“You’ve got that loving feeling” The month of February recognizes heart health and heart disease. The heart is one of the most important functions and organs in your body. It functions as a power supply to pump blood throughout your circulatory system and provides oxygen rich nutrients for metabolic waste. The heart pumps an average of 2.5 billion beats in a lifetime. When the heart stops, so does the body. If heart disease runs in your family, or genetic, cardiovascular disease is often prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices.
Know Your Family History. Some cardiovascular diseases are genetic, so it is wise to make your doctor aware if a parent or sibling has experienced heart disease at an early age. Using the previous 9 points will help decrease your risk, whatever your family history indicates!
A healthy lifestyle is the key to heart disease prevention, and we can help! Give us a call today to meet with your doctor about improving your heart health.
Healthy Eyesight a Critical Component of Lifestyle
As many as one sixth of adult’s struggle with an eye condition that threatens their sight, and far more will experience a certain amount of vision loss as they get older. Some of the leading causes of low vision and blindness are age-related, such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Fortunately, there are a few tips we can follow to minimize our risks and keep our eyes as healthy as possible.
Lifestyle Habits and Vision
Staying active and eating healthy are not just a good way to stay trim and fit, they help our eyes stay healthy! Try to make fruits and dark leafy greens a significant part of your diet and get regular exercise. Just as important is avoiding unhealthy habits like smoking. Smoking is a huge risk factor for many sight-threatening conditions.
Schedule Regular Physical Exams
Chronic conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes, if untreated, can lead to serious eye health problems. Diabetes is linked with diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, and someone with untreated high blood pressure is more prone to eye strokes. All of these can result in permanent vision loss, which is why regular checkups at the doctor’s office are so important for eye health. The earlier a chronic condition is discovered, the earlier you can start fighting back!
Vision Changes and Healthy Eyesight
Changes in eyesight tend to be very gradual, which can make them hard to notice at first. If you do notice a change, schedule an eye appointment. Whether it is the early stages of a serious eye condition or you simply need a prescription updated, it is important to get the eye doctor’s expertise. If you experience symptoms like flashes of light, eye pain or swelling, red eyes, or a sudden increase in how many floaters you see, however, get straight to the eye doctor.
Learn Your Risk Factors for Eye Diseases
If your family has a history of eye diseases, diabetes, or high blood pressure, it could mean you are at higher risk of developing them too. Age is also a huge risk factor. We cannot control whether we fit into these high-risk categories or not, but we can take good precautions like sticking to a regular eye exam schedule and maintaining those healthy lifestyle habits.
Sunglasses and UV Protection
Keep your eyes safe from harmful UV rays by investing in quality eyewear. Make sure the sunglasses are specifically designed to block 100% of UV-A and UV-B rays. The UV-A protection will be on the label. Without UV protection in sunglasses your vision will get worse will block UV rays and improve your vision defenses.
Schedule Yearly Eye Exams
Eye exams play an important role for healthy eyesight. Some sight-threatening diseases cannot be reversed, but if caught early, we can slow the progression. Regular eye exams can be the difference between permanent vision loss and successfully saving a patient’s sight. Your personal risk factors will determine how frequent those eye exams should be, a yearly eye exam is a good start to better vision.
Ask the Optometrist.
If you want more tips on how to keep your eyes healthy and your vision strong, or if you just need a recommendation on which sunglasses would be best, stop by or call your vision
5 Reasons To Take A Vacation
Studies suggest taking a vacation reduces stress and lowers the blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and increases mental wellness. The longer your vacation, the greater benefits for your health.
1. Vacation time to reduce the most stress is between 5 and 8 days.
2. Take a vacation that improves your mood, warmer temperatures, and outdoor activities.
3. Schedule a vacation get away in your calendar 3-4 times per year.
4. Vacations help you live in the present. Have you ever felt like you appreciate your home, and the people who are in your life more after a vacation? Vacations give life a different perspective.
5. Vacation with friends. Spending time with friends will enhance your relationships and build your networks. You will always remember the time you spent with friends on vacation, because it is special and it doesn't happen as often. Some of your best idea's happen on vacation and around friends.
8 Things You Should Know/ by: Judith Stanton
Telehealth is growing by exponentially a $25.4 billion in 2020 and expected to grow to $55.6 billion by 2025. What about the technology? How are seniors staying actively engaged during the holidays through telehealth?
What telehealth is not, is something every user should be concerned about. Telehealth benefits individuals who have general questions about their health. For example, Q: "What was my last blood pressure reading?", Q: "What should I do if I have an allergic reaction to a medication the doctor recently prescribed?" Q:"How secure is telehealth, is my information secure?"
There are benefits to Telehealth. One benefit is convenience. Some studies suggest improved patient outcomes. Efficiency and improved outcomes, quicker service for the patients. Quicker service depends on the location, service connection, internet speed, and technology. Consider living in a rural area, where physicians office could be 20-25 miles one way. If family or friends are not available to drive the patient to appointments, telehealth would be something to utilize. Telehealth does not replace emergency situations. The last thing you want to do is get on a telehealth conference if your health is in an emergency status. Call 911 so they can get your location.
Check your insurance policy to see if they cover telehealth. The last thing you want is a large bill, because insurance doesn't cover a percentage of the bill. Laws and telehealth are different in each state. Telehealth is also different for Veterans, for more information go to Health Talk to your Doctor | Telehealth VA
Before making a decision to go to telehealth, it is good to have a conversation with the clinic manager, nurse, and physician about your concerns. Also look into online classes that teach basic computer skills, so you can be prepared to use the technology efficiently. Of course there are always glitches in technology, follow up with a paper trail, and request about the appointment or call the clinic to confirm any changes.
Stop Shaving - Donate For A Cause
"No-Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness. Learn more about how you can get involved and start getting hairy! https://no-shave.org/
What You Should Know
5 Early Signs of Lung Cancer
1. A change of sudden or new chronic cough.
2.Shortness of breath.
3. Coughing up blood.
4. Chest pain.
5. Hoarseness or wheezing.
You know yourself better than anyone else, if something seems different or out of the ordinary schedule an appointment with your family physician.
Can lung cancer be prevented?
The important things to understand about lung cancer include causes, risks, and prevention. Risk factors may include age, smoking, exposure to radon or asbestos, cancer causing agents in the work place, carcinogens (cancer causing agents) coal products, nickel, diesel exhaust, contaminated drinking water, air pollution, talcum powder, or a personal family history of previous cancers or exposures. "For Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the American Cancer Society (ACS) is warning that anyone can get lung cancer including people who smoke, people who have quit, and people who have never smoked. Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, accounting for 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the United States. Reducing lung cancer deaths today can be achieved by curbing smoking, increasing screening for those at high risk, recognizing the symptoms of lung cancer, and promoting state-of-the-art diagnostic approaches and treatment for those diagnosed with the disease." pressroom.cancer.org/2020-10-29-Lung-Cancer-Can-Strike-Anyone
October Dental Wellness
Protect Your Oral Health
Daily routine, should begin with good hygiene practices.
10 Benefits Of Physical Therapy
10 Benefits of Physical Therapy by: Judith Stanton
Physical therapy emerged in 1921 by Mary MacMillan who established the first American Women’s Physical Therapeutic Association. October is Physical Therapy Awareness Month
* Massage increases the quality of life
* Massage can be useful for treating headaches, stress, daily aches and pains, anxiety, or post traumatic syndrome.
*Massage helps athletes to reach their peak performance and prevent injuries.
*Through physical therapy recovery is sooner.
*Physical therapy can be used as pain control instead of over the counter pain or prescribed medications.
*Massage releases good endorphins in your body that act as natural pain killers.
*Physical therapy helps to treat pain, and mental disorders.
*Therapy improves balance and mobility.
*Physical therapy is often used by stroke recovery patients.
* Physical therapy can sometimes restore without surgery.
When Is A Good Time To Get A Flu Shot?
People who are 65 and older can get their flu shot at any time. Because seniors are at a higher risk for illness, it is recommended by the CDC that they get the flu shot earlier in August, September and October and until January 2021.
What is the difference between Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19?
Are there any new vaccines licensed for use during the 2020-2021 flu season?
There are two new vaccines licensed for use during the 2020-2021 flu season.
Does a flu vaccination increase your risk of getting COVID-19?
There is no evidence that getting a flu vaccination increases your risk of getting sick from a coronavirus, like the one that causes COVID-19.
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