The Magic Wand for your heart

Could a magic wand determine your heart health? Doctors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!) are testing a new pocket-sized ultrasound device which can scan the arteries in your neck and determine if you should be concerned about heart disease according to an AP article today. “If I tell you your cholesterol is 130,…

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…

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.”…

Enrich Your Life:Take a Compliment

“I got it on sale.” Denying your joy by deflecting compliments How well do you take a compliment? If someone exclaims, “Those are great shoes!” Do you say, “I got them at TJ Maxx, $9.00!” Recently, I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Gina Barreca speak about the differences between men and women. She said…

Engage Your Health: Embrace the Dentist

Good Dental Health is Essential to Heart Health How long has it been since you visited the dentist?  In addition to good brushing and flossing habits, regular visits to the dentist can prevent infections and disease which can damage your heart. Don’t have a dentist?  Here are some tips for finding a good one. Check…