Happy Birthday ~ The Johns Hopkins Hospital!

English: Portrait of Johns Hopkins

English: Portrait of Johns Hopkins (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Johns Hopkins is still managing my post-Cushing’s care.

I’m so glad that they’re still here to take such good care of all of us!

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Johns Hopkins Hospital (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On this day back in 1889, the Hospital first opened its doors, setting the standard for patient care, research and education for the next 124 years.

Thanks for being part of the journey with us.

 

 

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Photo on left: “[Johns Hopkins Hospital, front view of buildings and grounds with a horse-drawn cab on left.]” Photograph. 1889. From the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions: Buildings Photograph Collection. Item 47919. www.medicalarchives.jhmi.edu/

Photo on right: By Keith Weller.

Happy Birthday to The Johns Hopkins Hospital!

English: Portrait of Johns Hopkins

English: Portrait of Johns Hopkins (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Johns Hopkins is managing my post-Cushing’s care. I’m so glad that they’re still here to take such good care of all of us!

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Johns Hopkins Hospital (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On this day back in 1889, the Hospital first opened its doors, setting the standard for patient care, research and education for the next 124 years. Thanks for being part of the journey with us.

 

 

hopkins

 

 

Photo on left: “[Johns Hopkins Hospital, front view of buildings and grounds with horse-drawn cab on left.]” Photograph. 1889. From the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions: Buildings Photograph Collection. Item 47919. www.medicalarchives.jhmi.edu/

Photo on right: By Keith Weller.

Common Foods Loaded with Excess Sodium

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The Salty Six

 

 

Eating too many salty foods can create all sorts of health problems, including high blood pressure. But did you know a lot of common foods are packed with excess sodium? It’s not just the french fries and potato chips you need to be careful with.

That’s why the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is increasing awareness of sodium and the “Salty Six” – common foods that may be loaded with excess sodium that can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke.

Sodium overload is a major health problem in the United States. The average American consumes about 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day – more than twice the 1,500 milligrams recommended by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. That’s in large part because of our food supply; more than 75 percent of our sodium consumption comes from processed and restaurant foods.

heart-checkBe sure to keep in mind that different brands and restaurant preparation of the same foods may have different sodium levels. The American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark—whether in the grocery store or restaurant helps shoppers see through the clutter on grocery store shelves to find foods that help you build a heart-healthy diet.

Sodium doesn’t just affect your heart health, but your physical appearance as well. Excess sodium consumption may make your face feel puffy, give you bags under your eyes, increase swelling in your fingers and make your jeans look, and feel, tighter. In fact, from an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association consumer poll, 75 percent of respondents stated that their pants feeling too tight is their least favorite effect of bloating which may be associated with excess sodium consumption.

As you gear up for your next grocery store run or order from the menu, keep the Salty Six in mind. All you need to do to make a heart-healthy choice is to look for the Heart-Check mark. Another helpful tool is the Nutrition Facts label on the package and calorie labeling in restaurants, which together with the Heart-Check mark helps you make wise choices for the foods you and your family eat. Make the effort to choose products that contain less sodium. It’s worth it!

Here’s a quick look at the Salty Six, the top sources for sodium in today’s diet (download the infographic as a pdf)

Article from http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyDietGoals/Salty-Six_UCM_446090_Article.jsp

The Mixed Blessing of Heart Surgery

Three coronary artery bypass grafts, a LIMA to...

Three coronary artery bypass grafts, a LIMA to LAD and two saphenous vein grafts – one to the right coronary artery (RCA) system and one to the obtuse marginal (OM) system. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Angioplasty and heart bypass surgery are giants among medical procedures in America. They are performed more than a million times each year and together drive a $100-billion industry. But an article in the recent issue of Harvard Magazine explores a frightening truth: There’s no evidence that they improve life expectancy by even a single day. – See more at:

The mixed blessing of heart surgery.