Friday, February 24, 2017
Hidden malfunctions of the heart can be so obscure that even for the most skilled Cardiologist they can be difficult to detect. Thankfully, following a procedure to detect electrical malfunctions, my fast heart rate was corrected.
Computer technology is making great strides to assist physicians pinpoint those hard to figure out cases or problems that may go overlooked. Read more about IBM Watson imaging technology slated to help diagnose heart disease.
As we are about to close out Heart Awareness Month, take time to learn about the sign and symptoms of heart attack, listen to your body and work towards living a healthier lifestyle to prevent it.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Without doubt, I can attest that relief from low back pain is challenging. One of the best things for lower back pain is to strengthen your core muscles. A good physical therapy program can guide you on the best exercises for core strengthening. Meditation, yoga,Thai chi, massage and acupuncture have proven to be great alternative modalities in achieving pain relief.
Take a little time and explore further "six overlooked remedies for lower back pain relief" and remember...though in the beginning it may be a challenge...for better back health...keep it moving.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
There is a misconception that hearing loss is only prevalent in "older" people or there is no need to have your hearing tested unless it is apparent that your capacity to hear has diminished. Hearing loss is subtle making it very difficult to detect in the earlier stages without being accessed by a board certified Audiologist.
The Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals recommend hearing test begin as early as age 18, regardless of noticeable hearing loss. Testing should be done every five years until age 45 when testing intervals become every three years until age 60. After age 60 it becomes necessary to increase testing to every two years. If a parent suspects their child has some degree of hearing loss, always speak with your pediatrician for their recommendation.
Unfortunately the cost of hearing aids, which can be anywhere from $1500 to $3000 or more per ear, is usually not covered by medical insurance making this an investment that many people cannot afford. Don't let this fact prevent you from exploring sources for insurance and financial assistance that may be available to help cover the cost.
Hearing loss has several causes which can range from the correctable as wax build up in the ears to the more serious as the ruptured ear drum. We can do nothing to change father times impact on our hearing but each on of us can make changes to environmental factors that over time lead to noise induced hearing loss. So...the next time you put those headphones on...turn it down a notch.
Monday, February 13, 2017
When most folks think of health, one area often ignored is their eye health. It is important that we begin to consider eye care as component of good preventative health. A regular examination by a ophthalmologist (not optician) can often detect eye problems before they become sight threatening. February is Macular Degeneration Awareness month. 1.6 million people have macular degeneration which if left undetected and untreated can lead to irreversible blindness. Read more about macular degeneration.