February 4, 2010

At The Heart of the Matter!

By Russ Myers

Cardiovascular Medicine, PC in Davenport has a slogan, “At the heart of the matter.” This slogan exemplifies one of the staff members I have come to really appreciate! Paula Bryant, MS, ARNP. She assists in my treatment at the Genesis Heart Failure Clinic. Paula is an intelligent, caring professional who follows-up my treatment plan on a near daily basis with either a visit to the HFC or a phone call to me at home to discuss my lab results or treatment. Under Paula’s care I have not only lost more of the fat I carried around but also number and amount of meds I take on a daily basis has decreased while my healthcare numbers (heart, potassium etc). are much improved. Thanks, Paula for all you bring to the Heart Center and Genesis patients.

Ahh‚ – Valentine’s Day! Time to buy Donna some roses and a great card. Remember when you were in Elementary School and you wondered if you were getting a Valentine’s Card from someone? Those were the “good old days!” Here’s some background on Valentine’s Day:

Valentine’s Day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of “valentines.” Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards. The sending of Valentines was a fashion in nineteenth-century Great Britain, and, in 1847, Esther Howland developed a successful business in her Worcester, Massachusetts home with hand-made Valentine cards based on British models. The popularity of Valentine cards in 19th century America, where many Valentine cards are now general greeting cards rather than declarations of love, was a
harbinger of the future commercialization of holidays in the United States. The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, behind Christmas. The association estimates that, in the US, men spend on average twice as much money as women.

Have a great February‚ – remember, spring is just a couple of months away!