Cherie Gruenfeld competed in her first Ironman triathlon at age 48. Today, at 69, she’s one of the most decorated Master’s triathletes in the world, winning to date, 11 Ironman World Championships in her age class along with dozens of half-Ironman and other triathlon competitions, and setting course records along the way.
Her most recent win, in fact, was this past October at the renowned Kona Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. She was one of nearly 1,800 athletes who swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles and ran 26.2 miles — a full marathon — along the rugged Kona coast. It’s a remarkable demonstration of physical and mental endurance, and one that can take a toll on a person’s body at any age. Yet Gruenfeld did it just one year after a bike crash injury forced her to miss the 2011 competition. click for more
In atrial fibrillation, the atria “quiver” chaotically and the ventricles beat irregularly, causing such symptoms as a fluttering feeling in the chest, a racing pulse, low energy, a faint or dizzy feeling, chest pressure or discomfort, shortness of breath and anxiety, and in Clark’s case, an unusual symptom of tunnel vision when her heart was out of rhythm. click for more
Most likely, our waists were smaller back then, our biceps larger and our lungs more expansive. We moved with a sense of purpose and pride, and our bodies got what they deserved — fit. We worked and moved and balanced and stretched and felt confident knowing that our bodies could perform the tasks we needed them to do. click for more
Betty Benner was only in her late forties in 1991 when she began experiencing extreme shortness of breath. An avid walker, she had been clocking five miles almost daily, yet found herself having to stop to catch her breath.
“At first, I attributed it to getting older,” she says. “But I wasn’t that old.” click for more
Look no further — Palm Springs plays host to the most extensive, organic, vegetarian menu in the Valley. Nature’s Health Food & Café offers more than 130 items on their colorful, quadruple-fold menu, and the only challenge is figuring out which menu item to order.
Founded eight years ago by Jose Felix and William De La Campa, Nature’s Health Food & Café features a full menu café and health food store in one convenient location. Prior to opening the business with De La Campa, Felix was chef and manager for the previous owner’s café. click for more
“The country as a whole is concerned about the costs and quality of health care delivery,” says Barry Hackshaw, MD, FACC, one of the founders of Desert Cardiology Center which, with 14 Board Certified Cardiologists, is the largest private practice cardiology group in the Coachella Valley. Dr. Hackshaw serves as Medical Director of Interventional Cardiology and the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Eisenhower.
“To me, the best delivery models are facilities like the Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic and Palo Alto Clinic, where hospitals and physicians work together in a united way,” he continues. “Before coming to the desert, I was at another medical center where we were all under one umbrella. All decisions were made in a coordinated way between the hospital and the physicians. That’s the model we’re aiming for here.” click for more
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The determinants for exercise require careful consideration as patients with CAD vary greatly in their clinical status, including the extent of their disease. Diseases include left ventricular dysfunction, potential for myocardial ischemia, and presence of cardiac arrhythmias. Prior cardiac events (myocardial infarction, cardiac arrest), or interventions (coronary artery bypass graft, angioplasty, or other interventions) can be complicated by other medical issues which may often include hypertension, peripheral vascular disease, valvular heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and diabetes. There is no one size-fits-all exercise program for patients with CAD. click for more
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