Month: May 2012

HealThySelfCures.com: The Heart Attack Signs That Women Ignore

The Heart Attack Signs That Women Ignore

Women’s Health: The (Often Overlooked) Signs of A Heart Attack

Conventional wisdom has it that heart attacks come out of the blue.

We’re also trained to expect a heart attack to happen a certain way: The victim clutches his chest, writhes in pain, and collapses.

But for women, it often doesn’t happen that way.

Study after study shows heart attacks and heart disease are under-diagnosed in women, with the explanation being that they didn’t have symptoms. But research shows that’s not the case.

Women who’ve had heart attacks realize, looking back, that they experienced significant symptoms — they just didn’t recognize them as such.

In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, and published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, 95 percent of women (nearly all!) who’d had heart attacks reported experiencing symptoms that were decidedly new or different from their previous experience a month or more before their attacks.

Even when a heart attack is occurring, women are often slow to realize what’s happening and call a doctor, mainly because women’s heart attack symptoms are different than men’s.

This failure to recognize heart attack signs in women has led to a grim statistic: Women are more likely to die from sudden cardiac death than men are, and two thirds of women who have a heart attack don’t recover completely.

To prevent a heart attack from sneaking up on you, watch for these little-known signs of heart attack:

Fatigue.

More than 70 percent of women in the NIH study reported extreme fatigue in the month or months prior to their heart attacks. This was not just your run-of-the-mill tiredness — the kind you can power through — this was an overwhelming fatigue that sidelined them from their usual schedules for a few days at a time.

Sleeplessness or insomnia.

Despite their fatigue, women who’ve had heart attacks remember experiencing unexplained inability to fall asleep or stay asleep during the month before their heart attacks.

Anxiety and stress.

Stress has long been known to up the risk of heart attack. But what women report is the emotional experience; before their heart attacks they felt anxious, stressed, and keyed up, noticeably more than usual.

Moments before or during a heart attack, many women report a feeling they describe as “impending doom;” they’re aware that something’s drastically wrong and they can’t cope, but they’re not sure what’s going on.

via HealThySelfCures.com: The Heart Attack Signs That Women Ignore.

5 Symptoms Men Ignore

When it comes to scheduling doctor visits, some men are notorious procrastinators. This can be risky. Routine preventive care can find diseases in men in the early stages, when there are more options for treatment and better chances of treating the issue.

Furthermore, doctors report that their male patients ignore big and obvious health symptoms. With the following information, you can make sure that this isn’t describing you.

Symptoms No Man Should Ignore

1. Chest Pain

You’d think this would be the last thing a man would ignore, but it happens all the time. Men report later that they thought that they were just out of shape, having a little indigestion, or feeling stressed.

Bottom line: Anyone experiencing chest tightness, chest pain or shortness of breath needs medical attention.

2. A Big Belly

People who gain belly fat are at greater risk of serious health problems than are people who accumulate fat in other areas. Having a large amount of belly fat increases your risk of:

Heart disease

Stroke

Some types of cancer

Type 2 diabetes

Insulin resistance

High triglycerides

Low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol

Metabolic syndrome

Sleep apnea

Bottom line: A man who has gained belly weight should see his doctor.

via 5 Symptoms Men Ignore.

Social Marketing for Agents and Brokers

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by JB Stran | Real Estate Pro in West Virginia

Social Marketing for Agents and Brokers

 

You’ve read the blogs. “Socialize or DIE!”

You’ve seen the ‘Chicken Little’ special reports: “Social Marketing is the key to survival that your business Must have NOW!”

Silly dramas aside; Connecting to your clients and potential customers on their terms is a good idea. Meet them where they feel most comfortable, and cross that thin line between ‘occasional contact’ to friendly local professional.

But How?

Obviously, Facebook is your first choice.

A business page on the largest social network is free to create and manage, and will represent you and your business 24/7 in your own style.

Go to any FB business page…here’s a link to one of mine for MRE Photography:

http://www.facebook.com/MREphotos

The first thing you notice is the number of “Likes” (or fans, because these used to be called “Fan pages”) which is an indicator of the page’s popularity…but not really.

Very “popular” pages are more likely the result of effective marketing on the part of the owner.

In the case of the above page, I don’t pretend to have 780 clients or even a third that number of people who get excited about FSBO photography…but I do claim to know how to market my FB page(s) effectively which has resulted in 780+ fans for a one-year-old page.

As a more appropriate example, here is another of my projects that has it’s own FB page:

http://www.facebook.com/SecretCures

This Cure Thyself page is five months old, and has just passed the 1,000 fans mark based primarily on a solid marketing plan…mine.

To be fair, natural cures is an easier ‘sell’ than real estate photos, and for that reason the same marketing program has produced better results on this page.

Both FB pages are tied to an actual website (Cure Thyself ties into a blog of the same theme), and these act as a funnel that feeds facebook traffic to the respective sites.

– and by the way…the above pages are two of my five total pages on facebook, and cure Thyself is the youngest of the five…and the slowest grower is hovering at 450 fans (but not for long).

Simple, right?

Setting up a facebook page for your business website is the easy part. A few clicks and your new page is up and running…and when you’re ready to start marketing for popularity that funnels traffic to your offers you have two simple choices;

Put your life and business on hold for a few months while you take a crash-course in Social Marketing, or toss the ball to a professional who is already suited-up and on the field:

http://www.martinsburgphotos.com/#!faq

via Social Marketing for Agents and Brokers.

Man pleads guilty to starving children – journal-news.net | News, sports, jobs, community information for Martinsburg – The Journal

MARTINSBURG – A Berkeley County man accused of starving of his 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter and forcing them to sleep in an unfinished basement pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of child abuse causing serious bodily injury as part of a plea agreement.

Jesse A. Lafferty, 34, who is currently incarcerated at Eastern Regional Jail, was originally named in a seven-count indictment issued in February 2011 by a Berkeley County grand jury. The agreement resulted in the dismissal of the remaining counts.

Lafferty is scheduled to be sentenced July 16 by West Virginia 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes and is represented by local attorney Christopher Prezioso. As part of the plea agreement, the court will be unfettered in sentencing. Lafferty faces two to 10 years in prison on each of the counts.

“I willfully withheld food from my children in order to punish them, which led to neglect and malnutrition, sir,” Lafferty told the court.

Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely told the court that the state’s evidence would show that there were periods of time where food was withheld from the two victims for more than 24 hours at a time as punishment and that during certain weeks the children were sometimes not fed for periods of three to four days. When the children were rescued by authorities, Games-Neely said they were found to be severely malnourished and had distended abdomens similar to starving children from third-world countries.

“Let the record show that the defendant has executed the written guilty plea form. … Sir, are you sure this is how you want to resolve this matter?” Wilkes asked the defendant.

“Yes,” responded Lafferty, who was shackled and wearing an orange prison jumpsuit.

via Man pleads guilty to starving children – journal-news.net | News, sports, jobs, community information for Martinsburg – The Journal.