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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta �20 - THI UTHBRIDGE HERAID - Friday, March 1973 YOUR HOROSCOPE By JEANE DIXON SATURDAY. MARCH 10 Your birthday today: Social betterment, not just yours but that of those around you becomes your main inter- est this year. Today's natives are versatile, with a lasting curiosi'V about human nature. ARIES (March 21- April 19): LAWRENCEE. LAMB, M. D. Sloiv heart can be healthy Dear Dr. Lamb - After reading your answer about the dangers of living without a pacemaker, I decided to write you. I have a slow heart. Until two years ago, my pulse was] always 72 but now it seldom gets above 62. My doctor says1 it is normal for a person to| have a slow-down after they get older but I am not yet 60. I have an abnormal rythm but evidently I am the only one who can tell it. Apparently, do not have a heart block, take medicines, but the best they can do is to increase my heart to 64 or 66. The prob-lem seems to be worse if am constipated. Last time I had a problem, my heart rate dropped down to 50. After twol days of this, I went to the doctor and it was down to 38. He[ gave me some medicine but, my stomach muscles were sore for several days. I am wonder-l ing if you think a pacemaker] would solve the problem Dear Reader - Slow heart! rates by themselves do not nec essarily mean that a person has a serious heart problem. Let me put this into perspective by pointing out that Roger Bannister had a resting heart rate in the middle 70's before he trained to break the four-mfoute mile. After he was fully trained to set this world record, his heart beat only about 38 times per minute. Optimal physical conditioning tends to' slow the heart rate, which, un-| der these circumstances, is sign of health. The truth of the matter isi most people have a higher heart rate than they should have because of their living habits. Coffee, cigarettes and lack of physical activity all contribute to a significant increase in the resting heart rate. Many young, healthy, vigor cus men have heart rates below 50 per minute. It is only when a slow heart rate is associated with heart block or some cardiac condition, that it becomes important. The heart rate can also be slowed markedly through many different reflexes. This can oc cur with the gag reflex, and reflex slowing of the heart is an accomapniment to the problems of fainting in otherwise healthy people. Breath holding can also markedly slow the heart. Straining at the stool with constipation can cause marked slowing of the heart through normal reflex mechanisms. A common problem im mediately after a heart attack is the danger of serious heart irregularities from straining with the first bowel movement When bed pans were used, particularly, many a person died with this effort. I am not sure why you are taking medicine just because you have a heart rate in the 50's or 60's if your blood pressure and everything else normal. If you do not have any associated problems, doesn't seem to me that you have much to worry about Some common medicines slow the heart rate, including digi talis type medicines and some medicines for high blood pres sure. I would also wonder if the constipation and the stomach muscle pains you complain about through reflex mechanism may be contributing your slow heart. In any case T don't think a pacemaker is the solution for your problem, un- You may think you've said it ight, but you may be misunderstood if you are hasty or careless. Take your time. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Even a close-knit family encounters tensions today. Improve your skills, learn more details of a favorite hobby. GEMINI (May 21-Jiine 20): It's natural to ask favors, but keep it simple. One at a time works better, too. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Stay out of disputes. Offer no advice until you are specifically asked for it. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your prestige is up because of an interesting story told about you, for no special reason. Do things that support the image of yourself you want to display. VIRGO (Aug. 23-SCpt. 22): This entire Saturday may as well be spent collecting" odds and ends of uncompleted projects. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Declare this a personal vaca- tion, no matter, what you're doing or have to do. Take a holiday spirit. This can be fun. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Knowing the right people is only part of the story. Get to work improving yourself. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Today's general run of circumstances should please you tremendously. Many different, interesting things are happening. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Now that you've gathered the results of long and diligent cultivation, you find you have more to do for full reward. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Fcb. 18): In your celebration of today's fluent, easy mood be sure you do not drift into taking other people lightly. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You can expect your routine or even a special Saturday sched ulc to be upset by the rush of events. 1973, The Chicago Tribune Ask Andy Andy sends a complete 20-volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Larry Alexander, age 10, of Hunts-ville, Alabama, lor his question: Are any stars in the Milky Way bigger than our Sun? fool our eyes. For example, our sun looks like the largest of all stars. But this is because it is only about 93 million miles away. There are only about 15 other stars within a range of 60 million-million miles. The closest one to the sun is about Yes there are. In the teem-B27 million-million miles away. to Body found on reserve FORT VERMILION (CP) The body of Steven Warren Beaulieu, 16, was found in bush on the Boyer Indian Reserve 12 miles northwest of here. Police believe the yough, who wore only light clothing, died of exposure. An autopsy has been ordered. Fort Vermilion is 330 miles northwest of Edmonton. ing Milky Way, our sun rates as a middling-sized pumpkin. It is much smaller than a large pumpkin type. A Great Pumpkin-type star could swallow a few million sun-sized stars - and have lots of room for dessert. But this is not important. From our point of view, the sun is the biggest and the most gloriously glamorous star in the Milky Way - and also in the whole Universe. * # * As we know, the stars and other heavenly bodies tend to GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN C 1�7J, Th� ChlciW Trlbuiw East-West vulnerable. East deals. NORTH 49 S7Q1084 O AQJ43 * J105 WEST EAST 4KQJ87 4432