What’s Your HQ – Heart Quotient?
By Dr. John Ed Mathison
A couple of my friends have recently died unexpectedly from heart failure. I had been with them in normal social settings just a couple days before their sudden death. The heart is a strategic part of the human anatomy. It must function effectively or we won’t stay alive. About one in four deaths are the result of heart disease.
I read about a new $100 electrocardiogram machine about the size of two sticks of gum. A person at risk with a heart condition can use this device to monitor their “ticker” without bulky equipment or frequent doctor’s visits. Pressing his/her finger to the device for 30 seconds transmits a medical-grade EKG to their smartphone.
By JEFF MARTIN
I graduated from Jeff Davis High School in 1985, a school I live just a few blocks from today.
I can’t imagine a scenario growing up where my parents could have afforded for me and my three siblings to attend private school. I also can’t imagine a scenario where they would send us to attend a public school today that wasn’t part of the magnet program.
Growing up, private school wasn’t a necessity for a decent education, at least not until my brother Jeremy, nine-years younger, entered the 5th grade at Vaughn Road elementary. In hindsight, Jeremy most likely would have received a perfectly good education in the public school system, but things quickly began to spiral out of control for Montgomery schools.