Help a Family, Friend, Neighbors, and Strangers in Need

Hosted by Zelda Hopkins
Group active since Tue, Feb 21, 2012

This group is about helping others.And others helping us. Where we share our kindness with others. This is a Dog eat Dog world but we all need the help of others. So lets all be here for each other. Just a smile or a kind word can make a differance. Thank you Bob for helping me with this.Let us remember that God is with us every step of the way.


Understanding What Causes Angina

By Renée G.
3 Hours Ago
Some factors that lead to the development of angina are beyond your control, like family history and age. But others are affected by lifestyle choices that you can change.

Attacks of angina — technically angina pectoris, which is Latin for chest pain — occur because the heart muscle is not getting enough oxygen because blood flow to the heart muscle is hampered by narrowed arteries. The arteries have narrowed due to build-up of fatty materials and plaque, and understanding why that build-up started is key to understanding what caused the angina.

Angina is actually more of a symptom than a specific disease, but it can disrupt your life and severely limit your activities. The worst thing about angina is that it is a sign that your coronary arteries are damaged enough that you are at high risk for a heart attack.

Angina, and coronary artery disease in general, may result from one or more of the following:

High blood pressure (hypertension):
Over the course of several years, untreated high blood pressure causes arteries to narrow. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), hypertension also forces the heart to work abnormally hard, causing its tissues to stiffen, also impeding blood flow. High blood pressure can be successfully treated with medications, exercising, losing weight, and following a healthier diet (especially one lower in salt).

If you have diabetes, your risk of cardiovascular disease increases, especially if your blood glucose levels are not well-managed. Keeping good control of your blood sugar is essential because the increased sugar in the bloodstream causes damage to the inside of the heart muscle. This can be a major contributor to developing heart disease.

High blood cholesterol levels:
It’s clear that having too much total cholesterol and “bad” (LDL) cholesterol in your blood increases your risk for coronary heart disease, including angina. It absolutely contributes to the narrowing of the arteries. A diet that includes too many animal fats and high-fat dairy products can be to blame, at least in part, so modifying your diet to include more fruits, vegetables, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and high-fiber foods may help. Medications to lower cholesterol levels are an option when dietary changes aren’t enough on their own.

When you’re overweight, your heart has to work harder, straining it over time. People with excess fat, especially around the middle of the body, are likelier to have high blood pressure and elevated blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, according to the AHA.

Inactivity is a risk factor for heart disease and angina, most especially when it contributes to obesity.

Not only is tobacco smoke (especially cigarette smoke) a risk factor on its own for coronary heart disease, but it works in tandem with other risk factors you may have to dangerously multiply your risk, according to the AHA. If you are a nonsmoker, but are often exposed to second-hand smoke, your risk is increased as well.

If you have anemia, you have a lower blood count, which means there’s a lower oxygen supply to the heart. This cause of angina could exist without there necessarily being coronary artery disease.

Genetic predisposition:
If your father was diagnosed with heart disease before age 55, or your mother before age 65, you’re at greater risk yourself, and this, in turn, increases your likelihood of developing angina.

Race also matters, according to the AHA:
African-Americans are at higher risk for hypertension and heart disease, and Mexican-Americans, American Indians and Native Hawaiians are at increased risk of heart disease, partly because these groups tend to experience higher rates of obesity and diabetes.

In general, people become more prone to angina and other heart conditions as they age. According to the AHA, about 82 percent of people who die from causes related to coronary heart disease are 65 or older.

While heart disease is the number-one killer of women, men nonetheless experience a higher death rate from it.

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We will bid farewell to this trip back up Memory Lane for today with this recipe from Rose Mary, first posted in January 2012

Parmesan Tomatoes and Mac & Cheese - Mmmmm

Dry Rub Baby Back Ribs

By Renée G.
5 Hours Ago
This one pays tribute to two beautiful ladies, Rose Mary AND Zelda.


Rose Mary has posted 641 recipes and garnered 4 blue ribbons - Southern Caviar Salad is one she posted in 2012

Rose Mary's Baked Ranch Chicken

By Renée G.
5 Hours Ago
Rose Mary has so many fabulous looking recipes posted it's difficult to pick and choose. Thought I'd share some of her earlier posts today...some we perhaps haven't seen in a while.

Baked Ranch Chicken

In the spotlight today -

By Renée G.
6 Hours Ago
Rose Mary Morgan will be our featured artist today. Most everyone who has been around JAP for any length of time knows Rose Mary and what a fabulous creative cook she is. I have pinched and tried many of her recipes and I can tell you first hand…there’s not a bad one in the bunch.

Rose Mary was the big sister to 10 younger siblings and grew up in Arkansas, although she now lives in Sauk Village, Illinois. She says her cooking creations are inspired by her husband, Dan and daughter, Briana.

Dan's Favorite Irish Soda Bread

Good morning - Today is May 28, 2015

By Renée G.
7 Hours Ago
Good morning Everyone,

Can you believe it...this week and this month are almost gone! By Monday we will be in a whole new month. I must be having a much better time than I realize if time flies when you're having fun...I didn't notice just how much fun I was having, I guess, because time surely is flying.

I hope each of you has a fabulously fun day, today.

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
~ Francis of Assisi

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.
~ Helen Keller

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