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E-Cigarette Letter to the Editor

The New Mexico Heart Institute Foundation is supporting legislation SB 118 and 119 that raises the age for e-cigarette purchase to 21 and a second bill that places vaping e-cigarettes under the Current Clean Air act that govern the areas where cigarette smoking is not allowed. The letter to editor summarizes the current data about e-cigarettes. They are not safe and are currently unregulated. Dr. Barry Ramo is testifying at the NM Senate Tuesday. Emails to your Senator or Representative are important if you feel this legislation is valuable for our children’s health.

To: Santa Fe New Mexican
Reader View: Disregard Rosemond’s medical advice about e-cigarettes
By Barry W. Ramo | Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2017 7:00 pm
In the U.S., high school students are vaping e-cigarettes at alarming rates increasing by 900 percent from 2011 to 2015 passing their use of combustible tobacco. The column by Mr. Rosemond (“Caught your kid vaping? It’s not a crisis,” Jan. 29) in the Family section of The Santa Fe New Mexican gives parents misleading reassurance regarding the use of e-cigarettes by their teenage children. He writes that “users don’t rob convenience stores or snatch elderly women’s purses to feed their habit,” and “as addictions go, it is relatively benign.”
The United States Surgeon General disagrees. In the first comprehensive report on e-cigarettes in December 2016, The Surgeon General said use among young people “is now a major public health concern” and “The use of products containing nicotine poses dangers to youth, pregnant women, and fetuses. The use of products containing nicotine in any form among youth, including in e-cigarettes, is unsafe.” The report notes that nicotine exposure during periods of significant brain development, such as adolescence, can disrupt the growth of brain circuits that control attention, learning, and susceptibility to addiction to cocaine and marijuana. He believes e-cigarettes are a gateway drug to smoking cigarettes. The journal Pediatrics published an April 2016 report and found that adolescents using e-cigarettes were more than six times likely to late smoke cigarettes.
Because e-cigarettes are so new, a full understanding of their toxicity or safety but evidence of the toxic effects of nicotine from animal studies on cigarettes their use is far from a “benign addiction.”
E-cigarettes emit more than “harmless vapor.” The nicotine aerosol is made up of ultra fine particles that can exacerbate respiratory ailments like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The nicotine aerosol contains propylene glycol, metals including chromium, nickel and detectable levels of carcinogenic tobacco-specific nitrosamines. A recent report found that some flavored e-cigarettes contain carcinogenic substances. Since there are thousands of flavors and more than 500 unregulated brands of e-cigarettes, we don’t know what is in them.
Sen. Cisco McSorley, D-Albuquerque, has submitted Senate Bills 318 and 319; one would limit e-cigarette use under the Dee Johnson Indoor Clean Air Act and the second would raise the age for purchasing e-cigarettes to 21.
Barry W. Ramo, M.D., FACC, is medical director of the New Heart Center for Wellness and a fitness and cardiac rehabilitation cardiologist at the New Mexico Heart Institute.

To see the post, click here: Santa Fe New Mexican Letter to the Editor – ecigs

Cooking with Pumpkin

Pumpkin Cooking Flyer

It’s October – and October means pumpkins. Our October cooking demonstration will be all about cooking with pumpkin. And it’s not just about the pies. Join Ruth Baldwin October 22nd at 2:00 p.m. for a sweet and savory treat, and learn some healthy cooking tips along the way. Click on the link above to have a look at the flyer.

Makin’ Smoothies with Ruth Baldwin

Making Smoothies

They’re tasty, they’re filling, they’re refreshing, they’re healthy…they’re smoothies! Join Ruth Baldwin as she demonstrates the art of smoothy making. The date is September 24th. The time is 2:00 p.m. Check out the flyer link above for more info.

New Heart Turns 40

Help Dr. Lueker and the gang celebrate 40 years of New Heart and 10 years at our Lomas location. Hard to believe but it’s true. The party is September 26th from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. We’ll have food, music and a silent auction to raise money for new equipment. Tickets are $25/person. Hope to see you there!

Sheng Zhen Gong in September

Get ready for the September Sheng Zhen Gong workshop with instructors Storme Lynn, Barb Singer and Melissa Stockton. The program is on Sunday, September 21st and runs from 9:30 to 5:00. For more information, navigate to the Integrative Wellness page under Programs and open the workshop flyer and instructor bios.

Cooking Demonstration with Ruth Baldwin

Don’t miss the upcoming cooking demonstration with New Heart dietitian Ruth Baldwin. The subject is kale, the very healthy but much maligned leafy green. Find out how to make it part of a tasty dish you will love.

Click on the title above to access a flyer with more information.

Flyer 5 21 2014


June Sheng Zhen Gong Workshop

Save the date for the next Sheng Zhen Gong workshop with instructors Storme Lynn, Barb Singer and Melissa Stockton. The program runs from 9:30 to 5:00 on Sunday, June 22nd. For more information, navigate to the Integrative Wellness page under Programs and open the workshop flyer and instructor bios.

Sheng Zhen Gong Workshop

Join New Heart Qi Gong instructor, Storme Lynn, and her colleagues, Barb Singer and Melissa Stockton, for a day-long Sheng Zhen Gong workshop on March 16th. Navigate to the Integrative Wellness page under Programs to get the workshop flyer and to read short bios of the instructors.

Cardiac Rehab: The Earlier the Better

There is mounting evidence that cardiac rehab reduces the risk of death or recurrent cardiac events in those who participate. However, most individuals who qualify never take advantage of the service. The big question is how to increase attendance in cardiac rehab programs. A recent study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation indicates that catching people early is important. The study followed 148 patients with non-surgical events that qualify for cardiac rehabilitation. Subjects were randomized to begin cardiac rehabilitation either within 10 days of hospital discharge or after 35 days. The study showed that those who were scheduled within 10 days were 56% more likely to attend than those scheduled after 35 days. While there may be a number of explanations for this finding, the message is clear. Get patients in as soon after discharge as possible. If you or a loved one has had a qualifying cardiac event, make sure to ask your doctor for a referral for cardiac rehab ASAP.

Events that qualify of cardiac rehab include: heart attack, bypass surgery, angioplasty, valve replacement, and heart transplant.

Reference: Pack, Q.R., et al. An Early Appointment to Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation at Hospital Discharge Improves Attendance at Orientation: A Randomized, Single-blind, Controlled Trial. Circulation. 2012; published online before print December 18 2012, doi:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.112.121996

2012 In Revue

NY Times fitness writer Gretchen Reynolds reviews the exercise and health research she wrote about during 2012. With links to all those research articles, this is a good summary of the interesting news regarding exercise and health from last year.

Click here to read the NY times article.