Ask the doctor: Donating blood if you have heart disease

 According to the American Red Cross, you can donate blood provided you meet certain criteria and your doctor has not told you to restrict your activity. Wait at least six months before donating if you have an episode of angina, a heart attack, bypass surgery, angioplasty, or a change in your heart condition that resulted in a change to your medications. If you have a heart murmur or have been treated for a heart valve disorder, giving blood is probably safe if you’ve had no symptoms in the last six months.

Also, your blood pressure can’t be too high or too low. The upper limit is 180/100 mm Hg, and the lower limit is 80/50 mm Hg. Taking blood pressure medication does not disqualify you from donating, nor does taking most other drugs used to treat or prevent heart disease.

The one important exception is anti-clotting drugs, which are described in the question above. If you’re taking any of these drugs, you should not donate because your blood won’t clot normally. Even if you meet all the criteria, it’s still a good idea to talk to your doctor before donating, and with the person who takes your health history at the time of donation. 

Below are spiritual recipe for health and wellness: Matthew E. McLaren

Psalm 27:1 “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Psalm 37:39 “But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in time of trouble.”

Psalm 138:3 “In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.”

Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”

2 Corinthians 4:16 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.”

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Psalm 8:2 “Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger.”

Psalm 18:1-2 “I will love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Psalm 18:32 “It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect.”

Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.”

Psalm 22:19 “But You, O LORD, do not be far from Me; O My Strength, hasten to help Me!”

Psalm 28:7-8 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving refuge of His anointed.”

Psalm 29:11 “The LORD will give strength to His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace.”

Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Psalm 54:1 “Save me, O God, by Your name, and vindicate me by Your strength.”

Psalm 65:6 “Who established the mountains by His strength, being clothed with power.”

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