Daily Column

Even winter gloves have their limits

Q: Your article in the paper some time ago concerning cold hands got me thinking. How about the feasibility of yet one more cause that would be a full lifetime of frozen hands and fingers? I'm in my 60s now but have been shoveling and blowing snow in -10 and -20 degree temperatures for long periods of time since I was a teen. Even gloves have limits! I recall dozens, if not hundreds, of times coming into the house with hands and fingers that were two solid blocks. I'd stand over the kitchen sink and soak them in warm water until life returned to them. I am far more careful now but as a younger man I probably didn't give it two thoughts. Do you think tissue damage may have been caused? My hands look fine, my blood pressure is great, my arms, legs and feet are fine, also. The only … [Read More...]

Monthly Awareness

American Heart Month

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of men and women in our country and is the leading cause of disability. Not only does it affect a person's quality of life and have a bearing on everyone in your household, it also costs our country over $300 billion a year for medications, health care, and loss of work. On the upside, statistics indicate the number of preventable deaths in individuals between the ages of 65 and 74 has declined, yet unfortunately, the figures remain consistent in those under the age of 65. This is something within our control that simply shouldn't be overlooked. Further, statistics prove that men are more than twice as likely as are women to die from cardiac conditions that are preventable. So, which of us are at a higher risk than others? A … [Read More...]