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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
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
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
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
My mother has several medical issues, but she is still
able to take care of herself. The problem is that she has
become so depressed that she doesn't maintain her hygiene,
clean up after herself, help out with the chores (she lives
with my sister). She has even begun getting careless with
her medication and meals (she's diabetic). She refuses to
deal with her depression saying, "I know what's wrong and
there's nothing that can be done about it." Does anyone have
a suggestion on how I can get her to try therapy or
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