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public heart health message: pick up the phone!

May 3, 2008
Jeff Burroughs is the second Jeff I know who has died in the last few months of a heart attack; Jeff San Marchi died at Christmas (how i became the art predator part 2)–he was in his 50s. Last year my friend barely 40 friend’s heart gave us all a good scare. A few years ago, a 43 year old doctor friend would have died from a heart attack except his wife and mother who were both physicians were there to take care of him and a hospital was close.

Do you hear the phone ringing? Hello?

What age is your heart? Be honest and ask yourself the following questions:

do you have high cholesterol?
what you eat can add 5-10 years to your heart’s age

do you have excess belly fat?
extra weight there adds 5-10 years

do you smoke?
smoking is one of the biggest risk factors and adds 20 years to your age

do you drink alcohol?
drinking a glass or two of red wine a day can be good, but more than that is a poison to your body and can add 10-20 years to your hearts age
are you happy? are you stressed?
stress damages the heart too and adds 15-20 years to your age

Jeff, I know you’re laughing hysterically somewhere about all this–when you weren’t drinking, you were smoking–and when you weren’t smoking, you were drinking–or planning on it! The last time I saw you I think was when you advised me on which one of the Wild Planet flasks would be best for me!! I mean, my goodness, 3 bars in town are donating food and booze to your memorial!!

I guess I’ll keep wine in that flask instead of whiskey…try to laugh more, stress less
deep breath…
here’s the link for the video about the heart stuff:
Thanks Toni for the photos of Jeff and friends out at Burning Man 2006 celebrating best friend Pixie’s wedding to Peter…
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