Healthy hearts mean healthy communities

The incidence of heart attack can be minimised.

Prosperous communities promote awareness of good healthy hearts

The more hearts we keep going, the more healthy and productive the community. Healthy hearts mean fewer people are dying and their close relatives and friends leaving the community

I am not so sure most people understand the importance of such simple things as drinking enough water and taking aspirin.  If you have seen the following, it never hurts to be reminded of useful information.

A good thing to know from the Mayo Clinic where a cardiologist determined dehydration can trigger heart attacks.

Drinking more water can maintain healthy hearts

How many people do you know who say they do not want to drink anything before going to bed because they will have to get up during the night? Drinking one glass of water before going to bed can avoid stroke or heart attack.

Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down, and the lower body (legs) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. You need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.

The correct time to drink water

Drinking water at a particular time maximises its effectiveness on the body:

  • Two glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs
  • One glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion
  • Just one glass of water before taking a bath – helps to lower blood pressure
  • One glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack

Water at bedtime will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up.

The Mayo Clinic on Aspirin and healthy hearts

Dr Virend Somers is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic who is the lead author of the report in the July 29, 2017 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon.


What would you do if you saw someone having a heart attack?


Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.

  1. If you take an aspirin, or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night. The Reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour “half-life”; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be most active in your system.
  2. Aspirin lasts a long time in your medicine cabinet – years! (When it gets old, it smells like vinegar).

Why keep Aspirin by your bedside?

It’s about Heart Attacks – There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.

Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.

The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep. If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.

Afterwards: – Call 000.  Phone a neighbour or a family member who lives close. Say “Heart Attack!” – Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins. –

Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival, and  DO NOT LIE DOWN!

A Cardiologist has stated that if each person after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one life could be saved! I have already shared this information. Will you?

Life is a one-time gift,  forward this information and hope this will help save someone.

Quotable quotes

“The medical literature tells us that the most effective ways to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and many more problems are through healthy diet and exercise. Our bodies have evolved to move, yet we now use the energy in oil instead of muscles to do our work”. David Suzuki

Physical activity – even if you don’t lose an ounce, you’ll live longer, feel healthier and be less likely to get cancer, heart disease, stroke and arthritis. It’s the closest thing we have to a wonder drug.  Tom Frieden



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