How to be heart happy

How to be heart happy

February denotes a month of romance, chocolate, and, of course, all things heart shaped. However, let's not forget the most important heart shape, the muscular organ inside us all.

In a recent article on Healthline, 3.7 million people go to the hospital for heart disease every year, and 12.4 million people visit their physician for heart disease. All while researchers at the American Heart Association spend $135 million on cardiovascular disease and stroke research per year. So why are there so many people worried about their heart? Because heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide. Experts estimate around 715 thousand Americans experience a heart attack every year. So, knowing the facts, are you ready to take a step back and add some of the best practices to keeping your heart happy living a longer, healthier life?


Can the effects of Dementia be treated at home?


Discovering your loved one is experiencing the onset of dementia is one of the most painful and emotionally challenging stages of an adult child’s life. Watching your loved one’s abilities decline requires a candid discussion among family members and physicians to decide the best care. For many, the ideal care setting is within a nursing home or assisted-living facility. For others, the preferred care plan involves allowing the loved one to remain in their home or in the home of an unpaid caregiver. 

More than 15 million Americans – usually family members or friends – provide unpaid caregiving to people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, according to a 2014 report by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Although it’s wonderful so many are willing to assume that responsibility, it’s also important they take steps to make sure the home is a safe place, says Kerry Mills, co-author with Jennifer Brush of the book I Care: A Handbook for Care Partners of People With Dementia.

Along with regular visits to your doctor to monitor progress, loved ones can make adjustments around the home to ensure the safety of both the patient and the caregiving family.  Mills offers these suggestions. 

For the front and back doors. Use bells on the doors, motion sensors that turn on lights or alerts, or other notifications that make the care partner aware when someone has gone out. Add lamps or motion-activated lighting so people can see where they are going when they are entering or leaving the house.

“Another way to discourage someone from wanting to leave the house is to make sure that he or she gets plenty of outside exercise whenever possible,” Mills says.


Stay Healthy at the Gym This Holiday Season and In the New Year

best-nursing-gymAre you taking care of your skin post-workout? Many people aren't aware that gym health extends beyond washing your hands after lifting weights. With recent reports confirming startling MRSA carrier rates in athletes and those who lead active lifestyles, and the dangers of tight activewear, now is better time than ever to implement an after-gym routine that will benefit your skin. Below are tips for keeping your skin healthy once the workout is over:


Five Ways to Warm Up Your Airways to Prevent Asthma Attacks in the Winter

best-nursing-AsthmaIt’s winter, and no matter where you live, you are bound to have chilly days, or downright frigid days. Cold air is not a friend to asthma sufferers.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, “If you’re an athlete with asthma, you don’t have to hold back. With proper medication and conditioning, you can participate fully in sports.  But in colder months, you should take some special precautions because cold dry air can trigger asthma attacks.”

Besides using your asthma medications, there are several tips to help asthma sufferers during the winter months.


Thirteen Symptoms Common With Lupus

best-nursing-lupusLupus is an autoimmune disease characterized by several different symptoms. No two lupus patients are alike, so one might have different signs than the other. The Lupus Foundation provides information and support. “We are devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable, and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact.”

While no two people experience the same effects of the disease, there are twelve signs most common, in any combination. While they are also signs of other diseases, your doctor should perform tests to rule out other problems.