Posts tagged "American Heart Association"

Bicycling Really Did Save My Life

Bicycling Really Did Save My Life
Three years ago today, I was lying on a gurney in the emergency room fighting for my life. To be more accurate, the ER and catheter teams were fighting against the clock to save my life.  I remained motionless in shock and disbelief. There was really nothing that I could do to help myself.  By... Read more »

Quitting Sugary Snacks: It's Not Just a Matter of Strong Will

Quitting Sugary Snacks: It's Not Just a Matter of Strong Will
I read a great post on Chicago Now yesterday morning entitled “Indulging in common sense when it comes to healthy eating…” As one who tries to eat healthily – I was enjoying a bowl of whole grain cereal topped with strawberries, blueberries, and almond milk, sipping a glass of pomegranate kefir while reading Arkie Lad‘s... Read more »

One Celebrity (and 1,099 others) Killed by Heart Attack Yesterday

One Celebrity (and 1,099 others) Killed by Heart Attack Yesterday
Like nearly everyone else, I was surprised to hear that Davy Jones died of a heart attack yesterday at the age of 66. My mind instantly returned to childhood days happily watching reruns of The Monkees and the occasional Marsha-Brady-has-a-crush-on-Davy-Jones episode that was recreated in the Brady Bunch movie 25 years later.  I hadn’t paid... Read more »
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Heart Month Ends, Personal Campaign Continues

Heart Month Ends, Personal Campaign Continues
14 Hours and 14 Aspirin Part Five (continued from part four) While the official campaign for American Heart Month may be drawing to an end, my personal campaign has but one expiration date – my own. I can’t look at the calendar and conveniently say “Thank God I won’t have to deal with this unpleasant... Read more »

Heart Month: 14 Hours and 14 Aspirin Part 4

Heart Month: 14 Hours and 14 Aspirin Part 4
This is the fourth in a five-part post.  Click here for parts one, two, and three… When I woke up in the intensive care unit, it didn’t take long for me to realize that the path of my life had been forever altered.  I had several questions that I really needed answers for.  How bad... Read more »

Sixty Second Cycling: Week in Review

Sixty Second Cycling: Week in Review
Bicycling Funding remains under attack!  20 years of transportation enhancements – Federal funds used to improve cycling and pedestrian infrastructure – are in jeopardy in both the House and the Senate. While only accounting for 1.5% of the total transportation budget, the House transportation committee and its counterpart in the Senate have decided that those... Read more »
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Heart Month: A Tale of 14 Hours and 14 Aspirin Part Three

Heart Month: A Tale of 14 Hours and 14 Aspirin Part Three
To see the key for the above illustration, click here.  If you missed parts one and two of this story, I’ll summarize them for you in a few quick sentences: I didn’t believe a fit 43 year-old cyclist could suffer a heart attack (despite a strong family history of heart disease).  I ignored two of... Read more »

Heart Month: A Tale of 14 Hours and 14 Aspirin Part Two

Heart Month: A Tale of 14 Hours and 14 Aspirin Part Two
Continued from Part One… So there I was, exactly two and a half years ago today, lying flat on my back on a gurney in the triage bay of the emergency room, my life completely in the hands of a group of complete strangers. Are you a smoker?  No.  Do you drink?  No.  Use drugs? ... Read more »

Heart Month: A Tale of 14 Hours and 14 Aspirin

Heart Month: A Tale of 14 Hours and 14 Aspirin
Tomorrow I will celebrate my third birthday. Yes, you read that right. T-h-i-r-d.  I didn’t mean to type thirty (but it sure would be nice to return to those days of relative youth).  Nor is it a typo for forty third.  February 8th marks the third birthday I will celebrate since suffering a near-fatal heart... Read more »
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Important Cycling Advocacy News for Today, February 1st

Important Cycling Advocacy News for Today, February 1st
One year ago today we were hunkering down for Snowmageddon.  On this February 1st, we can enjoy a nice bike ride! The City Needs Your Input.  Tonight marks another public meeting for Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 at Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln from 6-8pm.  If you can’t attend, there are webinars planned for... Read more »