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220 Minus Your Age

As an adult the highest your pulse rate should go up is figured at 220 minus your age.

This fact (?) was just stated on last week’s episode of Bones that I’m just now watching – thank you DVR.

I enjoy watching Bones…not the blood and gore part, but there’s something fascinating to me about how they figure out who committed the murder.

Must be a flashback to my days of watching Murder, She Wrote with my Dad.  Which explains why I still love watching that show.

Angela Lansbury is my hero.  She lived this wonderful life teaching, and then reinvented herself after her husband passed away and Walaa! a mystery writer was born.  Of course, somewhere along the line murders started showing up in her life…weekly it seems if we go by the show’s schedule.  I always thought to myself…”Who on earth would want to be this woman’s friend – someone is always dying around her!”

Alas, I digress…

The line in Bones reminded me of the fact that the “Go Red for Women” campaign is promoting heart health this month.

We just had a Sweetheart Sale yesterday at our store (Secret Sisters Boutique) with sales on red and pink clothing and a portion of the proceeds going to the campaign.  We also highlighted in our monthly newsletter some of the heart facts from the AHA.  (check out the blog at (- yes shameless plug).  We care about our customers…in fact we love them!  Thus we want to be sure everyone stays healthy…

I feel the same way about my readers!  This information is so important that I wanted to pass it on to you too.

You see, my Mom had heart disease and so did my Dad.  I have my cholesterol checked yearly, and yes I watch all the risk factors.

Now, how is your heart?

Please, PLEASE take the time to read the following information, I promise it will only take you a few minutes.

Women’s heart disease shows up differently than it does in men.

Read, study and remember the warning signs of heart attack and stroke.  It could not only save your life, but also someone elses.

The following is copied from the Go Red for Women website:


Symptoms of a heart attack:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

As with men, the most common heart attack symptom in women is chest pain or discomfort. But it’s important to note that women are more likely to experience the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

What to do during a heart attack

If you experience any of these signs or symptoms:

  • Do not wait to call for help. Dial 9-1-1, make sure to follow the operator’s instructions and get to a hospital right away.
  • Do not drive yourself or have someone drive you to the hospital unless you have no other choice.
  • Try to stay as calm as possible and take deep, slow breaths while you wait for the emergency responders.

How can I prevent it?

Many things can put you at risk for these problems – one’s you can control, and others that you can’t. But the key takeaway is that with the right information, education and care, heart disease in women can be treated, prevented and even ended.

Studies show that healthy choices have resulted in 330 fewer women dying from heart disease per day. Here are a few lifestyle changes you should make:

STROKE Information:

Spot a stroke F.A.S.T.:

Face Drooping Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
Arm Weakness Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech Difficulty Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “the sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
Time to call 9-1-1 If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

Did you know that 1 in 31 women die of breast cancer each year, but 1 in 3 women die of a heart attack each year?


We need to become more aware of our bodies and listen to them.  And we need to pay attention to the women around us.  Let’s take care of each other ladies.

And men…not to leave you out – get to the doctor and have your heart checked out.  Too many times men ignore the signs  and say “Oh I’m fine”.  Don’t be one of them.

If we all learn the signs and keep our eyes open maybe we can save not only our life but also someone elses.

After all, we’re all in this together…

God bless!

Patty O

ps.  Do you like my heart made out of a vintage folding measuring stick?  A little Valentine’s Day fun with hearts.

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jan #

    I LOVED Murder She Wrote and I am a huge fan of Bones! Good info on be proactive and staying healthy!


    February 10, 2013
  2. Oh Jan – another reason why we’re soul sisters!


    February 10, 2013
  3. Thanks for including the info on stroke. When I had mine, my speech came back and the numbness went away so I walked around stunned for a little while before going to the hospital because I thought maybe it was jsut a really bad migraine. Thankfully, they closed the PFO and I’m fine now but it could have turned out much differently.


    February 10, 2013
    • Karen – I’m so thankful you’re ok! Hugs. P


      February 11, 2013
    • I’m so very thankful that it turned out so wonderfully and you are all healed up. I love you dear friend!


      February 15, 2013
  4. Fitty liked your heart! He said “oh look, a heart made out of a carpenters rule!” Scored a fan..
    That’s some good information there, I also saw a link on facebook that said if you ARE having a heart attack,to stay alive while waiting for the ambulance you should cough deeply from the bottom of your diaphragm, (not the contraceptive kind), take deep a deep breath and then cough and repeat until the ambulance arrives.
    I also just figured out that Grandma Ruby’s safe heart rate is only 119! We better keep her away from the Garter-belt removal at the wedding……


    February 11, 2013
    • Meg – thanks so much for the laugh out loud this morning!!! More good info – I hadn’t heard the advice about coughing. I don’t think the info talked about baby aspirins, but I know they still recommend people who are at high risk to take one daily.

      Tell Fitty thanks for the name of the ruler! So glad he likes my creation! 🙂


      February 11, 2013
  5. Thanks for the smiles and info. I am a Bones fan too!


    February 11, 2013

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