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Lala Kent’s Fiance Heads to Hospital With Heart Attack Symptoms Amid 50 Cent Feud

Lala Kent’s fiancé, Randall Emmett, headed to the hospital with chest pain amid the couple’s feud with 50 Cent.

According to a text message conversation posted by the rapper on Instagram on Friday, April 26, the movie producer was having health issues as their disagreement — over Kent and money — escalated.

“I said I’m sorry fofty [sic] I’m heading to emergency room Im not doing well Please don’t text me anymore,” Emmett, 48, wrote according to the screen grab. “This is too much for me I’m so hurt and not feeling well Now my ex is f–king with me after your post this is very bad for me on all levels going to er to make sure not having heart attack. Please fifty no more.”

As Us Weekly previously reported, the Vanderpump Rules star, 28, and the “Candy Shop” rapper, 43, got into a NSFW exchange on Instagram over the story of how she and Emmett first got together. 50 Cent posted a video of Kent telling costar Stassi Schroeder that Emmett sent her a car after “the first night we banged.”

The rapper, who starred in and coproduced the series Power with Emmett, captioned the video, “10 seconds left in the 4 quarter hoe’s are Winning. Do you want A range rover, yes, bitch yassss. Then just run out and suck a d–k. LOL smh.”

Kent — who got engaged to Emmett in September 2018, less than a year after they went public with their relationship — fired back in comments with, “She swears she’s a thug from south side Jamaica queens & she’s up in here watching Bravo. Someone has forgotten where they come from. Coming for me on the gram!? I smell fish coming from fifty’s direction.”

Lala Kent’s Fiance Randall Emmett Heads to Hospital With Heart Attack Symptoms Amid 50 Cent Feud
Randall Emmett and 50 Cent attend the House of Hype LIVEstyle Lounge on January 22, 2011 in Park City, Utah. Rodney Itier/WireImage

50 Cent claimed in his post that Emmett owes him a million dollars and he wants “the rest” of it by Monday.

In a second post on Friday night, he shared a screen grab of another text message exchange with Emmett, in which the Hollywood honcho said of Kent, “She is my fiancé and I asked you to be in My wedding last week.”

“What the f—k would you want me in your wedding for,” 50 Cent wrote back. “Like I ain’t got s—t else to do.”

He added in a caption that Emmett “sent me 250k today but I want all my money Monday,” adding, “if he ain’t got it he can put his Rolls Royce on the truck to NY.The friend s—t is over rated.”

On Saturday, April 27, the rapper shared a photo that showed the producer taking a selfie at an awards show as 50 Cent stood in the background and wrote, “look at this fool taking selfies, you better get me my money fool.”

Us Weekly has reached out to Emmett and Kent’s reps for comment.

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Building a Cardiac Program With Heart

With warm, dry seasonal weather on the way, David Ford knew it would soon be time to refresh the vast gardens in his yard, and tend to his certified wildlife sanctuary of bobcats, bears, birds, bees, and other creatures.

But, he also knew that if he was going to help his wife, Phi, with the heavy lifting on their outdoor projects, it was time to get serious about the chest pain he had been self-medicating with over-the-counter antacids.

David visited his Kaiser Permanente primary care physician and a cardiologist, who referred him to Yong Shin, MD, chief of cardiovascular surgery at Kaiser Permanente Northwest Center for Heart and Vascular Care in Clackamas, Oregon. David underwent numerous tests so his care team could identify the source of the problem and recommend a treatment that would give him the best outcome.

Trusted expertise

As a retired health care executive, David felt out of his comfort zone in his new role as a patient — but he and Phi did their homework. They were pleased to learn that Dr. Shin had attended Cornell University and trained at Harvard Medical School before leading the launch in 2009 of Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s heart surgery program.

“We learned that Dr. Shin is committed to providing the least intervention possible,” says David. “That resonated with us in a good way.”

The procedure that Dr. Shin performed on David — known as coronary artery bypass grafting — involves removing an artery from the patient’s chest, arm, or leg and creating a detour to improve blood supply to the heart muscle. Patients are usually placed on a heart-lung machine (also called “on-pump”), which permits the surgeon to temporarily stop the heart, and resume it once the graft is completed.

David Ford and his wife, Phi.

David and Phi have more healthy years together thanks to life-saving care from Dr. Yong Shin and team.

Phi said, “When Dr. Shin and Dr. Phillip Lund (anesthesiologist) came out to talk to me in the waiting room, they each had a huge grin and were jumping for joy. I was so relieved, I slept for 9 straight hours!”

A world-class heart surgery program

Building the Northwest’s top-rated heart program took time, dedication, and heart. In Dr. Shin’s words, “We looked at what would be best for patients and their families, and we put them at the center of all our decisions. We created a program where we would feel confident sending our own loved ones.”

He attributes the program’s success to a rigorous focus on multidisciplinary care, evidence-based medicine, recruiting top talent, and teamwork.


“We make every stitch a masterpiece. When patients trust us with their lives, we are obligated to do our very best.”

— Yong Shin, MD

As for multidisciplinary care, Dr. Shin calls out several specialists that form a patient’s care team, such as surgeons, cardiologists, critical care doctors, hospitalists, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, care coordinators, social workers, physical therapists, respiratory therapists … and the list goes on. “Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes an entire hospital to have a successful heart program,” he said.

David is grateful for the entire “village” who cared for him, from pre-admission all the way through discharge and follow-up. “All the pieces were knitted together to form a team that functioned flawlessly. This says a lot about the integrity — and the uniqueness — of the program that Dr. Shin and his team have built.”

A privilege and a blessing

Dr. Shin believes Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Heart and Vascular Care has achieved — and maintained — clinical excellence because, “We focus on giving the best care possible to our patients. We make every stitch a masterpiece. When patients trust us with their lives, we are obligated to do our very best.

“It’s a privilege and a blessing to come to work every day because I know that I have a 100% chance of helping somebody,” he said.

Learn more about cardiac care at Kaiser Permanente at kp.org/cardiac/northwest.

Accolades and Awards

Kaiser Permanente’s accolades underscore the highest category of quality, and place Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas, Oregon, among the elite for these surgeries in the United States and Canada.

  • Three stars (the highest rating) from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for patient care and outcomes in coronary artery bypass grafting (for 9 straight years), aortic valve replacement, and mitral valve repair/replacement.
  • A 3-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for patient care and lung cancer resection outcomes.
  • In 2018, Consumer Reports named Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center one of just 18 hospitals in the country to earn top scores in coronary artery bypass grafting and in aortic valve replacement

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February is Heart Health Awareness Month, a time to remind ourselves that heart conditions can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.

Steve Peters, a 57-year-old game designer from Culver City, California, is a perfect example. Last year, he began to find it difficult to do the things he enjoyed, such as riding his bike to the beach. Even climbing stairs became a challenge.

“I was getting out of breath very easily, and just assumed it was because I was overweight and out of shape,” Peters said.

Peters suffered from high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, but said those conditions were under control with medication and that shortness of breath was not something he had experienced before.

One day, he was walking home from lunch with friends and had to stop 6 times to catch his breath. “My chest was tight; it felt like I was having a heart attack,” he recalled.

Within a week, Peters ended up in the intensive care unit at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, where a sonogram of his heart and chest revealed one liter of fluid surrounding his heart. After a procedure to extract the fluid around his heart, Peters said: “I immediately felt 100 percent better, like a Ferrari engine had been put in me.”

After this health scare, his cardiologist, Jennifer Nguyen, MD, worked with him to implement lifestyle changes to further reduce his risk of having a heart attack.

“Based on his risk factors, I told him that he is at increased risk of having a heart attack and needed to make a major lifestyle change,” Dr. Nguyen said.

Since Peters had struggled to lose weight in the past, Dr. Nguyen recommended he adopt a plant-based diet, which he has been adhering to since last June. He already has lost 25 pounds and hopes to lose 25 more.

“My type 2 diabetes is turning around, and my bloodwork is finally in the normal range,” Peters said, adding he hopes to get off some of his medications soon. “I’m not the kind of guy who likes to count calories, but it has been easier than I thought to avoid meat, dairy, and processed sugar.” He noted that he allows himself a few “cheat days” every now and then.

Peters is taking charge of his health, and encourages others to do the same.

“What I learned over the last year is that if something doesn’t feel right, don’t be shy about it,” he said. “Don’t ignore it! Bring up your concerns to your doctor. They can only act on the information you give them.”

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Kaiser Permanente Northwest Rated Among Top Heart Surgery Programs Nationwide for Key Heart Procedures

PORTLAND, Ore. — Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center has earned a distinguished three-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for its patient care and outcomes in aortic valve replacement (AVR), coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and mitral valve repair/replacement (MVRR). The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places KSMC among the elite for these surgeries in the United States and Canada.

“The bar for achieving a three-star rating is exceptionally high, and to earn it nine years in a row, as our program has, requires that every one of our doctors, nurses and staff is vigilant about providing the highest levels of quality, safety and compassionate care — for every patient, every time,” said Yong Shin, MD, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at KSMC. “The STS three-star rating is widely considered the most prestigious in our field, because the STS database is largest of its kind with rigorous statistical analysis that is peer-reviewed.”

Historically, approximately 6-10 percent of participants receive the three-star rating for isolated CABG surgery, and approximately 4-8 percent of participants receive the three-star rating for isolated AVR surgery. This is the first time STS has published a rating for MVRR surgery.

The STS star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs in the United States and Canada. The star rating is calculated using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant.

The latest analysis of data for surgery covers a three-year period, from July 2015 to June 2018 and includes nearly 2,300 participants.

“The Society of Thoracic Surgeons congratulates STS National Database participants who have received three-star ratings,” said David M. Shahian, MD, chair of the STS Council on Quality, Research, and Patient Safety. “Participation in the database and public reporting demonstrates a commitment to quality improvement in health care delivery and provides patients and their families with meaningful information to help them make informed decisions about health care.”

The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The database comprises: the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD), the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD), and the mechanical circulatory support database (Intermacs). The STS ACSD houses approximately 6.6 million surgical records and gathers information from more than 3,800 participating physicians, including surgeons and anesthesiologists from more than 90 percent of hospitals that perform heart surgery in the United States. STS public reporting online enables STS ACSD participants to voluntarily report to each other and the public their heart surgery scores and star ratings.

Learn more about Kaiser Permanente’s approach to cardiac care.

About STS
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is a not-for-profit organization that represents more than 7,600 surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest. The Society’s mission is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.

*User note: An STS National Database “participant” is a cardiothoracic surgeon or group of cardiothoracic surgeons who agree to submit case records for analysis and comparison with benchmarking data for quality improvement initiatives. At the option of the surgeon or surgical group, the Participant can include a hospital and/or associated anesthesiologists (ACSD and CHSD).

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to kp.org/share.

 

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Go Red: How To Make Sure You Have Heart Health

Dr. Icilma Fergus is a cardiologist at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, known as Dr. Icy. She and Debora Grandison share the importance of February American Heart Health Month and what you can do to keep your heart healthy.

HEART DISEASE IS THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF WOMEN. WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN SOMEONE HAS CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE?

DR. ICY: No matter what you call it – heart disease, cardiovascular disease, or coronary heart disease – cardiovascular disease means there is a plaque buildup in the walls of your arteries.

When arteries narrow, it becomes more difficult for blood to flow and creates a risk for heart attack or stroke.

Irregular heartbeat or heart valve problems can also cause a heart disease diagnosis.

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO LIVE WITH CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE? 

DEBORA: I am actually living with several cardiovascular issues, including atrial fibrillation, or aFib, which basically means I have an irregular heart beat. I was just 27 when all of this started for me and ended up in intensive care because my heart rate tripled.

It took 20 years before I got an accurate diagnosis, and today, I have an insulin pump and a pacemaker to help me live with cardiovascular disease.

I’ve been able to take what I’m dealing with and turn into positive. I make sure to exercise daily and educate myself on the proper ways to eat.

WHAT CAUSES IT AND WHY DOES HEART DISEASE IMPACT WOMEN OF COLOR, AND BLACK WOMEN IN PARTICULAR, DISPROPORTIONATELY?

DR. ICY: Debora is not alone: about half of Black women have some form of cardiovascular disease.

Black women tend to have higher rates of being overweight and diabetes, which puts them at greater risk for high blood pressure and heart disease.

Among all women, Black women are less likely to engage in physical activity. Other risk factors include cholesterol management, smoking and being cognizant of a family history of heart disease for early action. These are among the prevalent risk factors for Black women and may result in heart disease and stroke but can be helped with appropriate lifestyle changes.

CAN IT BE PREVENTED?

DR. ICY: The good news is that yes, about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Some risk factors, like age, gender and family history are, unfortunately, out of our control, but others we can treat or manage, like physical activity and eating habits.

WHAT ABOUT CHOLESTEROL??

DR. ICY: The American Heart Association recommends you start getting your cholesterol checked at age 20, or earlier, if your family has a history of heart disease.

TELL US ABOUT THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION’S INITIATIVE “GO RED FOR WOMEN”:

DEBORA: The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® movement is the trusted, passionate, relevant force for change to end heart disease and stroke in women all over the world. While nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women.

For 15 years, Go Red for Women has provided a platform for women to come together, raise awareness, fund lifesaving research, advocate for change and improve the lives of all women everywhere. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by CVS Health, with additional support from national cause supporters. Connect with us on GoRedforWomen.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-888-MY-HEART (1- 888-694-3278).

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST IS A SPECIAL DAY. WHAT ARE YOU ASKING PEOPLE TO DO AS AMERICAN HEART MONTH KICKS OFF?

DEBORA: Yes, indeed! Friday, February 1st is National Wear Red Day. We encourage everyone to WEAR RED for awareness. GIVE for the mothers, sisters  and friends that you can’t  bear to live without. SHARE #WearRedAndGive on social media.

THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HAS ITS OWN SUPPORT GROUP MADE UP OF HEART DISEASE AND STROKE SURVIVORS. WHERE CAN THEY GET MORE INFORMATION?

DEBORA: We certainly do – we have an amazing community for support, sharing and inspiration to be active and fit, called #GoRedGetFit.

The Facebook group is made possible by our national supporter Macy’s and helps women stay on track with fitness and nutrition goals through quarterly challenges and educational tools.

Join the 20K women who are taking charge of their heart health. It’s easy to join.  Just open Facebook and search #GoRedGetFit. Select the public group and click “Join.”

HOW CAN WOMEN GET THEIR HEART CHECKED?
DEBORA: Go Red for Women’s national sponsor CVS Health is offering heart health screenings at no cost every Thursday in February at MinuteClinics nationwide to help women better understand their risk for heart disease.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS OF HEART DISEASE?

DR. ICY: Symptoms can vary between men and women.

For example, women having a heart attack may experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. Other symptoms women should look out for are dizziness, feeling lightheaded or fainting, pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen and extreme fatigue.

IS HEART DISEASE HEREDIATRY?

DR. ICY: Women with a family history of heart disease are at higher risk, but women should not get comfortable in thinking that there is no one else in their family with heart disease – given the novel risk factors and  lifestyles, heart disease is still possible but  there’s plenty one  can do to dramatically reduce it like getting regular exercise and eating healthy.

Dr. Icilma V. Fergus, MD is Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Cardiovascular Disparities at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Prior to that she served as Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Harlem Hospital Center. Her undergraduate and graduate education were at Barnard College, Columbia University and SUNY Downstate. She completed her residency and chief residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center.

Dr. Fergus is also Mrs. Rowe, wife to Robert Rowe and mother to three lovely children Orion, Arianne and RJ. She has been featured in several magazines newspapers and shows including Girl Friends Magazine, Heart and Soul, New York Daily News and “Being Black in America: CNN series Part 1”. You can find her on twitter @icilmafergusrow, Linkedin, instagram or Facebook and visit the website http://www.healthyheartseries.org

 

 

Debora Grandison is a 30-year survivor of both heart disease and diabetes and is living life to the fullest with an insulin pump and a pacemaker.

Grandison is very passionate about sharing her journey to educate and advocate others, to save lives and feels privileged to have been selected for the American Heart Associations’ Go Red for Women Nation “Real Women” class of 2019.

Debora serves as a volunteer speaker for the American Heart Association’s Volunteer Committee, The AHA Speaker’s Bureau and The AHA You’re The Cure Advocacy Team. 

Dr. Fergus answers your ‘Text Tom’ questions on the next page. 

TEXT TOM QUESTIONS

Q: What are the symptoms for men?

A: The symptoms for men tend to be more typical –chest pressure, heaviness on the chest ( as if an elephant sitting on the chest, pain radiating down the left arm. This may or may not be accompanied by palpitations and sob. Men may also present with vague symptoms, especially if they have diabetes.

Q: What are steps can be taken for prevention?

A: Prevention is most effectively achieved by managing risk factors – healthy lifestyle intervention is first and foremost. Also it is very important to control blood pressure, weight, diabetes and nutrition. It is important to stay physically active and not smoke. It is important to follow up with health care providers early on especially if there is a family history. The American Heart Association states that heart disease is 80% preventable.

Q: What is considered an elevated heart rate? Should I be concerned with a resting rate 80 that spikes to 125?

A: A normal heart rate or normal sinus rhythm is a heart rate between 60 and 100. Anything above this is considered sinus tachycardia.

Q: Dr., with all these recalls on blood pressure medicine, do you recommend adding apple cider vinegar to keep blood pressure in check?

A: I would say consult with your healthcare provider and pharmacy. The recall has to do with contaminants in the production of the medication and not the medicine itself. There are many alternatives. The apple cider vinegar is great for many things but may have side effects as well such as heart burn or acid reflux.

Q: Dr. Fergus, I was 22 (Black female) when I was diagnosed with a fast heart rate called SVT (Superventrical Tachycardia) but doctors are still all over the place trying to really figure it out. Could this heart condition eventually turn into a cardiovascular disease? I have all the symptoms that were mentioned even while on 2 different beta blockers.

A: SVT has several forms and it depends on which kind you have. You should see a sub-specialist cardiologist called an electrophysiologist who can diagnose and treat. Options may be a beta blocker, calcium channel blocker, an anti-arrhythmic or ablation.

Q: I now have what’s called a heart block. I’m 52. It’s where the electricity in my heart is not getting to the bottom of my heart in a normal manner. My doctor has no idea why I have if. So we’re in the learning discovery phase. The worst case scenario after all testing Is done is I may have to get a small pacer maker. But I passed the stress test on the treadmill.. I blew that out the water. He told me to continue to work out and eat properly.  Is this common in African-American women?

A: Heart block can be congenital (born with it) or from various factors ( an infiltrative condition such as sarcoid, amyloid or an infection such as Lyme disease or chagas). Certain medications or certain anatomy of the heart could also be causative. A sub-specialist cardiologist called an electrophysiologist can diagnose and treat.

I am glad that you did great on the stress test which means your “plumbing” or coronaries are fine. It is the electrical system of your heart that has to be evaluated. This condition is not unique to African-American women.

Q: I had so much pain in my right shoulder that after an MRI I was diagnosed with arthritis. But I also have HBP and constantly feel an upset stomach. Do I need to be concerned about my heart?

A: Anyone who has blood pressure elevations should be checked out to ensure that the heart is stable. An echocardiogram and an EKG would be helpful to start with.

Q: If I wanted to get a cardiological checkup where do I start in order to do preventative work?

A: You can have your primary perform an EKG, you  may be referred to a cardiologist to decide which further testing if any is needed. Deciding on what testing depends on your risk factors and symptoms.

Q: I have AFIB and taking carvedilol 6.25mg, Entresto and Eliqis. Sometimes I get pain in my left arm – elbow to shoulder. It feels like arthritis cause it only happens when it’s about to rain or get cold. I’ve lost 45 pounds and watch what I eat. Is this normal? I’m taking my meds twice a day.

A: If you are taking Entresto, it seems that you may have congestive heart failure as well. You should have had a diagnosis of ischemia ruled out already ( with a stress test, CT angiogram or cardiac cath). If these tests are negative, then you may indeed have arthritis as a cause of your left arm symptoms.

Q: Dr. Icy, I have all symptoms except the back pain. I know I have asthma, allergies, acid reflux, and I am classified as obese (ht 5”8″; wt 273). Diabetes is in family but fortunately, I don’t have it. I am going to a pulmonary doctor in February to see if I have sleep apnea.

I have had a stress test and came back fine. Should I go and see any other specialist to make sure they are looking at everything? How do I know if I don’t have heart issues? Sometimes I have squeezing in my chest then when I take deep breath in it pops loose. Doesn’t happen frequently.

A:  Have you been evaluated by a cardiologist? A cardiac CT ( CTA) may be helpful out coronary artery disease

Q: Why is heart disease only in African-American women & what percentage of Black do you have to be in order to be a statistic or to get heart disease?

A: Cardiovascular disease affects all women, it is the #1 killer of women. Unfortunately, many women who are African-American may not recognize the symptoms, or may not have early diagnosis. This may contribute to  more advanced conditions when the person is finally seen and evaluated.

Q: How can you tell if the numbness in your left hand and arm is an indication of heart disease or just carpal tunnel?

A: You should have an evaluation by your primary doctor and then be referred to a cardiologist if necessary. If you have cardiovascular risk factors, heart disease should be excluded as it is life-threatening and carpal tunnel syndrome is not.

Q: Dr. Icy, I’ve been having muscle pain and spasms in my upper left arm and shoulder. Is this a concern?

A: While it may simply be musculoskeletal, please have an evaluation to ensure that there are no other underlying concerns that are missed. This is especially important if you have a family history of heart disease or any of the cardiovascular risk factors.

Q: My wife was diagnosed with enlarged heart what can we do?

A: Was the diagnosis made by an EKG, or echo, if so, I suggest making an appointment for a heart specialist to decide on whether treatment or observation.

Q: I was diagnosed 10 years ago with A-Fib. I do not take a blood thinner. I am a vegan and I exercise 30 minutes a day a minimum of 5 days a week. Lately I found myself to be very tired. What can I take to increase my energy level or not feel so tired?

A: Atrial fibrillation predisposes to clot formation, hence the recommendation for blood thinners. There is a score (CHADS VASC score) which predicts the risk of getting a stroke or similar condition. I would suggest go in for a check up (blood tests and assessment to see if you are still in afib or have sequela from clot formation).

Q: Please ask the Dr. why when I take my BP meds my head hurts when I wake from a dream.

A: Perhaps you could be tried on different blood pressure  medications. Some may have the side effect of headache for you, or it could be other medications that you are on. Have all of your medication bottles with you when you go in for a visit with your doctor.

Q: Doc what about tingling of the right arm starting with the fingers straight up to the elbow is that a concern?. I went to my doctor he told me to get a brace

A: Get a second opinion if you are still symptomatic, tingling could be the result of other conditions ( spinal compression, other neurological condition etc).

 

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Basketball Dad Gets an Assist From Mechanical Heart Pump

Keith Childs’ condition was touch and go when he first met Barbara Amos, RN.

“He was probably about a month away from the end of his life, in a chair in the ICU attached to multiple pumps,” said the clinical nurse specialist, who manages the Ventricular Assist Device Program for Kaiser Permanente in Oregon and Southern Washington.

Childs had heart failure, a condition in which the heart is too weak to pump enough blood and oxygen to the organs.

“It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest,” he recalled.

Beating the odds

Some 5.7 million adults in the U.S. have heart failure. Half will die within 5 years of diagnosis.

The ventricular assist device, or “VAD,” is a promising treatment. The mechanical pump is implanted in the heart to help the left chamber pump blood.

“It gives a second chance to patients who have a heart that’s just too weak to sustain life,” said Yong Shin, MD, chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Kaiser Permanente in the Northwest.

While the ventricular assist device has been shown to improve survival and quality of life, VAD therapy is complex and high-risk. Kaiser Permanente launched its program with a team-based approach and detailed care plans designed to improve patient outcomes.

The results have been impressive.

“For the past 4 years, we’ve not had a death within 12 months of VAD implant,” said Timothy Jacobson, MD, chief of Cardiology. “Current mortality rates (at other medical centers) are 10, 15 or even 20 percent.”

Nearly 4 years after receiving his VAD, Keith Childs is “healthy, fabulous, raising his kids, being a basketball dad and working,” said Amos.

“They saved my life,” said Childs. “My kids are very grateful.”

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We Heart: The New Video for Jennifer Hudson’s Feminist Anthem “I’ll Fight”

The hard-won victories of the feminist movement came after years of struggle by activists and trailblazing leaders from the streets to the halls of power. Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe Award winner Jennifer Hudson celebrates their work in the new music video for her single “I’ll Fight.”

The video for the feminist anthem, written for the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG, combines video footage of women’s rights marches from the last decades with clips of Ginsburg articulating the urgency of equality in court. Its lyrics are a powerful celebration not just of champions like Ginsburg, but of the sisterhood that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with them when they raise their fists.

“When you feel you’re taking all that you can take, and you’re sure you’re never gonna catch a break, when it’s dangerous,” Hudson sings, “I will be the one to help you carry it.” Diane Warren, who wrote the song’s lyrics, told CNN that it was “an honor to write a song about such a badass, inspiring, and iconic woman”—and “a dream-come-true” to have Hudson bring it to life.

The video comes months after the song’s initial release as a tribute to everyone who voted in the midterm elections to speak truth to power and send historic numbers of women to Congress and statehouses next year. “Even though the election has ended,” Warren declared to Rolling Stone, “the fight isn’t over.”

Miranda Martin is a feminist writer and activist and an editorial intern at Ms. She has written for a variety of publications and been published by The Unedit and Project Consent. Miranda recently graduated from University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a major in Interpersonal Communications and a double minor in Creative Writing and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She loves to travel, read, exercise and daydream about the fall of the patriarchy.

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Even When Not In Rome, Eat A Mediterranean Diet To Cut Heart Disease Risk

Once again, your mother was right. You really do need to eat your vegetables. And while you are at it, put down the bacon and pick up the olive oil, because new research supports the contention that switching to a Mediterranean diet could significantly decrease the risk of heart disease.

According to a study published Friday in JAMA Network Open, people who followed this type of diet had 25 percent less risk of developing cardiovascular disease over the course of 12 years.

The diet’s components make sense to anyone who follows nutrition news. Avoid red meat in favor of “good” fats like fish and poultry. Swap out salt for herbs and spices. Ditch butter and margarine and opt for olive oil instead. Most important, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Nuts are good, so are whole grains. And, every once in a while, have a glass of red wine.

Since the 1950s, researchers have pointed out this diet’s possible cardiovascular benefits. More recently, it has been credited with addressing any number of ills, including Alzheimer’s disease, asthma and helping pregnant women control factors that lead to high-birth-weight babies and contribute to obesity risk factors as kids grow.

Until Friday’s study, though, no randomized trials had been conducted in the U.S. to determine this diet’s long-term effects. This research also sought to shed light on the molecular underpinnings of why.

The mechanisms by which the Mediterranean diet reduced cardiovascular disease “were sort of a black box,” said Shafqat Ahmad, the lead author of the paper and a researcher in the department of nutrition at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “We know it reduced cardiovascular risk,” he added, but the precise ways it had this effect over time “are not well understood.”

Ahmad and his co-authors, using a panel of nine biomarkers in blood tests, were able to isolate exactly why the diet reduces heart disease.

The three biggest biological mechanisms were changes in inflammation, blood sugar and body mass index.

Inflammation was the issue for Meg Grigoletti, a 23-year-old graduate student from New Jersey who switched to a Mediterranean diet when she was recovering from back surgery in 2014. Her doctors recommended it to reduce swelling, hoping it would ease the pain in her back and help her migraines.

“It’s more of a lifestyle than a diet,” Grigoletti said. “It taught me what food is good for me and what’s not.”

Researchers followed more than 25,000 women who were part of the Women’s Health Study, a survey of female health professionals older than 45. At the beginning of the study, participants completed a questionnaire on 131 different foods to assess their diets. They were then assigned different “MED scores” on a scale of 1 to 9, based on how closely they followed the Mediterranean diet.

There were three levels, people who scored between zero and 3 were on the low end, 4 to 5 was in the middle and 6 and up was categorized as a high intake of Mediterranean diet foods.

The participants’ cardiovascular health was then tracked for 12 years.

When all was said and done, those in the middle category saw a 23 percent reduction in risk, and the upper category had 28 percent less risk of cardiovascular disease.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — claiming about 600,000 lives each year. Coronary heart disease is the most common form, killing more than 370,000 people annually. Each year, about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack.

The authors pointed out that these findings do have limitations. For instance, the study relied on self-reported data, which isn’t always accurate — especially when it involves diet choices. The participants, all of whom were female health professionals, also might lean toward healthier behaviors than the rest of the population.

The results of the study weren’t a shock to Dr. Andrew Freeman, the director of cardiovascular prevention and wellness at National Jewish Health hospital in Denver. He wasn’t involved in the study but has been recommending a Mediterranean diet, or a similar version of it that emphasizes vegetables and fruit, to his patients for years.

“There’s a lot of noise out there, but the signal that’s been out there the longest is this kind of plant-based diet is the best.”

He also acknowledged that there is a lot of competing nutritional information swirling around the airwaves and the internet, which amounts to “a whole lot of hype” that makes healthy eating habits a difficult regimen for many consumers.

And doctors often don’t have clear information, either. “The vast majority of cardiologists and health providers in general have very little nutrition training,” Freeman said.

He switched to a mostly plant-based diet after his residency, and lost 35 pounds. He now recommends this approach to his patients, too. He said he has seen his patients’ conditions — heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes — improve.

“Nutrition and lifestyle medicine is the place where there’s a chance of a cure,” Freeman said.

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2 high blood pressure medications added to recall of heart drug

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Eat your heart out, Ed Hardy: See the new tattoo fashion trend

Tattoo motifs in fashion have come a long way since landing on the sartorial scene in the early ’00s. The tatted-up Ed Hardy T-shirt brand — loved and worn by countless “Jersey Shore” cast members — laid the ultra-bedazzled foundation. Ed had a significant reign as the top ink-graphic godfather no one could rival, until…
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How to Hustle with Your Heart

So much gets lost in the everyday hustle of getting things done as a professional or business owner. You know, the important things like compassion for yourself and others; taking the time to take deep breaths when you’re feeling anxious, upset, or overwhelmed; and being mindful about the energy that you put out into the world as well as the energy you receive.

Sounds like a lot, right? But those are the things that Claude Silver, chief heart officer at VaynerMedia, says are critical to becoming whole and ultimately successful whether you’re clocking in or signing checks. Simply put, it’s called heart. We met Silver at the Smart Hustle Small Business Conference where she spoke about hustling with your heart and she shared with us in further detail how people can do just that.

As chief heart officer, Silver oversees people operations at VaynerMedia, which includes but is not limited to being responsible for talent management, employee experience and retention, learning and development, coaching, culture, internal communications, and recruitment for over 750 employees. And with more than 20 years of experience in the marketing, media, and people operations, Silver knows a thing or two about cultivating strong leaders.

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Claude Silver, Chief Heart Officer, VaynerMedia (Photo: VaynerMedia)

She says that connection is the thread that weaves strong teams together in both large corporations and small businesses.

“Connection is key and when you’re going to hire people you want to make sure that you are hiring for skill set and culture addition. I don’t say culture fit anymore because that assumes that you and I are identical. And we’re not. But culture addition means that we add something to this culture whether it’s diversity of thought, ideas, or curiosity. Or, diversity in general.”

Connection can also be defined as heart. And that is one of the ways that she teaches people to hustle with their hearts.

“Connection builds trusts, builds empathy, and that all adds to teams that are resilient, accountable, and loyal,” says Silver. And it also builds character.

And what she says is just as important as connectedness is energy. While a lot of people like to focus on time management, Silver believes in energy management.

“We all have energy. The more and more that we’re aware of our energy we can know what we can afford to give and what we need to keep because we need to get through the day,” she added.

Managing your energy requires social and emotional intelligence. And when you embody that quality it is proven to help you become more efficient.

So, how can you hustle with your heart no matter what your title is? Good question. Here are three tips from Silver:

1. Actively listen.

Listen without interrupting or challenging someone.

2. Practice patience.

Be patient like the Lord infused you with it.

3. Be empathetic.

You want to make sure that you’re working on a team where things are understood because then you get a shorthand of one another.

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Roseanne Barr Shuts Down Heart Attack Rumors: ‘I’m Fine’

Setting the record straight. Roseanne Barr took to Twitter to deny rumors she suffered a heart attack after a man claiming to be her assistant called a radio host to say that she was ill.

“I’m fine,” the former Roseanne star, 66, captioned a photo of herself wearing a faux corset T-shirt and leggings on Saturday, November 24.

She elaborated with a second tweet, writing, “I was the victim of a prank. I’ve had no medical issues. I’m spending time at home with my family and relaxing.”

Earlier on Saturday, a man named Frank who claimed to be Roseanne’s assistant called Sputnik News radio host Lee Stranahan while he was recording a live Periscope video to say that she was suffering a medical emergency.

“Yes, this is Roseanne’s assistant,” the man can be heard saying in a clip. “This is Roseanne’s assistant, Frank … She just had a heart attack. I’m trying to figure out exactly what to do about this.”

He continued, “You left her a voicemail, email? And you were talking about underwear and stuff?”

Stranahan, 53, tweeted about the incident on Saturday. “I was doing a call-in segment about Zionism on Periscope when the phone rang, saying it was my friend @therealroseanne,” he wrote. “I was surprised but it’s a topic she’s interested in so … It was her assistant, saying she’d had a heart attack. This went out live. I don’t know her status.”

He also tweeted, “Please send prayers to @therealroseanne.”

The talk show host clarified on Twitter that the call came from Barr’s real phone number and that he had indeed previously left her a voicemail about underwear as a joke.

Later that day, he gave fans an update, tweeting, “I’ve spoken to her on the phone. She is fine. This is so weird.”

Barr has largely remained out of the spotlight since the reboot of her ABC series, Roseanne, was canceled in May over a tweet the comedian posted in which she made a racist slur against former White House aide Valerie Jarrett.

Its spinoff, The Conners, debuted in September without Barr.

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How to Hustle with Your Heart

So much gets lost in the everyday hustle of getting things done as a professional or business owner. You know, the important things like compassion for yourself and others; taking the time to take deep breaths when you’re feeling anxious, upset, or overwhelmed; and being mindful about the energy that you put out into the world as well as the energy you receive.

Sounds like a lot, right? But those are the things that Claude Silver, chief heart officer at VaynerMedia, says are critical to becoming whole and ultimately successful whether you’re clocking in or signing checks. Simply put, it’s called heart. We met Silver at the Smart Hustle Small Business Conference where she spoke about hustling with your heart and she shared with us in further detail how people can do just that.

As chief heart officer, Silver oversees people operations at VaynerMedia, which includes but is not limited to being responsible for talent management, employee experience and retention, learning and development, coaching, culture, internal communications, and recruitment for over 750 employees. And with more than 20 years of experience in the marketing, media, and people operations, Silver knows a thing or two about cultivating strong leaders.

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Claude Silver, Chief Heart Officer, VaynerMedia (Photo: VaynerMedia)

She says that connection is the thread that weaves strong teams together in both large corporations and small businesses.

“Connection is key and when you’re going to hire people you want to make sure that you are hiring for skill set and culture addition. I don’t say culture fit anymore because that assumes that you and I are identical. And we’re not. But culture addition means that we add something to this culture whether it’s diversity of thought, ideas, or curiosity. Or, diversity in general.”

Connection can also be defined as heart. And that is one of the ways that she teaches people to hustle with their hearts.

“Connection builds trusts, builds empathy, and that all adds to teams that are resilient, accountable, and loyal,” says Silver. And it also builds character.

And what she says is just as important as connectedness is energy. While a lot of people like to focus on time management, Silver believes in energy management.

“We all have energy. The more and more that we’re aware of our energy we can know what we can afford to give and what we need to keep because we need to get through the day,” she added.

Managing your energy requires social and emotional intelligence. And when you embody that quality it is proven to help you become more efficient.

So, how can you hustle with your heart no matter what your title is? Good question. Here are three tips from Silver:

1. Actively listen.

Listen without interrupting or challenging someone.

2. Practice patience.

Be patient like the Lord infused you with it.

3. Be empathetic.

You want to make sure that you’re working on a team where things are understood because then you get a shorthand of one another.

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The One Thing Sarah Paulson Stole From the American Horror Story: Apocalypse Set Will Warm Your Heart

Sarah Paulson, 2018 Emmys, 2018 Emmy Awards, Red Carpet FashionsSarah Paulson has a soft spot in her heart for a certain witch. The American Horror Story: Apocalypse star and director took to Instagram to reveal the one item she took home from the FX series….

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Cancer surpasses heart disease as leading cause of death in many US counties

An important transition is happening across the United States: Cancer was the leading cause of death in more counties in 2015 than 13 years earlier, a new study finds. However, the opposite was true for heart disease during that period; fewer counties reported it as the top killer.


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Fish Oil And Vitamin D Pills No Guard Against Cancer Or Serious Heart Trouble

A widely anticipated study has concluded that neither vitamin D nor fish oil supplements prevent cancer or serious heart-related problems in healthy older people, according to research presented Saturday at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. Researchers defined serious heart problems as the combined rate of heart attacks, stroke and heart-related deaths.

Although hundreds of studies of these supplements have been published over the years, the new clinical trial — a federally funded project involving nearly 26,000 people — is the strongest and most definitive examination yet, said Dr. Clifford Rosen, a senior scientist at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute who was not involved in the research.

Doctors have been keenly interested in learning the supplements’ true value, given their tremendous popularity with patients. A 2017 study found that 26 percent of Americans age 60 and older take vitamin D supplements, while 22 percent take pills containing omega-3 fatty acids, a key ingredient in fish oil.

The new study also suggests there’s no reason for people to undergo routine blood tests for vitamin D, said Rosen, who co-wrote an accompanying editorial. (Both were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.). That’s because the study found that patients’ vitamin D levels made no difference in their risk of cancer or serious heart issues, Rosen said. Even people who began the study with clear vitamin D deficiency got no benefit from taking the supplements, which provided 2,000 international units a day. This amount is equal to one or two of the vitamin D pills typically sold in stores.

A recent Kaiser Health News story reported that vitamin D testing has become a huge business for commercial labs — and an enormous expense for taxpayers. Doctors ordered more than 10 million vitamin D tests for Medicare patients in 2016 — an increase of 547 percent since 2007 — at a cost of $ 365 million.

“It’s time to stop it,” said Rosen of vitamin D testing. “There’s no justification.”

Dr. JoAnn Manson, the study’s lead author, agrees that her results don’t support screening healthy people for vitamin D deficiency.

But she doesn’t see her study as entirely negative.

Manson notes that her team found no serious side effects from taking either fish oil or vitamin D supplements.

“If you’re already taking fish oil or vitamin D, our results would not provide a clear reason to stop,” Manson said.

Manson notes that a deeper look into the data suggested possible benefits.

When researchers singled out heart attacks — rather than the rate of all serious heart problems combined — they saw that fish oil appeared to reduce heart attacks by 28 percent, Manson said. As for vitamin D, it appeared to reduce cancer deaths — although not cancer diagnoses — by 25 percent.

But slicing the data into smaller segments — with fewer patients in each group — can produce unreliable results, said Dr. Barnett Kramer, director of the cancer prevention division at the National Cancer Institute. The links between fish oil and heart attacks — and vitamin D and cancer death — could be due to chance, Kramer said.

Experts agree that vitamin D is important for bone health. Researchers didn’t report on its effect on bones in these papers, however. Instead, they looked at areas where vitamin D’s benefits haven’t been definitely proven, such as cancer and heart disease. Although preliminary studies have suggested vitamin D can prevent heart disease and cancer, more rigorous studies have disputed those findings.

Manson and her colleagues plan to publish data on the supplements’ effects on other areas of health in coming months, including diabetes, memory and mental functioning, autoimmune disease, respiratory infections and depression.

Consumers who want to reduce their risk of cancer and heart disease can follow other proven strategies.

“People should continue to focus on known factors to reduce cancer and heart disease: Eat right, exercise, don’t smoke, control high blood pressure, take a statin if you are high risk,” said Dr. Alex Krist, a professor of family medicine and population health at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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RuPaul Welcomes Trans ‘Drag Race’ Contestant After Change of Heart

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The cast of Season Four of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars was announced on Friday. The contestants for the Emmy-winning series will include Naomi Smalls, Monét X Change and Gia Gunn, a transgender performer. Gunn’s inclusion came as a surprise following a controversial statement about transgender identity by RuPaul, the show creator, earlier this year. […]

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Dorothea Lange’s Photographs Capture the Eye and the Heart

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An excellent new book displays the artist’s searing images alongside her field notes and comments about how she took some of the 20th century’s greatest pictures.

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We Heart: The #VoteYourMainStreet Campaign to Preserve Feminist History in Seneca Falls

The first American women’s rights convention took place in Seneca Falls. Some of the earliest feminists—among them Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Frederick Douglass—were in attendance. The two-day convention, which produced the historic Declaration of Sentiments and led to a series of women’s rights conventions throughout the United States, took place in the Seneca Knitting Mill.

170 years later, the National Women’s Hall of Fame wants to set up shop in that knitting mill to best honor the achievements of the activists who bravely sparked the modern women’s rights movement—but they need your help. The organization is calling on feminists nationwide to help them secure a grant through the #VoteYourMainStreet campaign and make the move possible.

Paola Franqui, @monaris_

Partners in Preservation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express launched the national grassroots campaign, which is offering grants to significant sites in order to preserve American history. Partners in Preservation has raised over $ 22 million for over 200 sites since its creation in 2006; the National Trust for Historic Preservation has over 60 years of experience in advocating for the preservation of historical sites. Now, these groups want to help local communities educate others about their rich and diverse history.

The Seneca Knitting Mill is one of only two out of 20 competing sites in the campaign related strictly to women’s history, and it’s the oldest and most foundational of the batch related to feminism in the U.S. Should the site win the competition, the $ 150,000 grant would allow the National Women’s Hall of Fame to move to this significant location.

Today is the last day feminists can vote in the campaign, but the old political punchline “vote early and vote often” still applies! You can vote five times today—and all at once, in the click of a button.

Victoria Sheber is an editorial intern at Ms., a debate instructor at Windward School and a member of the JusticeCorps at the Los Angeles Superior Court. Victoria is currently a senior at UCLA studying American Literature & Culture and History; she is also the President of the American Association of University Women chapter on campus and Assistant Section Editor for Fem Newsmagazine. She loves to read and write about feminist literature. 

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We Heart: The Website That Keeps Your Voter Registration Straight

Voter suppression laws across the U.S. make it harder to vote—and often leave people of color, people with disabilities, students and senior citizens bearing the brunt of new burdens at the ballot box. And while there isn’t an app that can change the hours your polling place is open or remind you of the intricacies of a complicated voter ID law, a new website can help you make sure that your voter registration is safe.

Voters unfairly purged from the rolls are losing their chance to be heard. A new website helps them safeguard against just that. (ClatieK / Creative Commons)

States often permit officials to purge names from the voter rolls after years of inactivity, or in case of death or relocation, but many voters in recent years have found that they were unfairly purged—and when they turned up to the polls, they were swiftly turned away.

With voting rights more under attack than ever, it’s important that everyone stay vigilant to ensure that their registrations remain active. That’s where Don’t Get Purged comes in—a new website that checks the voter rolls in your state so that you can be sure you’re all set for election day.

The way it works is simple: Users go to dontgetpurged.org and enter their name, address, date of birth and email. The system then searches through the voting rolls to find that user’s registration file. If a user finds out that they are no longer registered, the site can help them re-registered before election day; if it turns out a user’s registration checks out, they can breathe a sigh of relief and figure out which shirt looks best with their “I Voted” sticker.

The upcoming elections are the most important in our lifetime. Play it safe: go to dontgetpurged.org today to make sure your registration is active. Potential voters are encouraged to check back more than once to make sure they are still eligible to vote, too—so make sure to register, resist and repeat.

Miranda Martin is a feminist writer and activist and an editorial intern at Ms. She has written for a variety of publications and been published by The Unedit and Project Consent. Miranda recently graduated from University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a major in Interpersonal Communications and a double minor in Creative Writing and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She loves to travel, read, exercise and daydream about the fall of the patriarchy.

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