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Remembering a Friend & the American Heart Association

Posted by Joan MacArthur on Feb 5, 2015 2:12:00 PM

This fall, Olden’s lost one of our dearest friends to heart disease. Rich Anderson was only sixty. He didn’t smoke, was not overweight, had no family history of heart problems, no elevated cholesterol or blood pressure. Rich had no warning except neck pain and "heartburn.” Rich even exercised by cutting wood and taking a long walks with his best friend and wife, Peggy.

Rich_AndersonHelp us remember Rich and aid the American Heart Association’s American Heart Month.

To raise awareness in our community, Olden’s Pharmacy invites you to WALK THIS WEY.

Bundle up and walk one of Weymouth’s or the South Shore’s natural wonders. Take a loved one, enjoy the air, the sounds, and life itself. When you finish, snap a picture and send it to oldenspharmacy@yahoo.com.

Olden’s will send you a $5.00 off coupon* for anything in the store. We will also send a donation to the American Heart Association for every picture we receive in February.

Need inspiration? Visit one of Rich’s favorite spots or send us a picture of your favorite.

Not able to walk and take a “selfie”? (We know, it's snowy!)

You can still earn a $5.00 off coupon* by stopping by the store for a blood pressure check.

It takes just a few minutes with any of the OMRON Self Taking Blood Pressure Monitors ON SALE this February.

A donation to the American Heart Association will be made for every blood pressure check done at Olden’s this February.

Rich did everything right. But he didn’t recognize neck pain and “ heartburn” as heart attack symptoms.

On the surface he was a healthy guy and the last thing on his mind that day was his heart.

Become familiar with Heart Attack Signs. Don’t ignore, or downplay signs just because you are young and healthy.

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest, it may last more than a few minutes, or go away and come back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  • As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort.
  • But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

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