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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta g THE LETHBRIDG6 HERAID Thuridoy, 7, 1972 YOUR HOROSCOPE By JEANE DIXON FKIDAV, SEPT. 8 Your birthday today: By midyear yon mil have turned your thinking into clearer channels for a period o( tran- sition to s more balanced existence. Today's natives ore industrious, fairmind- cd, able to accumulate re- sources over lengthy periods. ARIES (March 21-April Begin immediately on a ed wind up for the week's do- ings, as you will have little chance to clarify anything later. LAWRENCE E. LAMB, M. D. Pacemaker keeps people alive Dear Dr. Laniu What are Ihe dangers of living without a pacemaker when you have a heart block? My father had a pacemaker for two years and is wondering what would hap- pen if he had it removed when the batteries wear out. In the past month it has changed posi- tion and is punching through the Bkin causing a large protru- sion. His doctor said he'd never seen that happen before, but it is not dangerous, Also, could he have his heart condition treated with vitamin E? My father takes an anti- coagulant to keep his blood thin. Do you think vitamin E would help this? Dear Header The kind of heart block you're talking about is associated with a very slow heart rate unless a heart pace- maker is used. The lower cham- bers normally beat very slowly usless they are stimulated by the upper chambers. Since the lower chambers are responsible for pumping the blood out through the body. Mien this happens the pulse is very slow. If it's too slow, there won't be enough blood to the braln> and tliis can cause fainting, con- vulsions or the heart can even go mto a form of standstill or abnormal rhythm. This can be dangerous and can even cause death. The purpose of the pacemaker Is to provide a constant stimu- lus to the lower chambers of the heart so that the heart rate will be fast enough to pump enough blood for the whole body. Put simply, If the heart pacemaker stops working the icart will become very slow again, which can cause any of he things 1 mentioned above, including convulsions and death. Literally, that heart pace- maker is saving your father's life. Removing it would be the same thing as pulling the plug on life itself. There is no way that vitamin E will replace the function of his electrical pace- maker. It's the same thing us asking If vitamin E could re- place n burnt-out fuse in an electric circuit. Interestingly enough, years ago some enthusiasts thought vitamin E would be useful in preventing clotting of the blood but, after extensive clinical trials, most reputable scientists came to the conclusion that it was of no particular value for (his purpose. Your father will probably do very well as long as his pace- maker functions. There are hundreds of people who use these and they have literally saved these individuals' lives. It Is no secret, so I don't mind mentioning that Justice William 0. Douglas of the United Slates Supreme Court has worn a pacemaker for a number o! years. This has been mentioned repeatedly in the news and it serves to point out that Individ- uals with the pacemaker can fill an important function anci live a full life with the aid of such a device. Let me caution you again, though, under no circumstances encourage your father to think that he can gel along without his pacemaker. This could be a life-anti-death decision. TAUBUS (April 20-May Budget both your time and money, take on first the really important matters. Stubborn- ess pays off in savings this GEMINI (May 'oo much concern over trivial Latters and money is the cur- jnt drift. Take the trouble to xpress your deep faith. CANCEIl (June 21 July 'he day is best spent smooth- ng out the upsets and loose r.ds of the past several days, ie in no great hurry, bo borough. LEO (July Aug Avoid financial speculations, )arlaying already thinly spread nvestments. Bring in the out- "ine of new social groupings. VIRGO (Aug. 23 Sept. You can be of special service jriefly to somebody of great preslige. Make the most of it and go on to other ventures. LIBRA (Sept. 23 Oct. The human element comes in strongly in today's history. Laying aside any financial GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. COHEN o itn Br TM Chrun Trikm Neither vulnerable. North deals. NORTH 0 AK3 Q4Z WEST EAST AA10854 A91B V QSS <93 0952 OQ10S78 SOUTH A2