57th Edition

July 2011





Wednesday 13th April


Claire Cassidy from the British Heart Foundation gave a very interesting talk about the fabulous work the BHF do.

As this is their 50th anniversary, they are working hard raising funds for the 'Broken Hearts Appeal' which is an amazing task.

Linda Barratt answered some interesting questions and explained to the group new things happening in the N.H.S. She also gave us some very useful information; adulterers are probably more at risk of having a heart attack, be careful.


Wednesday 8th June @ 7.30pm


Cardiologist Registrar Doug Haynes gave a brilliant presentation on Heart Failure & Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation, (TRAVI)

TAVI is a new novel therapy which may be used to as an alternative to standard surgical aortic valve replacement (which was shown in graphic pictures). The procedure is performed on the beating heart.

Dr Haynes also gave the group an interesting incite into heart failure which was explained in detail but very understandable. 

The questions asked from the group were quite intellectual.

Dr Doug Haynes please come back soon.

Brian thanked Jane for providing and setting up the equipment for Dr Haynes' presentation


Linda could not be present as she is on holiday.  Unfortunately while on holiday Linda broke her wrist.  We don't yet know the details.


Wednesday August 10th


This meeting has been cancelled, as of last year.  We look forward to seeing you at the October group meeting!!!


Wednesday October 12th

This meeting will be the "Annual General Meeting" and by popular demand, the Cheese & Wine' evening will follow; soft drinks will also be available.


This lovely message & photo was sent to me by Jane Macbryde.


I would like to thank the Committee and all the members for their generous donation to Noahs Ark, in memory of Tasha.

Noahs Ark is a charity, based in Worcester that helps and supports bereaved children.  They were excellent at Tasha's school, helping all the children and Teachers especially her best friends who have had counselling from them. They have received £1,700 in memory of Tasha.

I would also like to thank all of you who have given personally, not just in terms of a donation, but for your love and support for me, which really means a great deal.  Thank you.

Thank you Jane!!!

Self  C.P.R. 


What are you to do if you have a heart attack while you are alone?

The Johnson City Medical Centre staff actually discovered this and did an in-depth study on it in our ICU the two individuals that discovered this then did an article on it. Had it published and have even had it incorporated into ACLS and CPR classes.

It is very true and has and does work. It is called cough CPR. A cardiologist says it's the truth. 

Read this...It could save your life! Let's say its 6:15 pm and you're driving home (alone of course), after a usually hard day on the job. You're really tired, upset and frustrated.  Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital. Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far.

What can you do? You've been trained in CPR but the guy that taught the course didn't tell you what to do if it happened to yourself.

Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, this article seemed to be in order. Without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.

 However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about very two seconds without let up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.

 Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital. 


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The main thing wrong with the younger generation is,

we aren't in it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Table & chairs


The table and chairs which the group donated to the CCU/ward six, have been gratefully received. I have been asked to send a big thank you to the committee and group members, from patients and staff.

They look great in the newly weeded garden.

(Brian did say he had heard they are really for the staff, so they can go out for a cigarette.)


Drink Tea

Whether the tea is black, green or white, as long as it comes from the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, it will be rich in polyphenols, the antioxidants that fight free radicals and protect the heart from damage.  Tea has up to ten times the amount of polyphenols found in fruit and veg.  Latest research found that regular tea drinkers who had two cups or more per day had less heart disease, lower cholesterol levels and recovered from heart attacks faster.  Adding milk to your tea does not affect antioxidant levels.

Asda Cholesterol lowering Blueberry yoghurt drink.

Each drink contains the equivalent to 2g of plant steroids.

They also contain yoghurt, fruit stabilizers and natural favouring.

Expert comment: "These are wonderful little products.  One drink provided 2g of plant sterol needed for cholesterol reduction.  Take after a meal every day for cholesterol reduction lowering benefits.  A cheap and effective option, they also provide protein, calcium and probiotics".

Tai Chi

According to the University of California the ancient Chinese discipline of Tai Chi can lift depression in older people.

Depression among older adults is an increasing problem, yet about half the cases go undiagnosed and untreated. With Tai Chi depression may be treated without being exposed to additional medications.  It can also help with more overall energy, increased memory and cognitive function.


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