Heart disease is the top cause of death in the United States, killing over 600,000 people a year. There are many factors to heart disease, but you may wind up needing the help of a cardiovascular surgeon and the heart services they can provide. Many people realize they need to see a cardiologist after a trip to the emergency room, but if you have a family history of heart disease, you should be monitoring your heart health closely. Lifestyle changes — such as exercise, improved healthy eating habits, quitting smoking, etc., — and medicines should always be tried before heart surgery, as they can make a huge difference in whether or not you ne Continue reading
The wait was a little longer than you expected, but now you, your husband, and your youngest daughter all have your flu shots.
This year it was actually your daughter who reminded you that it was flu shot season. The three of you were in the car coming home from brunch after church when your daughter suggested that you stop by the medical walk in clinic and see if you could all three get your shots. The appointment and the wait took a little longer than normal because it took awhile to run the insurance. In the end, however, you were able to get all three shots with no copay.
The fact that your daughter was able to leave with the necessary paperwork, though, meant that she would be able to attend her volunteer ass Continue reading
Anxiety and depression are both treatable conditions. Many people, however, do not seek the help and support they need for these issues. Even though their reasons for this will vary, it’s important to know that some individuals may only require short-term neuropsychiatric patient care, while others may benefit from longer-term acute care.
A Brief Overview of Common Anxiety Disorders
Recent figures show that there are approximately 7.7 million people suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Currently, there are believed to be 15 million people who are experiencing social anxiety disorder, while six million have some type of panic disorder.
It’s interesting to note that when someone has an anxiety disorder, they are more likely to visit a doctor and be admitted for a psychiatr Continue reading
Autumn is in the air, which means cold and flu season is on its way. Between 5% to 20% of the United States population comes down with the flu annually, which means keeping clean should be a top priority. But keeping your hands clean and away from your face are only two ways to prevent these common illnesses from making past your body’s first line of defense.
However, once you’ve been infected it’s important to understand the differences between the common cold and the flu in order to receive proper treatment. This can be tricky since the symptoms of a bad cold can be similar to influenza symptoms.
The Common Cold vs. Influenza
Determining whether or not you have a cold or the flu can be challenging based solely on the symptoms you’re experiencing. This is because the common cold and Continue reading
The last ten years have been about nothing more than gymnastics meets, show choir performances, and marching band competitions. It has been fun, but it has been hectic. It has been exciting, but it is often exhausting. As you look forward to the day when both of your girls have schedules that no longer involve you, it is sometimes difficult to imagine how you will fill your days, your weeks, and your months. In preparation for that time, you have decided to start planning to have a getaway for couples. A time to enjoy some hours away from your home, away from your jobs, away from the gymnastics meets and music performances. At first, the idea of a getaway for couples was a Continue reading