(R) Arizona Sen. John McCain Diagnosed with Brain Cancer

Last Friday, Sen. John McCain underwent surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye. After the surgery, the retired 80-year-old Republican senator took rest days in his Arizona home. But it was not until Wednesday that his office officially announced that John was diagnosed with brain cancer, which had led to the clot.

Glioblastoma Tumor Surgically Removed

In the statement, his office revealed that John was optimistic and also very thankful to the Mayo Clinic staff for their remarkable care and support. The surgical team removed the most aggressive tumor, glioblastoma, which had caused the blood clot. The senator, who is in Arizona with his family, is in good spirits and very optimistic that future treatment will be effective.

According to doctors at Mayo clinic, the senator is responding quite well to treatment, and his underlying health is exceptionally excellent. The doctors also continue to review possible treatment options for the senator. He and his family are considering a combination of radiation and chemotherapy.

His daughter Meghan McCain took to Twitter to write a heartfelt message for her dad. She captioned that the entire family is shocked by the news. Referring to her father’s battle with skin cancer in 2000’s, Meghan said the senator remains the strongest and calmest of them all. “He is the toughest person I know. The cruelest enemy could not break him,” read her quote.

McCain’s Public Service

After the news of McCain’s surgery had hit the news last week, the Senate decided to delay the GOP health bill vote until his recovery.

McCain joined public service in 1982 when he was elected to the House of Representatives. Four years later, he was elected senator and selected the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee as well as Senate Armed Services Committee. In 2008, he joined the presidential race with Sarah Palin as his running mate. However, the two were defeated by Barack Obama and his running mate Joe Biden.

On Wednesday evening, politicians, Republicans and Democrats alike flooded twitter with heartfelt messages wishing the senator a quick recovery.

How Strenuous Exercises Can Expose you to Heart-related Medical Conditions

Though medical professionals have always advised people to exercise regularly so as to minimize the chances of growing obese and contracting life-threatening medical conditions such diabetes, hypertension, and heart attacks, new studies have revealed something of the opposite and more damning to those who exercise regularly https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/well/move/the-toll-of-exercise-on-the-heart-and-why-you-may-not-need-to-worry.html.
Since Pheidippides took part in the first ever marathon in Greece and then collapsed and died, researchers have always played around the idea that extraneous exercises have an adverse effect on the heart.
According to research conducted by researchers based at Radboud University in Netherlands and cardiologists from St. George’s University in London, it was revealed that athletes who run regularly especially the male gender were prone to contracting or developing coronary artery plaques. The presence of plaque inside the body system of a person should be a concern since the moment these plaques break free; they may block the blood vessels leading to heart attacks.
In both of these studies, the study subjects had to answer a set of questionnaires which involved a detailed history of their lifelong exercises as well as the time spent in the exercises. The researchers drawn from both studies then conducted an extensive diagnosis of the study group hearts using CT scans. Apart from this, additional techniques that pinpointed the plaque composition present in the arteries were also used.
In both of these studies, patients who had a history of taking part in extraneous exercises were found to have a high level of plaque in their arteries. Also, both of these studies also discovered that the more active a person was, the higher the probability of having calcified and dense plaques as compared to less active individuals who were found to have fattier and more problematic plaques.
In conclusion, both of these studies linked strenuous exercises to the alteration of the arteries and the growth of plaque which medical studies have shown to cause heart-related problems.