miércoles, 27 de septiembre de 2017

Blood Pressure Home Checks

Do you know your average blood pressure reading? Do you know a normal blood pressure should be? High blood pressure, also called hypertension affects 1 in 3 adults worldwide.  It affects more people than any disease in the world. Untreated hypertension leads to unhealthy feelings and symptoms.  It causes heart disease, strokes, kidney failure, blindness, poor circulation, and more. 

A normal reading is 120/80 with borderline at 130/85 to 140/90.  For more accurate measures of your blood pressure and what affects it, you should do home blood pressure monitoring. Buy a blood pressure monitor for home use. Wrist and arm monitors are available in many stores on and off line. Record your blood pressure readings daily starting with morning, midday, and night. Make a note of your activity and how you are feeling. You may notice that extreme anxiety makes it go up. The correlation to your pressure will help you manage the things that make it go up. Share your results with your doctor so medication and lifestyle changes can be made if necessary.

You may find that while your blood pressure is high in the doctor's office, it may be normal in everyday activity. Remember, the doctor's result is a one time reading every one to four or more months. With normal home results, and high results at your doctor visits you may have "white coat" hypertension. There is much controversy over whether this should be treated. Check with your primary care doctor and cardiologist.

If your blood pressure is borderline at 130/85, you want o start a low salt, low fat diet. One of the best is the DASH diet. Integrating healthy food. exercise, weight control, and stress reduction in your treatment plan improves the way you feel and controls blood pressure. For higher blood pressure readings over 140/90, medication may be necessary. Be sure to take your home blood pressure results in to your doctor. This will help in deciding on the best treatment for you. Best health!

White Coat Hypertension: Is It Really High Blood Pressure?  http://bit.ly/1cGaeMj

miércoles, 28 de junio de 2017

Healthy Life Lines: Simple Tips to Improve Your Health

Live healthy.  Live Simply.  “Healthy Life Lines: Simple Tips to Improve Your Health” is a new book that helps you attain good health and keep it stable. http://amzn.to/2nLf1u0  This short book consists of one line health tips that promote wellness and good health.  These tips will encourage you to live a lifestyle of good health.  “Healthy Life Lines: Simple Tips to Improve Your Health” is only available on Kindle.

Healthy life lines include;

·       Be literate in health.

·       Focus on prevention to avoid intervention.

·       Constantly do things to improve your health

·       Embrace healthy routines.

·       Limit and avoid multitasking.

·       Find funny and laugh daily.

·       Keep a health diary.

·       Know your family medical history.

Best health!

More Money Saving Medical Tips

Save Your Money on Your Health

Saving money is healthy and good way to promote good health and wellness. Health prices are escalating more rapidly than prices of other services right now.  There are some things you can do to help avert financial stress. This can include:

·       Shop around for best care and prices.  Your insurance company may cover a diagnostic test with partial payment. This may be higher than the actual charge if you pay yourself.  Call places in your area that offer the same test to check for prices that are cheaper and fit your budget.  If your health insurance deductible is a hefty $6,000 or more, this may fail to be attained.  Paying out of pocket may come out less expensive than $6,000.

·       Cook at home.  Home cooked meals are healthier and cheaper.  You can get more meals from unprepared and uncooked grocery items.  The average cost of one restaurant meal without drinks is about $30.  The grocery equivalent would be two or more good, healthy meals cooked to your taste and perfection.

·       Use cheaper non-prescription medication.  There are many over the counter medication that can do the same as more expensive, newer drugs.  Many of these were prescription medication at one time.  They may be safer as well since they have been in use for a longer time, and been proven effective.

·       Exercise at home.  Create your own exercise plan.  Use exercises you learned in school physical education classes.  Simple stretching, arm rolls, jumping jacks, deep knee bends, sit-ups, and more.  Walking and running on land or in the pool are good aerobic activities.  Exercise can also be done in bed and in a chair.

·       Read more.  The cost to read is better health, more knowledge, and more information of your choice.  The actual cost of reading material can be as free as you make it using the library and Internet.

·       Develop a home entertainment program.  Your choices of your interests have proven to be healthier.  There is less stress over programs and their content.  If it must include television, make your own library with your preferred DVDs and TV sticks that attach to the television.  This works on your schedule. It is free of thoughtless commercial time, unpleasant images, and loud opinions that take away from a program’s content.  Cutting the cable cord can be healthy and good for wellness as well as a big money saver.

·       Take more staycation.  Vacations at home and nearer to home can be much healthier, cheaper, and less stressful.

·       Try to buy mainly that which is necessary leaving the desired for another time when extra money is available.  Reward yourself every now and then, but stay within your means.

·       Save consistently.

For more ways to save money check out “10 Money Saving Medical Tips” http://bit.ly/1Gt4f8I .  Best health!

miércoles, 10 de mayo de 2017

The Medicine Disease Effect

You have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.  Your doctor prescribes a medication for it.  On your six week follow up visit your blood pressure is still up.  Your blood tests now reveal elevated blood sugar, cholesterol, and uric acid.  Your blood tests on the previous visit were within normal limits.  Your doctor gives you two more prescriptions for the diabetes and hyperlipidemia, and advises you on symptoms of gout in case that may occur.

In six weeks after years of normal blood tests you all of a sudden have new diseases.  How did this happen? The medicine effect has given you these new maladies.  Unknown to many are the fact that medication can cause disease as well as heal it.  What a conundrum!  As more medication is added more new diseases can occur.  Additive effects may lead to more new symptoms. 

It is a documented fact that medications have side effects.  Using another drug or drugs to treat the side effects adds up.  Some side effects are actually new diseases. Your need of the medicine may outweigh the consequences that occur if you go without it.  The med effect is a serious disease in itself, but for some it is a healthy way of life.

As your list of medicines grows so does the potential for serious adverse reactions.  Avoiding drug induced disease is certainly a challenge.  One of the best ways to avoid or control it is of course avoidance. This is one reason why it is important for you to know your medicine especially side effects. When you know this, you may be able to maintain better health without so many drugs. For instance, if your blood pressure medicine causes elevated blood sugar, then it is up to you to learn about controlling it with diet and healthy lifestyle changes.

When you get new medications, discuss the benefits as well as the risks with your doctor and pharmacist.  Review the side effects carefully by reading the information that comes with it from the pharmacy.  Also, look it up in a book or on the Internet.  You may be surprised to find out that more new symptoms you were having came from your medication.*  This applies to prescription as well as non-prescription drugs.  Best health!

*"Overmedication and Illness" http://bit.ly/1IRfGiF

miércoles, 29 de marzo de 2017

Abnormal Health Test Followup

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, or cancer runs in my family, and they pose serious health risks. Should I have a heart scan, or a virtual colonoscopy? My doctor has told me that tests like these may find things that are benign, but something serious may show up. It could be something that would turn up in a few years and possibly be life threatening, but if I check now maybe I can do something about it.

What does the doctor do when a patient comes in with abnormal test results from a test they order and pay 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.”

Some doctors are concerned that some preventive medical tests will lead to unnecessary procedures that could harm patients. Often these tests may show abnormal things that are “normal”.  Normal variants are common and usually cause no disease.  Some abnormal normal findings do require further workup and treatment.  Follow up with repeat interval testing and comparison of previous tests is a good way to check on abnormal tests.  If all remains stable, a procedure may be unnecessary.

Health decisions require a team approach between patient and doctor.  This is based on each individual patient's medical history.  There are guidelines that help guide treatment, but they must be tailored for each individual patient.  Any abnormal test results warrant follow up whether your doctor orders the test or you do. Best health!