you knew this had to be one of them)
  3. Being good to yourself.

That’s it.

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE RIDICULOUSLY HYSTERICAL

According to ABC News, America’s top 2016 New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Enjoy life to the fullest (45.7%)
  • Live a healthier lifestyle (41.1%)
  • Lose weight (39.6%)
  • Spend more time with family and friends (33.2%)
  • Save more, spend less (30.1%)
  • Pay down debt (27.5%)

Last year’s most commonly broken promises were:

  • Lose weight and get fit
  • Quit smoking
  • Learn something new
  • Eat healthier and diet
  • Get out of debt and save money
  • Spend more time with family
  • Travel to new places
  • Be less stressed
  • Volunteer
  • Drink less

Just too too much to start out with, which means too too many ways to fail.

Which is why we’re cutting down your resolution list to three.

And for a little bit of levity on the topic, thought we’d share some of these resolutions with you just to enforce your own choices.

This year, I will:

  • Stop Instagraming photos of food no one else gets to eat
  • Prepare for the future by worrying about it
  • Use more deodorant and wash less to save water
  • Shop for clothes 3 sizes too small intending to get into them
  • Get help for my device addiction
  • Bench-press 100 lbs. and lie that it was much, much more
  • Encourage my kids eat whatever they want
  • Avoid gin smoothies before work
  • Let the lawn go wild
  • Apply to Survivor
  • Apply to The Bachelor (or Bachelorette)

I RESOLVE TO DO THINGS I MIGHT ACTUALLY DO

So, you don’t feel your best. But it’s important to know that there are many things you could blame it on other than your unmet and ignored resolutions from last year. Consider this; a lot of what you’re feeling could be due to unbalanced hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers freestyling it through your blood steam at will. Messing up how you feel, at will.  That’s why you should make it a must-do to see Dr. Stephen A. Goldstein, M.D., F.A.C.S at Denver Hormone Health. Dr. Goldstein is a leader in the field of hormone therapy. With a caring consultation and simple tests, he can determine exactly what’s out of whack and tailor a treatment uniquely for your needs.

Want to start this year out right?

Call for an appointment to find out how Dr. Goldstein can help.

And get your ommmmms on.