jueves, 23 de febrero de 2017

Heart Month Health Tips

Check your heart list:

___Heart and vascular exam by health care provider
___Blood pressure, pulse, weight, height

For further evaluation especially if symptoms are present, and/ or a strong family history of heart and vascular disease see a cardiologist. Tests may include:
___Doppler echocardiogram
___Stress test - nuclear, doppler or exercise
___Heart MRI scan
___Interventional studies like cardiac catherization

Heart health habits:
Maintain a healthy weight.
Eat healthy small portions.
Exercise regularly - every little bit counts! Just do it regularly.
Keep blood pressure under control.
Keep stress level low.
Get adequate sleep.
Take an aspirin a day if in a high risk group. Check with your health care provider.

Love, laugh, and let go! Have a happy, healthy heart!

miércoles, 15 de febrero de 2017

Author Reading from "Patient Handbook to Medical Care"

In recognition of World Read Aloud Day this excerpt from Patient Handbook to Medical Care: Your Personal Health Guide is available for your listening.  Chapter 3, The Doctor Visit: History and Physical http://bit.ly/fXIuZY
Take charge of your health care with health literacy.  Reading and knowing as much as you can about your health keeps you informed.  This allows for you to get what is best for you.  Best health!

miércoles, 8 de febrero de 2017

Take Charge of Your Healthcare

True wealth is great health. It is time for you to take responsibility for your health. It is time for you to know what your health numbers are. It is time for you to know your medical conditions, risk factors, and family medical history.

Give yourself a medical checkup. Start by writing or typing or recording your medical history - medical conditions, surgery, treatments, family history. Add your medication. Save it. Update it. Add to it. Correct it. Keep it current. Keep a copy in a secure place.

Examine as much of yourself as you can. Look at your skin, hair, nails, eyes, teeth, and every part of your body that is visible to you. Make note of any abnormalities. Make note of any symptoms you have - new, old and ongoing. Go through each body system. Add this information to your medical history.

Add to this your doctors' and health care providers' names, phone number, land address, and email address.

Call your doctor for an appointment for a comprehensive CPE (complete physical exam).  Get it done routinely (yearly, every other year, etc,). Take your information and notes with you on your appointment. Review everything with your doctor. Take notes.

Sign a medical record release to obtain a copy of your medical record from each doctor you see at the time of the visit.

Be sure to schedule a follow-up appointment within a month or less to go over everything with your doctor. Get copies of your information including blood tests, and any other tests as well as medical notes.

Take charge. Care for your health, Be the healthiest you can be. Great health is true wealth!

lunes, 19 de diciembre de 2016

Get Preventive Health Tests You Need

If you are at risk for some disease whether or not it is inherited, why not check for it early? Get checked for everything you possibly can that is available.  Make this a lifestyle change like weight control, exercise, and proper diet.  Help yourself and your health care with preventive tests.
Many doctors are concerned that tests obtained by patients on their own will lead to unnecessary procedures. Often these tests may show abnormal things that are “normal” meaning that the abnormal finding is something that is just there. It is benign, and not life threatening.

What does the doctor do when a patient comes in with a test that they have done on their own? The patient has decided that I may need this test because heart disease, and /or cancer runs in my family, plus heart disease is the number one killer. Should I have a heart scan, or a virtual colonoscopy? Patients are often told that tests may find things that are benign, but something serious may show up. It could be something that would turn up in a few years that could have been prevented if detected early.
What does the doctor do when a patient comes in with abnormal test results from a test they orders and paid for themselves?
1. Repeat the test
2. Refer the patient to a specialist
3. Do more tests to check it out
4. Scold the patient and say “It’s okay. There’s nothing to worry about.”

What does the patient do? What is best for your good health.  Best health!

lunes, 31 de octubre de 2016

Shoppimg for Health Insurance Limited Time Only!

Health insurance open enrollment time is here again.  For something so important, it is quite a quandary instead of a clear, concise issue.  First of all, open enrollment implies that you must wait for a certain time once a year for a sixty to ninety day period when you can shop for insurance. This is exactly what it is.  Unlike most nonmedical services you need or want, you can only shop for and get it for a limited time.  Without it you could get sicker, and pay more for your healthcare.  It would be healthier, more convenient, and make more sense to have open enrollment all year long. At one time many years ago, you could shop and get health insurance all year. Time for shopping for your health and insurance should be like shopping for other things you need.  If you had to wait to buy a car during a once a year open enrollment period, and you were without a car, what would you do? 

Health insurance is too important to have such limited access. Though the cost is high for some, most are able to procure enough to prevent bankruptcy from healthcare costs.  Once you have health insurance, you know and feel what is like to have healthcare provisions.  This is a major issue if you have been without it.  The health insurance experience is a healthy way to learn about your healthcare, and what you can do to make yourself healthier.  Many find it to be a security blanket in case of catastrophic illness, but it is also a prevention guide.

If the objective is to insure more people, limited open enrollment time once a year seems to be a contradiction to getting more people insured.  This could better serve everyone if it were provided in a timely, sensible manner if open enrollment was ongoing.  After all, your health is your most important asset.  You should be able to shop, and buy what you need when you need it beyond a limited time.  Best health!