The Dangers of Dining Al Desko

How often do you find yourself eating at your desk?  Is dining al desko putting your health at risk? According to the American Dietetic Association, 75% of office workers eat lunch at our desks at least two or three times a week.  Trying to fit a bit more work in during the day may seem…

Introducing the Patient’s Perspective Magazine

Welcome to the Patient’s Perspective! The Embrace Your Heart™ Wellness Initiative presents teleconferences addressing a specific challenge faced by women living with heart disease.  The result: a wealth of information to share and a publication. “Having the opportunity to share our experiences and challenges is empowering.  Providing the information to other patients and to healthcare…

Stressed or Stroke? Three questions to ease your mind about your headache

Knowing she was at risk for stroke made Patty Borkowski’s daily headaches worrisome. How do you tell a headache brought on by eye strain or an afternoon drop in blood sugar and from a medical emergency? “At approximately 3:15 every afternoon, I thought I was suffering a stroke.  I’d be at the computer pounding away…

Bruise Be Gone

Bruising is a fact of life for women living on blood thinners. Embarrassment about your bruises doesn’t have to be. Women living on blood thinners are no strangers to bruising. A tight shoe, a light bump against a chair or an over zealous thigh slap while laughing can cause a nasty-looking mark that can be…

Exporing the “Icky Period” Problem

When a younger woman is put on a blood thinner the doctor or nurse isn’t likely to tell her, “Guess what, this is probably going to make your period a bit of a challenge.  It came as a big surprise to me,” said Eliz Greene who is 42 and currently takes Plavix®.  “Talking about the…

Goodbye, Blood Draw!

When she was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation and placed on the blood thinning medication warfarin, Patty Borkowski began regular trips to the Anticoagulation Clinic at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She didn’t realize her experience was different from that of other women on blood thinners. A consistent and controlled blood thinner level is essential for…

What’s In Your Wallet: Be prepared for injuries and emergencies

While blood thinning medication allows many women with heart disease to live productive lives, the risk of bleeding creates peril even from small cuts. “I was told even shaving my legs was too risky while on Coumadin®,” Said Eliz Greene a heart attack survivor and host of the Patient’s Perspective Teleconference presented by the Embrace…

To Broccoli or Not To Broccoli: Managing Your INR

“It is interesting how quickly we become experts in our own health when we are forced to do so,” remarked Eliz Greene, who survived a heart attack at age 35.    “When you are put on a blood thinner like Coumadin® you have to be very proactive to maintain the right level in  your system.”…

Embrace Your Inner Splurge

Now here is some advice for eating out I can embrace…look at the dessert menu first! Registered Dietitian Carolyn O’Neil suggests planning your meal around what you want to have for dessert. “Planning is the most important part of eating healthy, and if you like dessert, don’t deny yourself that,” O’Neil says. “But let’s be…