Posted: Jul 6, 2011 8:01 AM
From South Texas Comprehensive Cancer Centers
By Lalitha M. Janaki, M.D.
CORPUS CHRISTI - Heart Disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States and the world. About 50 million people in the United States suffer from cardiovascular disease, at any given time.
Prevention is better than a cure; we hear this over and over, but it needs periodic reemphasis.
The health fairs in different parts of the city are a definite indication of the community's effort toward early diagnosis. Within the next two weeks, there will be two health fairs in the surrounding communities, one in the Annaville area and the other in Aransas Pass.
The fact is that the younger generation, such as the SIESTA SMILE group, is coordinating projects, which demonstrate an understanding of the need to start healthy habits at a younger age, is fascinating.
The way we remind ourselves about this pump (which is really a hollow organ) in our daily lives is amazing. Heartfelt thanks, hearty congratulations sounds good. How about heart to heart talk, from the bottom of my heart, lose heart to, break someone's heart, by heart, take to heart, have heart, cross one's heart, at heart, one's heart content, on and on. You don't want to call anybody heartless.
Could someone please explain what a heart attack is? Who attacks whom?
My favorite one is hearty laugh. I always believed in the saying, "Laughter is the Best Medicine" as opposed to some critics who feel differently. The latest study on laughter shows it is a very cost effective treatment.
How about this!! Fifteen minutes of hearty laughter is equivalent to thirty minutes of aerobics. If you think people may think you are crazy for laughing alone, share the fun with a friend who enjoys laughing with you and get two for one.
It is not a bad idea to watch Dumb and Dumber daily for fifteen minutes or even an episode of the Three Stooges. Smiling and laughter have so much in common, cost wise and health wise.
A smile is the most inexpensive makeup.
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