Friday, September 19, 2008

Be Thankful to Live in Modern Times

Lots of people want to go back to the "good old days." When people talk about pre WWII and how it would be great to live in the 1930s, I quietly remind them about polio. Roman times would be impressive...all the history and the great architecture. Of course, women were basically property so that isn't so great either.

It is amazing what they can now do for heart patients. Something as delicate as a mitral valve can now be tended to with a high survival rate. In decades past, there wasn't even such a thing as mitral valve surgery. You either died suddenly of mysterious causes, or had a heart condition. The only other alternative, when it was developed, was major and mostly unsuccessful surgery. They just didn't have the tools to pinpoint something to a mitral valve repair being the remedy.

Of course, the best thing to do is live a healthy lifestyle. Exercise, eat right, and avoid stress. Sometimes, no matter what you do, there are some people more genetically susceptible than others. Please take care of yourself, but also be thankful that you live in the here and now, and not in a decade with better fashion sense.


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