LsFarm wrote:I don't think this was a personal attack.. more of a different viewpoint..I certainly didn't mean it to be personal except for my suggestion about letting it go for your health's sake.
OK Greg.....I'll accept your statement about not intending to voice a personal attack, but it's kinda difficult to read ..." in your rabid, foaming at the mouth hatred for all that is current and or republican".... as impersonal.
Accepting the fact that we are both human beings, capable of & even given to "enthusiastically" presenting our opinions from time to time, let's move on.
My heart problem is known as Atrial Fibrillation & my doc has assured me that this condition, which has been resolved, is neither brought on by or aggrivated by stress. It is simply an electrical problem & below is a list of various possible causes:From a medical journal:
While in many cases, the cause of Atrial Fibrillation is unknown, there are a number of conditions that can lead to AF, including:
* Chronic lung conditions: Individuals with emphysema, asthma, pulmonary blood clots are at greater risk for developing AF.
* Coronary artery disease (CAD): A condition in which the arteries that supply blood to the heart become constricted and/or clogged.
* Excessive alcohol use: Excessive alcohol use acts as a toxin on the heart and may lead to AF.
* Exposure to heart stimulants: Over-the-counter (OTC) medications, alcohol, caffeine and tobacco increase heart rate and can lead to AF.
* Family history: AF tends to run in families. A person who has a parent with AF has an increased risk of developing it.
* Having heart surgery: AF also occurs in as many as 50 percent of patients undergoing cardiac operations.
* Heart Failure: A condition in which the heart’s main pumping chamber does not pump blood normally. An estimated 25 percent of heart failure patients also have AF.
* Hypertension: High blood pressure may directly cause Atrial Fibrillation, in addition to other conditions that can cause AF, such as coronary artery disease. Individually, AF and hypertension are risk factors for stroke. When both are present, the risk factor for stroke increases greatly.
* Inflammation of the heart: Pericarditis, a condition in which the tissue that surrounds the heart (pericardium) becomes inflamed, can irritate the atria and lead to AF.
* Pulmonary disease: A condition in which a blood clot develops in the legs and travels to the lungs. This can sometimes trigger AF.
* Structural heart defects: Abnormalities in the heart’s structure are the most common cause of AF. In addition, damage to the heart valves can cause the atria to enlarge and lead to AF.
* Thyroid disease: A condition in which thyroid hormones are elevated due to an overactive thyroid gland. This can increase the risk of AF.
* Viral infection: In rare instances, viral infections can weaken the heart structure and lead to AF.
Family History would seem to be the culprit in my case but I do appreciate your concern, which I know from our many PM's is genuine.
With regard to this statement
LsFarm wrote:But the problem with the socialist national healthcare systems is highlighted by our forum member's personal experiences.. I don't wish a national health care system upon my worst enemy... they just don't work.
This system has worked fine for our Armed Forces, Congress & White House for over 200 years & works very well in many other democracies on this planet, whose health care is rated higher than ours in this country.
LsFarm wrote:Sorry if you took this as a personal attack.. but I do see you getting so worked up over the election, the Republicans. GWB, and you have this heart problem.. I really do see one aggravating the other.. I don't agree with your politics,, but I DO care about you and your health.
Apology accepted & I think it's important for informed, sincere, well intentioned citizens to be able to express their opinions in any democracy & the fact that we disagree politically only makes for a livelier, more enjoyable debate. (it would be pretty boring if our posts read like this: "You are so right Greg"....followed by...."No, you are more right than I am Dick!")
The numbers of forum members we "Win Over" with our arguments is not the point. If just one of our arguments makes another member think over his position or possibly reevaluate his/her stance on a particular issue, the debate has achieved a purpose.
My point is that we should try to keep things in perspective & avoid unnecessary personal attacks which always just detracts from the debate.
We are all here, first & foremost because we like to assist each other with our coal heating questions & problems & the fact that we additionally pass the down-time by engaging in (sometimes lively) "Off Topic" discussions only adds to the "Family" feeling here.