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Can losing your sense of smell predict heart failure?

By Laura Williamson, American Heart Association News

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Very interesting. Would like to learn more. As stated in the article, "It raises questions......."

Looking forward to reading about results of further studies.

I had an olfactory experience that amazed me. For many years I was working around some chemicals that have a strong odor, but I lost the ability to smell them, most of the time, while I was working. After six months of retirement I noticed that I could smell the chemicals again, and that the odor permeated the clothes I had worn at work. At that point, since no amount of washing would get rid of the odor, I tossed those clothes and got new ones. I have to wonder how my wife put up with me bringing that odor home for so many years. She deserves a medal for putting up with me.

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Smokers can't smell smoke (from cigarettes) either. When they quit for a while, and can smell it again, they describe the aroma as "delicious".

But sound is the same way. Once when I was a kid we moved to a house close to the railroad depot. At first the sound was loud, imposing, and almost intolerable. After a year, we just didn't hear it. Our brains shut that part of our hearing down.

So I wonder if there is anything to smell and aging. If noise can be stifled, so might smell be, without connection to aging. It will be interesting to find out about this.

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