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 if you had one minute left to live what would you do?

 High blood presure question?
my girlfriend is on 'the pill' and yesterday her doctor said that her blood pressure is on borderline to being high, her blood pressure was around 128/87, is that serious?
also is the ...

 How can I find out if my Dad's blood pressure is dangerous?
My dad's blood pressure is 85/50. I know nothing about this and I need to know if this is dangerous or not!! Help please!...

 What's more important? your heart or your brain?

 Did tou know that your heart pumps blood involuntary?

 Blood pressure question?
I went to the doctor and she took my blood pressure.. it was 120/85 is that normal?
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I am 23. I walk about 2 miles a day and take garlic ...

 I've pain in my chest and I can't breath well and I fell tired if I do any physical activity,is it a proplem?

 What shd i do? someone plz plz help me.....?
i get anger very soon for no reason... and i feel so pressure that i start shouting at people around me for silly reasons.... i hate to do that but the situation will be out of my control when i am ...

 Do you need to have heart disease, to have a heart attack?
Or can you just get one anyways, or do you necessarily have to have something wrong with your heart, like heart disease?
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Okay, then how do you get a blood clot? If you ...

 is it possible for a 15 year old to have a heart attack?
because my heart/chest area hurts alot and when i excersise it beats really fast and scares me....

 Have you ever had your heart broken?
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I almsot passed out the other day and it felt wierd i was playing rockband
Ok heres what happened i was playing ps3 and then i just saw everything it just like rumbled. Like everything went all ...

 which is more important heart or your brain?
i think both i tryed to figure out which one is more than the other
i think your heart, but the brain is much more smarter. like all your senses. but you r heart pumps blood to your brain so i ...

 Causes of chest pains other than heart attack.?

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Pain across the chest....under ribs when breathing deeply, not totally constant....(it is me...but am going to docs tomorrow about unrelated issue so will ask then, ...

 8 yr old son with murmer? Please answer my question.?
hi all my son who is 8 and a half yrs old was born with a heart murmer. He attended our local outpatients clinic once a yr to be checked until he was 4. Our doctors then suggested he visit Our Lady�...

 Am I Having a Heart Attack?
I was on IV steroids for 2 days. I was supposed to go for 3 but because I felt like I couldn't breathe, they left me with just 2. My chest was extremely heavy/tight. But they didn't seem to ...

 What should I do about my rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath...etc?
I started taking this pre-workout supplement called "Super Charge" a few weeks ago, and I did not have any problems with it until now. A couple of days ago I started experiencing faster ...

 Could I have had a minor heart attack?
Yesterday afternoon I had a sharp pain which at first felt a little like a period pain but higher than usual, and then, as time went on, rose up to the bottom left of my chest. It was very painful to ...

 am I going to have a hart attack?
For the last few weeks I have been sweating mostly in my armpits an I mean sweat running like a facet off an on. If I drink a cup of coffee that really turns it on. also I have a unexplainable pain ...

 I'm 23 with high blood pressure?
I am a 23 year old woman. Five foot four, 116 pounds. Have three children. Healthy in every aspect except I smoke. I've been put on Toprol XL due to high blood pressure and elevated heart ...

Mummy2B ** 11/01/2010
I am TERRIFIED of flying! I go on my honeymoon to Rome in two weeks..?
but I'm so scared - what if I get a blood clot? A 44 year old woman I used to work with got a blood clot two years ago from a flight but she smoked lots. She was hospitalised. So she couldn't fly for a year. She then started smoking again and flew to Egypt this year. On her way home, she had a heart attack!! My hubby and I haven't had the best diets in past years (I'm 21 & and he's 28) and we have smoked lots but not any more.

No family history of heart problems or diseases either.

What are the chances of the flights having a dangerous effect!?

Mike G
Are you kidding? Knock it off and just fly where you have to go. I am 54, have CHF and had several heart attacks. I still travel all over the world. We just got back from Belgium this week.

Just worry if the plane will crash.

Emmanuel M
It is indeed a strange case ,it can be solved by taking test in hospital to see what is the cause ,and by doing that she will know what really is wrong with her, She can fly and nothing can happen I do not thing that by flying people get ill like that

You sound like a worrier, it is not going to matter what anyone on this site says you still think you are going to die, you cannot see the bigger picture of what really happens. Rome in not a long flight, not as far as egypt, If I were you I would just cancel the honeymoon rather than waste money on a holiday that you won't enjoy because you are so scared. Why book it in the first place is the obvious question!!!!

Grow up, cancel holiday and enjoy your marriage

Stormy D
take a couple of Valium before you get on the plane

Your chances are SLIM. Don't panic. Issues like those are rare. Seriously...I flew from florida to NY to Venice this past Fall and no ill effects...my diet is so-so (sometimes good, sometimes horrid), I'm a social smoker, and on hormonal birth control.

Just relax and enjoy the flight...take things to read, an mp3 player for music, watch the movies they offer, have puzzle books and things to distract you. If it's a night flight, that's even better because you get to sleep through most of it.

Rome is AWESOME so it's well worth the trip! I can't wait to go back and see more of it...and see some things again. That was my favorite city on our trip (it was a Med cruise).

Enjoy...and congrats on your getting married!

Not very high at all, especially for a short haul flight. Take an aspirin the day before then some the day of your flight. It thins the blood and lowers the possiblity of clotting further still.

Don't worry about blood clots and DVT. My wife had a DVT and it was completely unrelated to flying.

If you are genuinely concerned take 1 aspirin a day for a week before the flight - this will thin down your blood.

The odds of a flight giving you a blood clot are VERY small...

According to one study, you have a 0.39 in a million chance of getting an pulmonary incidence. From the link given below:

"The overall incidence of PTE was 0.39 per 1 million passengers (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.20-0.58). On flights that lasted between 6 and 8 hours, the incidence was 0.25 per 1 million passengers (95% CI, 0-0.75), while on flights longer than 8 hours, the incidence was 1.65 per 1 million passengers (95% CI, 0.81-2.49) (P<.001)."

Smoking definitely increases the chance. So does the length of flight, because venous stagnation increases the incidence. It is very unlikely to be an issue. If it will put you mind at ease and if there is no contraindication, you could take a baby aspirin before the flight and move you lower extremities during the flight.

Enjoy Rome.

Elle Jay C
Firstly its a short flight and DVT is more likely to happen in instances where you are flying for greater periods of time 5 hours +, and you can always do leg exercises on the plane too. Secondly, if you are really worried go to your GP they will be able to prescribe something to help you cope with the fear of flying. Thirdly and most importantly, try and chill out because this irrational fear could distract you from enjoying one of the happiest days of your life. Have a wonderful day.

you'll be fine...seriously...when you get on the plane...just relax...and don't look out of the window...and since you stopped smoking...you're fine...don't worry about it

Miss Mountain
If you read up about staving off blood clots and follow the rules, you should be just fine. You're young and people heaps older than you with family history of heart disease fly around lots and have no trouble. Also, think of the fun you'll have once you're over there! I wish you all the best!

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Look at it like this.. How many people do you know ? How many people have you worked with ?
Now out of all those people How many people do you know have had a blood clot the answer is 1...

Please just get on the plane and go and enjoy your honeymoon.It is suppose to be a happy start to your marriage.Honestly you have nothing to worry about.

Her problem was linked directly to smoking. No more dangerous than crossing the road..

mandurah mum
think about flying in a logically way. Millions of people do it everyday without problems. very few planes crash and if you are flying qantas - then none have crashed.

enjoy your flight - you will be fine

old know all
Lets start with flying. It's the safest way of travelling any distance. You're more likely to die on the way to the airport. More people die in departure lounges than they do on aeroplanes.

Now blood clots. These can be a problem on long haul flights if you've got poor circulation. Smoking can cause poor circulation. However, if it hasn't (yet) you're unlikely to develop blood clots. Rome is only a couple of hours away and if you can sit in an armchair for two hours without dying, you can make it to Rome. If you get up and walk to the loo half way through the flight, you're not going to suffer from blood clots.

So stop worrying (that's far more dangerous than flying) and enjoy Rome. If you see the Pope, give him my regards.

There are very little risks from flying, when it comes to blood clots and things. Don' worry about it, you are young.

Allen B
Ma'am - unlikely on a relatively short-haul flight to Rome. Deep vein thrombosis does occur from time to time with some people who take long-haul flights and for those with medical conditions susceptible to this. Your friend is much more likely to have suffered a heart attack from existing medical conditions than from the flight itself. Of course, smoking does not help in any activity in life.

You may have heard of those special stockings which you can buy to reduce the possible effects. If you are really afraid, this might be worth investigating, as they are cheap to buy. Hospitals use these for patients who are going to be bed-ridden for a while. The stockings are comfortable, look nice and are effective.

As you say that you have two weeks before your honeymoon journey, I should re-book on a cruise ship, many of which are now 'aimed' at younger people. Slower, more comfortable - and much more romantic! If you 'shop around' you can get some good deals. Depends upon your budget, of course.

Any form of travel involves risks - as does staying at home! As long as you sensibly weigh up your situation and balance them against your fears, one person's misfortune does not mean that it will apply to you. As you are young, despite your lifestyle, I would be amazed if you had problems - apart from at the airport, checking in, delays, cancellations, etc.!

Have a great time and when you come back, continue with the lifestyle improvements you mentioned!

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