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  •  No attention to prevention, just attacking symptom (5+ / 0-)

    My husband recently had an incident involving chest pain.  He's ok, and tests showed his ekg and stress test were normal.

    But nobody talked to him about how to prevent a heart attack.  Nobody asked him about his diet.  Nobody asked him about his exercise program.

    They asked if he smoked (no), drank (no), had diabetes (no), but didn't ask about the easiest behavior modifications that can prevent heart disease.  

    My husband is a junk-food junkie.  Though we eat well when we eat together, at work or left to his own choices he eats fast food and candy.  Just making small changes to his choices could make big changes in his health.

    He's very active on weekends, when we hike and ride bikes.  During the week he gets little to no exercise.  He has a gym membership he pays for each month, but rarely goes unless I remind him.  Lately I've been reminding him daily, and going with him whenever possible.  If he just stopped by each day after dropping me off at work, he'd get in a cardio workout that would improve his health dramatically.  

    But neither emergency room staff nor his primary care doc said a word about diet and exercise.  

    We do not forgive. We do not forget. The whole world is watching.

    by Tracker on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 08:13:05 AM PST

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