The hope is….

Posted: May 1, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Elizabeth Taylor

George Carlin

Mel Blanc

John Steinbeck

Jim Morrison

Issac Asimov

All these men and one woman died of heart disease. I know, I know kind of bleak huh? The message will get worse before it gets better. Did you know that in the United States of America (I apologize to anyone reading in a country other than the United States, I find information from the United States CDC to be readily available and usually the data sets are for the United States however I am sure the rates in other countries are comparable)  heart disease kills about 600,000 people a year. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. This year if the statistics do not lie 720 000 Americans will have a stroke.

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When you have a stroke and if you are not healthy and active chances are high that you will have one, part of your heart dies. The muscle becomes scar tissue and cannot be used. Now you have a heart that is smaller and will have to work harder and the likely hood for another stroke is higher. There are on any given day 3000 Americans on a waiting list for a new heart and only 2000 hearts become available each year. Then there is organ rejection to deal with along with the complicated surgery. Hope seems lost. Heart disease is killing everyone.

You read the title of the blog right? Yes, there is hope. An article in Popular Mechanics wrote up a story on a new study involving macaques ( a primate that shares many genes with humans) and found that stem cells can regrow the scar tissue in the monkeys heart!

Amazing right? I was floored as I read this study. This information helps reaffirm my belief. With education and application of knowledge anything is possible.

I am not sure what you are doing or where you are at. You may be faced with some situation that seems impossible but I bet if you really look and listen, learn and apply what you have learned that what seems impossible will become possible.  There is hope.





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