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 Tuesday April 5, 2011 - Issue #28

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief An Interview with Joe Montana

Four-time Super Bowl champion Joe Montana is also known by the nickname Joe Cool for his steely grace under pressure.  As a highly conditioned professional athlete, you might think that it would be inconceivable that Joe would become one of the 65 million people in the nation living with high blood pressure (HBP). Think again.  Gary Barg, Editor-in-Chief, sat down with Joe and Dr. James Rippe, M.D., an associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, and a leading authority on preventative cardiology, to discuss high blood pressure prevention techniques of importance to caregivers and loved ones alike.

GARY BARG: Tell me about the BP Success Zone Campaign.

DR. JAMES RIPPE: It’s a public education campaign. Joe and I have been crisscrossing the country for now two and a half years, and we’ve been to 30 cities. We are trying to move the needle to raise awareness about the dangers of high blood pressure and get more people’s high blood pressure into the Blood Pressure Success Zone.   The great thing about having Joe as a partner is that people say, “He is a relatively young athlete with high blood pressure…maybe I could have it too.” We are trying to get people in a dialog with their doctor. That’s what this campaign is all about.  The sad truth here is that of the 90% of the people who have high blood pressure, we don’t know the cause. We know there are associations between being overweight and smoking cigarettes and being inactive. There is a hereditary component too. Having said that, when you go across the board and talk about the causes of hypertension, 90% are of unknown origin....continued

Take care

Gary Barg


Feature Article

Helping the Mentally Ill

By Jude Roberts

The National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI) is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the United States, with self-help, support, and advocacy groups in every state, including Puerto Rico. Created in 1979, NAMI is completely dedicated to the elimination of all mental illness, as well as to the improvement of living standards for caregivers and persons affected by these diseases...continued

Guest Column

The Decision
By Trish Hughes Kreis

The decision to place Robert in an assisted living facility was not an easy one.   It isn’t easy for anyone but, to be honest, it was not only gut-wrenching but I was pretty hard headed about it.  Denial is a highly regarded trait in my family and I wasn’t about to give it up now....continued



Knowing the Warning Signs of a Stroke
Could be the Best Prevention

Stroke is our nations #3 killer and our best defense is to recognize the warning signs. It is possible to decrease your chances of having a stroke through education and a healthy lifestyle. Your brain needs blood, oxygen, and nutrients to function. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that feeds the brain these vital elements becomes clogged or bursts.:..continued

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with Joe Montana

Feature Article
Helping the Mentally Ill

Guest Column
The Decision

Knowing the Warning Signs of a Stoke Could be the Best Prevention    


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