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Is It Possible to Eat and Exercise Enough to Fight Coronary Artery Disease?




Jill Shook, 32, was a long-time runner and had a healthy diet. However, her doctor discovered that she had high cholesterol. Shook, a speech-language pathologist and business consultant from Pittsburgh, couldn’t understand why her cholesterol was so high. She ran in half-marathons and other races and did intense workouts. She also cooked almost all of the meals. Her cholesterol was stable and within a healthy range for many years. She was irritated and went home to do some research. Shook had a previous heart condition that she developed as a child from Kawasaki disease. This inflames blood vessels throughout the body. Shook’s illness was diagnosed after 10 days. Shook was diagnosed with a serious condition after 10 days. She says that if any of them had burst, it would have been a tragedy. But, at 17 years old, Shook’s doctors declared that the aneurysms had disappeared and gave her a clean bill. Shook said that she thought the danger was over and that she was safe. However, Shook discovered that many people who were born with Kawasaki disease have coronary artery disease. Shook said, “It was a shock.” She changed her diet to make it more heart-healthy. She reduced her intake of red meat and made more meatless meals for her family. Despite these changes, they weren’t enough for her to lower her cholesterol. “The statin” is the only thing that has helped, she says. “I’m now on a statin for life. Shook sometimes finds it frustrating that her CAD can’t be managed with just exercise and healthy habits. Shook is grateful for the medication option. She says that statins don’t change her lifestyle, but they do add another vitamin to her routine. Shook’s CAD medication and lifestyleMedication is essential for many people with CAD. They need to be able to manage their blood pressure and cholesterol and prevent their condition from getting worse. “Medication and CAD” Kristin Wells, 73, a retired paraeducator from Washington, has been living with coronary artery disease since 2015. Although her heart was blocked, doctors told her that she was fine. Wells, who is active and has been for many years, continued her life. Two weeks later, Wells suffered a cardiac arrest. She was left with two stents in the heart. Wells claims that she felt a stomachache and thought it was from the chili she had eaten. “I felt like someone was pushing a spoon on my roof of the mouth when I went to the bathroom. “Wells drove herself to the nearest hospital instead of calling 911. Wells was very lucky and made it to the hospital without causing any harm to herself or others. After arriving at the hospital, she felt extreme pain in her arm and was quickly unconscious. Chest pain after a heart attack is less common in women than in men. Wells was given a bag containing pills when she left the hospital to undergo cardiac rehab. “I made a deal to my cardiologist. I said, “If I get my numbers back where they should be, then can we cut some of the pills?” She says. “He said yes. Wells made some changes with the support of her daughter, and her cardiologist. First Wells gradually changed her diet to more whole foods. She and her daughter switched to almond or oat milk from cow milk. They ate less red meat and tried more vegetarian and vegan dishes. Wells started to exercise and meditate and tried different vegetarian and vegan recipes. Her doctor discovered a vein in her retina that was causing the problem. This is usually due to diabetes or high blood pressure. Wells began taking a diuretic to manage her symptoms. Wells states that although many people don’t like taking pills, they are necessary for their health. She says, “There is still life after cardiac arrest and after coronary artery disease.” “You must keep your feet on the ground, and if you make a mistake, it’s okay.

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New GR Pharmacy to Serve Spanish-speaking Patients




GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — By the end of the year, Grand Rapids’ Roosevelt Park neighborhood will have a new pharmacy.

Trinity Health Clinica Santa Maria began construction Monday morning on the $1.5 million project. The new pharmacy will include both walk-up and drive-thru services.

Trinity Health Clinica Santa Maria practice leader Kameron Selleck it will offer convenience in a neighborhood that doesn’t have a pharmacy close in proximity, making it challenging for patients to get their prescriptions in a timely manner.

“A lot of our patients do encounter a lot of social barriers in their lives,” Selleck said.

He added that a language barrier can make it difficult patients to get their prescriptions. He said nearly every employee at Clinica Santa Maria is bilingual in Spanish and the plan is for that trend to carry over to new pharmacy and pharmacy tech hires.

“I think this project was announced almost five years ago, so it’s here,” Selleck said. “I just really encourage the community to be as excited as we are.

The pharmacy is at 730 Cesar E. Chavez Ave. SW (formerly Grandville Avenue) at Martin Luther King Jr. Street (formerly Franklin Street) in Grand Rapids. It will be the seventh Trinity Health pharmacy in the Grand Rapids area, with the other locations being Cathedral Square, the Wege Building at Trinity Heath Saint Mary’s, Hudsonville, Rockford, Byron Center and Southeast Grand Rapids.

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Tulip Time Crowds Encouraging for Returning Festivals




HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Tulip Time saw big crowds this year as it returned to a more regular schedule.

The event was cancelled in 2020 and scaled back last year because of the pandemic.

Hot temperatures caused damage to some of Holland’s tulips, Tulip Time organizers say.

The heat caused challenges for the 2022 festival. The Tulip Immersion Garden, a new attraction, had to close early because the hot temperatures caused too much damage to the flowers, Tulip Time Executive Director Gwen Auwerda said.

“They don’t like 80 degree, 90 degree weather. Tulips prefer it to be about 40 at night, 60 to 70, maybe 80 during the day,” Auwerda said.

Heat closes down Tulip Time Immersion Garden early

The organization is working on final numbers but saw attendance return to pre-pandemic levels.

“I do know that the carnival exceeded 2019 by 25 to 30%, so that was fabulous for them and it was packed everywhere in town,” Auwerda said.

Kevin Knight, the owner of Market Zero, said the festival definitely provided a boost as they worked to keep up with demand. 

“It’s a huge kick off to your summer season,” Knight said. “Our fridges were completely full and got completely empty and completely full and completely empty, so it was about everything we could handle.”

Market Zero in downtown Holland on May 16, 2022. Inside Market Zero in downtown Holland on May 16, 2022.

The return of crowds could be good sign for other events coming back this summer, like the Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids. Mark Azkoul, an organizer for the event that began in 1970, sees the success of Tulip Time as encouraging.

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“We’ve been out for two years so this is a big thing for us and for the city to get Festival back up and going,” Azkoul said.

Organizers created the Plein Air event for 2021, which combined outdoor art and music.

The 2022 event runs June 3 through June 5. After taking a break because of the pandemic the festival needs extra help.    

“A lot of people still don’t know yet festival is coming back, so we really want to get the word out. We need more volunteers,” Azkoul said.

People interested in volunteering can sign up on the Festival of the Arts website.


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Mom Does ‘small Part’ to Help Parents Who Need Formula




HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Though there appears to an end of the baby formula shortage in sight, it’s still causing problems for parents, so a mother in Holland did what she could to help.

Abbott Nutrition has announced its entered into an agreement with the federal Food and Drug Administration to restart its Sturgis plant within two weeks. The closure of that plant has been a huge contributing factor to the shortage. The company expects its products to ship to stores eight weeks after production resumes.

But for now, many parents can’t find the formula they need. The low supply has some stores limiting the number of formulas customers can purchase, adding that they are in “extraordinary high” demand.

The baby formula shelves at a Meijer in Holland.

So Caitlin Dampier, a mother of two whose youngest is a 3-month-old girl, stepped up to help where she could.

“I really wish I could help out more, but this is just my small part,” Dampier said.

She got a box of Enfamil formulas that she’s not using because she’s breastfeeding.

“When you’re pregnant, you get free samples and so I thought I would just offer mine for free for mothers who need them,” Dampier said. “I kept it around in case I wasn’t able to breastfeed.”

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Dampier made a post on Facebook this week directed at parents who can’t find formula. The box she received included three cans of Enfamil formulas and two ready-made formulas.

Two mothers reached out to her, including Kourtney Hann, another Holland resident. She’s one of thousands of mothers across the country who have had to go to great lengths to find food for their baby.

“I have had to go to stores maybe 45 minutes away just to even try to get formula,” she said. “It’s very hard to find them where I’m at right now. I went to Walmart yesterday and all they had was Similac and my daughter has a really bad reaction to Similac.”

Hann was able to connect with Dampier and picked up a can of Enfamil. Dampier left the box on her front porch with the message, “Please take only the formula you chose and tear out some coupons for yourself. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.”

The box of Enfamil products Caitlin Dampier left at her door for mothers to pick up.

Hann said she was down to her last can of baby formula which lasts her about five days. Now that she has received another can from Dampier, she’ll be able to feed her 9-month-old for the next two weeks.

“Being a mom is hard enough as it is. You have so many other struggles and to be afraid to know if you’re going to be able to feed your baby or not is a struggle,” Dampier said. “You want to do everything for your kids so when you’re not able to it’s hard. It’s just the worst feeling in the world.”


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