Human Hearts

(Art by Antony Micallef)

Recently, our band’s business manager, Jonathan, shared a shocking story with us. His childhood friend had passed away from a heart attack at the young age of 42. At the funeral, Jonathan and his friends were talking about their mutual friend’s passing, and decided to all get their hearts checked.

Jonathan went to the doctor, who recommended a “CT Angiogram.” It bears mentioning that Jonathan is, at a glance, a very healthy guy. He’s arguably fitter than I am, eats better, and exercises more often. He has a wife and beautiful children. He had absolutely no reason to believe he had heart problems. Jonathan was waiting for results in the doctor’s office. The doctors came in, and were obviously not happy.

Jonathan was terrified.

They told him he had nearly 100% blockage in his heart. If he didn’t get immediate attention, he would have likely been dead within the month.

After calling his family and crying on the phone, he went into surgery. He ended up receiving a stent to restore blood flow, and decided to take on a lifetime change in diet and lifestyle. Since then, he has started a foundation called the Heartview Global Foundation. Their goals include: creating a fund to pay for the CT Angiogram for people who can’t afford it, spreading the message of awareness, and encouraging more medical insurance companies to cover the cost of these life-saving tests. Jonathan’s personal goal is to “save thousands of lives.”

If you have any family history of heart problems, or if you simply don’t know, please get tested right away.

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From Dr. Satinder Bhatia, MD:

Coronary CT angiography (CTA) represents a great advance in the early detection of coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease (CAD – hardening of the arteries) is often clinically silent (no recognizable symptoms). Early detection of CAD can lead to aggressive prevention strategies to avert heart attacks and save lives. CTA represents a noninvasive modality for the early detection of CAD. Using an ultrafast scanner and injection of a contrast material through a peripheral vein, high resolution images of the coronary arteries can be obtained. Such images were previously only available via invasive coronary angiography that involves the introduction of catheters into the coronary arteries. CTA allows the visualization of the coronary arteries and detection of stenosis (narrowing), hard plaque (calcified cholesterol deposition), soft plaque (non calcified plaque) and vulnerable or high risk plaque (increased risk for acute events such as heart attack). This noninvasive technology is the only methodology that visualizes soft plaque. By identification of arterial disease, specific treatments can be applied for the prevention of cardiovascular events (heart attack, sudden death). CTA represents a major advance in the early detection of CAD in individuals at risk and allows the ability to detect disease in advance of symptoms or clinical presentation. Judicious application of CTA technology can lead to early detection and treatment of CAD, prevent heart attacks and save lives.

Mike Shinoda

Secret to shark health could fight human viruses

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Sharks are primitive creatures but their bodies produce a sophisticated substance that shows promise in fighting a range of human viruses from hepatitis to yellow fever, researchers said on Monday.

The compound, called squalamine, was discovered in 1993 but the study in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences is the first to explore its potential use against human viruses.

Researchers tested squalamine – manufactured from dogfish sharks’ livers – in lab dishes and in animal subjects and found it could inhibit or control viral infections, and in some cases appeared to cure animals of their ills.

The project began when lead investigator, Michael Zasloff, professor of surgery and pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical Center, sent samples of squalamine to a series of labs around the United States for testing.

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Do’s and Don’ts to our brains (10 Brain damaging habits)

01. Eat Breakfast

Always eat breakfast because people who do not take breakfast are going to have a low blood sugar level, this gives to insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain.

02. Over Eating

It causes hardening of the brain arteries leading to decrease in mental power. (Kaya pala mahihina ang mga ulo ng matataba! Dahil siguro nga yung matataba naiipit yung brain nila kaya hindi gumagalaw! :-p Joke!

03. Smoking

Smoking can cause multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer\'s diseases.

04. High Sugar Consumption

Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development. (Pero ako ok lang, bobo ka nga sweet ka naman! :-p )

05. Air Pollution

The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decreasing in brain tissues.

06. Sleep Deprivation

Sleep allows our brains to rest, long term deprivation mostly will accelerate the death of brain cells. (So kapag ikaw ay mahilig matulog ok yan, di bale nang mapagsabihan tayo na batogan! We’re just taking care of our brains naman! haha :-p )

07. Head Covered While Sleeping

Sleeping with the head covered increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decreases the concentration of oxygen that may lead to brain damaging effects.

08. Working Your Brain During Illnesses

Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to decrease the effectiveness of brain as well as damage to the brain.

09. Lacking Stimulating Thoughts

Thinking is the best way to train our brain. Lacking in brain stimulation can cost brain shrinkage. (So if you don’t use it, you lost it diba? We need to train our brain because it also have muscles that must be exercise.) How to train the brain

10. Talking Rarely

Intellectual conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain. (Pero dapat kung magsasalita ka, dapat yung may kausap ka, dahil kung wala eh parang may brain damage ka na nun! haha ;-> )