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Dodging the Roadkill: Accountability

 

*Editor’s Note:  This is an article from our motorcycle blog, Dodging the Roadkill*

Dodging the RoadkillClarksville, TN – I shared this image on Facebook recently and it’s been viewed from my account, 75,000 times.  It obviously struck the same cord with you that it struck with me.  It caused me to write this post. 

When I began this journey, I took it VERY seriously.  Not only was it a financial decision, but it was a safety issue.  I was 63 years old when I entered this lifestyle and there were questions.

Could I still ride a motorcycle?  Was I strong enough, were my reactions still sharp, did I have the stamina?  I felt that I could answer “yes” to all of those concerns.  Even though there are many factors that are completely out of my control, I knew that I wanted this, I NEEDED this and I was DEFINITELY going to do this and I KNEW it was dangerous.

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American Heart Association reports Unmarried Heart Patients face higher risk of Death

 

Journal of the American Heart Association Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Compared to married heart disease patients, being unmarried was associated with a higher risk of dying, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

This is the first study to show an association between marital status and death from any cause and heart disease-related death in a high-risk heart patient population. (American Heart Association)

This is the first study to show an association between marital status and death from any cause and heart disease-related death in a high-risk heart patient population. (American Heart Association)

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Dodging the Roadkill: Riding A Road Filled With Inspiration

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Since I’ve been on this journey, I’ve met some incredible people.  It’s been one of the great joys of being a biker.  My Biker brothers and sisters are genuine and want nothing of me but my friendship and respect.

If you’ve never read my story of how I came to be a biker, you can read it here

My story was featured in the March 2017 issue of American Motorcyclist Magazine.  I was overwhelmed by the response I got, from bikers all over the country who had suffered from depression.  If I was able to touch just ONE person who had been through the same experience, it was worth it. 

Ozarks Mountains

Ozarks Mountains

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American Heart Association says Gum Disease, Tooth Loss may increase Postmenopausal Women’s Risk of Death

 

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Gum disease and tooth loss may be associated with a higher risk of death in postmenopausal women but not increased cardiovascular disease risk, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Loss of all natural teeth also was linked with an increased risk of death in postmenopausal women.

Gum disease and tooth loss in postmenopausal women may be linked to a higher risk of death. (American Heart Association)

Gum disease and tooth loss in postmenopausal women may be linked to a higher risk of death. (American Heart Association)

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Heart-related deaths spike at Christmas according to the American Heart Association

 

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TXHeart-related deaths spike during Christmas, but the effect may have nothing to do with the cold winter season, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

“Spikes in deaths from natural causes during Christmas and New Year’s Day has been previously established in the United States,” said Josh Knight, B.Sc., study author and research fellow at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

Heart-related deaths spike around Christmas, and the effect may not be because of the cold winter season. (American Heart Association)

Heart-related deaths spike around Christmas, and the effect may not be because of the cold winter season. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Yo-Yo Dieting Dangerous even if you’re not Overweight

 

American Heart Association Meeting Report

American Heart AssociationNew Orleans, LA – Repeatedly losing and regaining weight, known as weight cycling or yo-yo dieting, may increase the risk of death from heart disease among postmenopausal women who were of normal weight at the start of the study, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Normal weight postmenopausal women at the start of the study who lost and regained weight had: 3 and ½ times higher risk for sudden cardiac death and nearly 66% increased risk for coronary heart disease death. (American Heart Association) «Read the rest of this article»

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36 People in Montgomery County died of drug overdoses in 2015

 

1,451 Tennesseans Die from Drug Overdoses in 2015

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Health data show 1,451 people died from drug overdoses in the state in 2015.

This is the highest annual number of overdose deaths recorded in state history and brings the five-year total for Tennessee to 6,036 lives lost. That figure is approximately the equivalent of every person on 40 mid-size jet liners dying.

Deadly Epidemic of Substance Use Disorders Continues to Grow in Tennessee.

Deadly Epidemic of Substance Use Disorders Continues to Grow in Tennessee.

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On Being a Widow

 

CommentaryClarksville, TN – If your marriage has been happy, as ours was for the 23 years we were together, the idea of being a widow is not one you ever want to encounter.

My husband’s health had been deteriorating for 12 years but death was not something we considered an immediate possibility. Life had another scenario in mind so on February 1st, I became a widow.

Although we had discussed what arrangements my husband wanted at his death, I had not fully comprehended what was facing me.

Coping with the loss of a spouse.

Coping with the loss of a spouse.

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American Heart Association says Sleep disorders may predict heart events after angioplasty

 

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – People who have had percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), also known as angioplasty, for acute coronary syndrome could be at higher risk of death, heart failure, heart attack and stroke if they have sleep-disordered breathing, such as sleep apnea, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Acute coronary syndrome, is an umbrella term for conditions in which the blood supplied to the heart is suddenly blocked.

Sleeping woman. (American Heart Association)

Sleeping woman. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says Household Air Pollution linked to Higher Risk of Heart Attacks, Death

 

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Long-term exposure to household air pollution from lighting, cooking or heating with fuels, such as kerosene or diesel, may increase the risk of heart attacks and death, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Burning cleaner fuels, such as natural gas, was associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular deaths.

According to the World Health Organization, one-half of the world’s population lives in poverty and burns fuels for lighting, cooking and heating purposes.

Heart illustration with artery close up. (American Heart Association)

Heart illustration with artery close up. (American Heart Association)

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