More than 40 people braved the cold weather and drizzle to help Denver Health Medical Center launch its inaugural Movers and Shakers Walk for senior citizens on Friday, May 1 at Sunken Gardens, 8th and Speer Blvd. The walk is designed to motivate seniors to walk and realize the benefits of exercise. Each walker was given a pedometer and pocket radio as encouragement.
Lupus Increases Heart Disease Risk
Women with the autoimmune disease lupus, a form of arthritis, have more than two-fold increased risk of cardiovascular disease over women without lupus.
According to a recent article published in the November/December issue of Arthritis Today, after adjusting for confounding factors, including age, race, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, body mass index, physical exercise, smoking status and medication usage, the team concluded that women with lupus are 2.25 times the risk for coronary heart disease and 2.29 the risk for stroke.
Lupus is a form of arthritis that is a disease of the immune system. Lupus can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, blood, and many other parts of the body. The immune system is a natural defense against infections, such as bacteria and viruses. In the case of lupus, the immune system produces antibodies that attack the body’s own tissues.
Lupus may be a chronic disease, but there are a few things that can be done to manage it. Once a person has been diagnosed there are a few treatments and medications that they can begin. Diet and exercise are also highly recommended.
For more information, contact the Rocky Mountain Chapter, at 800-475-6447 or by visiting www.rockymountainarthritis.org.
Comcast Cares Day Visits Denver Health
More than 400 Comcast employees generously donated their time April 25, to help spruce up the Denver Health campus and facilities during the eighth annual Comcast Cares Day.
Volunteers were at Denver Health working on landscaping, painting and other projects throughout the day. David Cohen, executive vice president, Comcast, joined Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and Colorado Senator Michael Bennett to kick-off the day-long event, followed by the planting of the first tree.
In addition to Comcast employees donating their time, Cohen presented the Denver Health Foundation with a $25,000 check from Comcast, to benefit the patient assistance fund.
Denver Health, formerly known as Denver General Hospital, is the Rocky Mountain Region’s Level 1 academic trauma center, and the safety net hospital for the Denver area. The Denver Health system, which integrates acute and emergency care with public and community health, includes the Rocky Mountain Regional Trauma Center, Denver’s 911 emergency medical response system, Denver Health Paramedic Division, eight family health centers, 12 school-based health centers, the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, NurseLine, Correctional Care, Denver CARES, Denver Public Health, the Denver Health Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Center for Medical Response to Terrorism, Mass Casualties and Epidemics.