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Updated: July 29, 2013 10:01AM

Women and
their hearts

During American Heart month, I wanted to remind women that although men have heart attacks and strokes more often than women, the mortality rate from cardiovascular disease for women is higher? Why? The symptoms for heart attack and stroke are often different in women, and women often aren’t aware they’re in any danger.

According to the American Heart Association, heart attack symptoms in women include:

An uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.

Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptoms is chest pain or discomfort. But women are more likely than men to also experience some of the other common symptoms listed above, especially shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

I hope this information helps. Another resource for reliable health information about your risk for heart attack or stroke is your local physician or healthcare provider. On Feb. 23, Valley West is hosting an annual women’s health event, This One’s For the Girls, where you’ll also be able to pick up great health information, participate in screenings, and have a little fun, too. You can find out more about the event at

Dr. Jamie Broekhuizen

KishHealth Physician Group, Sandwich

On road to voter fraud

Ahhhh, the plot thickens. Kudos to Gov. Quinn for getting the “drivers’ licenses for illegals” program put into place. The timing appears to have been impeccable.

As I scanned the news this morning, I came across a rather interesting article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution entitled, “Lewis-backed bill would automatically register most to vote.” Great! The more folks who get registered, the more likely they are to actually get up off of their behinds and go vote on election day, right? If you don’t have the gumption to register for yourself, and the government steps forward and says, hey, we’ll do it for you, why not show up to cast your vote, eh?

OK, fine and dandy, but how are they going to register people automatically? How are they going to know if the names on the list are adults or under-aged children? According to Lewis’ bill, the government will just use the names they find “…on existing records held by departments of motor vehicles, public assistance programs and other databases…”

Department of Motor Vehicles? You mean they’ll use all the names of those folks who have been issued drivers’ licenses? And they’ll be automatically registered to vote, no questions asked?

Thanks, Mr. Governor, for ensuring that the massive voter fraud problem that currently exists in this country grows exponentially.

John Babush

Big Rock

Founders on guns

Letter writer David Ruhl stated that according to his interpretation of the Second Amendment (the beginning of which he ironically misquoted while at the same time chiding “gun lovers” for never quoting it), only government-controlled militia are guaranteed the right to bear arms.

I would suggest that Mr. Ruhl rely instead on the writings of the Founding Fathers to fully understand the purpose of this amendment. Thomas Jefferson stated that “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms”. James Madison stated that “Americans have the right and advantage of being armed”. Richard Lee claimed that a properly formed militia “..are in fact the people themselves... and include all men capable of bearing arms.” Samuel Adams stated the “The Constitution shall never be construed... to prevent the people... from keeping their own arms”.

The right to bear arms was instituted as protection not only against foreign enemies, as Mr. Ruhl correctly points out, but also against a tyrannical federal government and its potential use of the military against its own citizens. Madison contrasted America to European kingdoms that did not trust an armed citizenry, and used the amendment as assurance that the advantage of being armed meant that Americans need not fear their government.

Steve Beckle


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