Time for a Heart to Heart

Heart Disease generally refers to conditions that result in compromised heart muscles, valves, or rhythm. Any or all of these can lead to heart attack, chest pain (angina), or stroke.

Believe it or not, the World Health Organization (WHO), reported “Heart Disease is the #1 cause of death in the US, Canada, and Australia.” Some reports say the death toll is even greater than that of every type of cancer.

Now I know what you’re saying, how the heck does someone get Heart Disease? Well here are a few noted causes:

  • High amounts of fats and cholesterol in the blood
  • High amounts of sugar in the blood
  • High blood pressure
  • Blood vessel inflammation
  • Smoking
  • Family history of the illness

Over time, any of these can create toxic conditions for the heart, and lead to Heart Disease.

*This is with special exception to Congenital Heart Defects. In those unfortunate cases, someone is born with a defect that affects how the heart works.*

There is also research that suggests, “a sudden release of STRESS  hormones, may play a role in causing this disorder.”

This is the perfect Segway to the other thing I wanted to talk about, Stress.

Stress is a silent killer that takes a toll on every aspect of your well being. Namely, your mind, your spirit, your body and especially your heart, all fall victim to its undiscriminating wrath.

While we navigate the rigor of our constantly changing day, all while moving at the speed of life, we need to remember to take care of ourselves. Yeah, sure. “In the pursuit of happiness,” we all get caught up and tend to lose track of some traditional values. But ask yourself, at what cost.

My sister worked a full-time job, a part-time job, and went to school full time. She was quite driven and ambitious. She juggled all of this while simultaneously raising two beautiful young daughters. Successfully graduating with her RN license in 2010. 2 weeks later she suffered a massive heart attack at the age of 32, and died.

Her short-lived “Pomp and Circumstance became her Veteran waltz to “Taps.”The official autopsy report stated the cause of death as “Stress.”


Heart Attacks occur when the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of the heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked and the heart can’t get oxygen. If blood flow isn’t restored quickly, that section of the heart muscle begins to die. Just imagine your heart being strangled. Well that’s kind of the idea.

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Would you know if you or someone you know were actively having a heart attack? We often ignore physical discomforts, just assuming it will pass. If you knew you were having a heart attack, would you react so nonchalantly? Here are a few signs to look for just in case.

  • Chest Discomfort (Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. )
  • Discomfort to other areas of the body (Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.)
  • Shortness of Breath (with or without chest discomfort.)
  • Other signs (can range in breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.)

The American Heart Association recommends that heart disease prevention begin early in life. Assess your risk factors and work to keep them low.

A healthy diet and active lifestyle are key. Now I know often when we see the words Active Lifestyle, there is an assumption that you have to be in the gym 5 days a week. That’s not necessarily the case. All things, including lifestyle changes should be done gradually and at first, in moderation.

Here are some of my simple tips. See if they work for you.

  • Try walking 10 minutes more each day than usual. Each week afterward add 5 more minutes. Before you know it, you’ll be in the swing of things.
  • Stop lying down less than 30 minutes after you eat. The food needs to move. If you are lying down, where is it going to go? It stays right there, where it shouldn’t be. A lot of illness result from that very behavior. (Look it up) Get up and walk around a bit. And don’t be afraid to stretch a bit. (It helps)
  • Drink lots of water. I mean there are just too many benefits to list. Some research says it can reduce your risk of Heart Attack by 50%.

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  • Add more greens and beans to your diet. They help regulate your metabolism.
  • Just as a backup, it’s a good idea to carry chew-able Aspirin in your bag. If worst comes to worst, chew two and get to an emergency room immediately.

First time victims of heart attacks or strokes suffer fatal or disabling effects, so prevention is critical. The sooner you begin reducing your exposure to things that may damage your heart, the longer and stronger your heart will beat.

It doesn’t take much to just get started, but it will totally be worth it.

Your family, your friends, your body and especially your Heart will thank you.


Thanks for listening.

Now go get your life together.


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iUDAME: Busy Saving Lives

When we launched iUDAME last year, we fully expected it to transform the way people reacted to all kinds of life-threatening events and emergencies. Over the past few months, however, the response to our iUDAME app has been overwhelming, with individuals and families across the United States showing a great deal of gratitude for the app’s simplicity and effectiveness.

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These reactions have translated into numerous opportunities for the true power of iUDAME to be highlighted in the press. And similar to the feedback we’ve received from those downloading the iUDAME app in iTunes and GooglePlay, highly regarded publications such as the New York Times and Argentinian news site Infobae have followed suit, providing the public with in-depth interviews and glowing reviews.

In the New York Times article specifically, writer Jonah Bromwich wrote on Twitter about his experience interviewing iUDAME’s founder, neuroscientist Michael Nelson, saying:

(T)he app I wrote about this week has one of the more heart-wrenching backstories of any I’ve yet written about.

In the Tweet, Mr. Bromwich referred to how the iUDAME app came into being after the founder’s sister succumbed to a heart attack in 2010. Prior to her passing, Mr. Nelson’s sister was encouraged to call 911 after experiencing a profound health emergency, which she put off in order to call her husband first. A call that never went through.

Had the app been available at the time, Mr. Nelson is convinced his sister could have been assisted by emergency personnel, as well as friends and family members who would have responded right away. In fact, the couple lived just feet away from a neighbor who is a trained emergency medical technician, and is someone who would have likely been included in his sister’s Top 5 emergency contacts.

Yet, in addition to its value as a way to respond quickly to critical health emergencies, other publications also recognized the app’s usefulness as a self-protection device. On news and information site I’m No June Cleaver, single mom and safety advocate Julie Wohlberg spoke to the app’s ability of protecting both women and children:

Women: Whether you live alone, with roommates, or with a spouse, you’re statistically more likely to be the victim of a crime when you’re alone. This app lets you alert your contacts to a problem – even when you aren’t able to speak. This can mean the difference between getting quick help in an emergency – from a home invasion to a sexual assault – and a much nastier outcome.

Children: iUDAME also gives parents the ability to activate the iUDAME app on their children’s phones in the event that they are unable to locate them, if they don’t come home  after a night out, or if they believe their children are in danger – making it a key safety app for parents. With an out-of-state stepchild in college, this app seems like a perfect tool for getting help quickly if something happened.

Though iUDAME may not have been available to assist Ms. Nelson with her heart attack in 2010, today it represents a new era of communicating emergencies by anyone coping with allergies and illnesses, as well as single women, parents, business owners and those traveling within the U.S.

As Modern Tips’ first choice for life-saving smartphone apps, there’s never been a better time to download the iUDAME app and begin your free 30-day trial. You could very well save your life, or the life of a loved one.