Health Topics

Health Topics

Quick Treatment Crucial to Stroke Patients

Quick Treatment Crucial to Stroke Patients

Each and every day, medical professionals provide life-saving treatments for patients. Stroke patients, in particular, are very critical when it comes to time for treatment. When a patient presents to the emergency room with a stroke, time is of the essence as his or her brain tissue is dying. It is crucial for the stroke emergency team to respond quickly.

According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, Ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke accounting for 87 percent of all strokes. It occurs when a clot blocks a vessel that supplies blood to the brain. Since blood carries oxygen, the brain cells without blood flow are deprived of what they need. They begin to die, losing their ability to control the body’s memory and the muscles they are responsible for.

Lymphedema

Lymphedema

What is lymphedema?

Lymphedema is abnormal accumulation of fluid in one or more parts of body. It can be congenital (primary lymphedema) or it can be acquired (secondary lymphedema). Cancer can be a direct cause of lymphedema.

Heart Disease: what are your risks?

Heart Disease: what are your risks?

February is American Heart Month and it is an important time to learn and know your risk factors of heart disease and how to prevent it. While some risk factors – such as your age, gender, and family history of heart disease - are beyond your control, others can be modified in order to prevent a heart attack.

Cold Weather and Exercise

Cold Weather and Exercise

Frigid temperatures can discourage even the most motivated exercisers. It may be easy to pack away your workout gear for the winter, but you don't have to let cold weather be the end of your fitness routine. Consider exercise is every bit as important as eating, sleeping and breathing... It should not be viewed as an ancillary part of your day, but rather a necessity.

Exercise is safe for almost everyone, even in cold weather. But if you have certain conditions, such as asthma, heart problems or Raynaud's disease, check with your doctor first to review any special precautions you need based on your condition or your medications.

Making YOU a Better YOU

Making YOU a Better YOU

The New Year can be an exciting time and provides an opportunity to recommit to your health and well-being. As we look ahead to 2019 and establish our New Year’s resolutions, now is the time for us to think about our personal health goals and commit to a healthier lifestyle not only this year but for years to come.

A fall may result in a visit to emergency room

A fall may result in a visit to emergency room

With winter in full swing, the rate of visits to urgent care and the emergency department due to falls is on the rise. Falls tend to increase during the winter months, especially with wet, cold and slippery conditions. Falls also occur more frequently around the holidays when people are more active and may be unfamiliar with their surroundings.

About half of all falls occur at home. The incidence of falls increases after age 50 and gradually rises with age, as does the risk for severe injuries and mortality. Almost half of individuals 65 and older end up going to a nursing home or rehabilitation facility after a fall-related injury. No matter what your age, you can reduce your risk for falls by improving your strength, balance and flexibility, and by taking steps to make you stay safe this winter.

Heartburn or Heart Attack?

Heartburn or Heart Attack?

You’ve felt that burning sensation in your chest after eating certain foods, but what if it’s more than just heartburn you’re experiencing? Heartburn and a heart attack may feel very much alike and it is important to know when to seek help. In fact, severe heartburn accounts for more than half of people seen in the ER in which actual heart problems are ruled out.

Is it Flu or a Cold?

Is it Flu or a Cold?

Influenza is a respiratory infection caused by a contagious virus that comes on rather suddenly with fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, or a headache. A cold is also a contagious virus that attacks the nose and throat, causing inflammation and mucous.