This is the second installment in a series that explores the #1 KILLER in the United States, aka heart disease, myocardial infarction, heart attack. Here, we explore some of the preventive tactics that can come into play.
Right. It bears repeating. If you hear someone utter, “I feel like I got hit by a truck, bus, plane, or any other large-sized vehicle or object,” do not allow their words fall on deaf or dawdling ears. Seek medical attention, and immediately! And in case your idea of immediately differs than mine, let me just clarify: get in the car and drive to a clinic within the hour. Don't hit the slopes, don't take your child to basketball practice, don't finish your Instagram post, don't even jump in the shower to freshen up.
As the flu season looms above our heads in anxious repose, awaiting the ripe moment to swoop down and peck at our routine comforts, let's be vigilant this season and fight back with all we've got! Harmony, let's kick the flu in the keister! Already, we've had H1N1--popularly called "Swine Flu" after the 2009 epidemic that killed 12,000+ individuals in the United States--take the lives of 8-yr old Felipe Gómez Alonzo and 26-yr old journalist Bre Payton. So just as Edward Petrossi says, "Woah, this is serious, don't do that, I have enough experience to handle you," let’s too handle the flu.
When it comes to the flu, there are still hundreds of competing myths and conspiracy theories. All I can do is relay my own experience. In 2009, I was a junior resident at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and countless patients were admitted onto my service with respiratory symptoms. That year, I was heartbroken to see a 33-year old woman leave behind three children and a 50-year old man lose the battle also before the pandemic would be declared over. In less than 18 weeks, the Swine Flu wreaked devastation on modern society comparable to the medically archaic times of the 1918 pandemic, which had an estimated death toll of 50 million across the globe. So what are we to believe? That there are government containment programs attempting to control us through vaccination protocols, or what we see with our own eyes--the death and destruction left by influenza year after year? Despite my seeming sarcasm, I do believe it is difficult to trust another sometimes, but in my case, let me tell you that I always get vaccinated early on and make sure my family does too.
Harmony, you have to decide for yourself which way you lean, but as we await this year's flu season, let me share my top ten suggestions to minimize its impact on our community:
Influenza virus is a rapidly mutating bug of mass destruction that has evaded human control for many decades, but there is some good news on the horizon as research institutions across the world work on generating vaccines that are more potent against this deadly critter. Currently, there are many strains of flu with varying severity. Ideally, we would create one vaccine to handicap the virus once and for all! In addition, there is a new line of medication approved for use against influenza by the FDA earlier this year, called Xofluza.
So you see, it's not all doom and gloom with this influenza expose. Let's band together, let's practice prevention, let's kick influenza arse...let's SAVE A LIFE!!!
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