Healthy Living

Staying Healthy During the Holidays: Tips for Asthma & COPD Patients

December 15, 2016 | Pulmonary/Critical Care

family holiday travelIf you have a chronic respiratory condition like asthma or COPD, the holidays can
present extra health challenges. Attending special events or traveling on an airplane or train can put you in close proximity to sick people, increasing your risk of catching a respiratory virus that could lead to complications. You also need to make extra preparations before any trip to ensure you’ll have the medications needed while away from home.

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4 Tips for Selecting Safe Toys

December 13, 2016 | Primary Care

safe toys for kidsIf you’re searching for holiday toys for your children, grandchildren, or other young family members, remember to consider the safety of your purchases. Each year, 72,000 children under age 5 are treated in emergency rooms across the U.S. for toy-related injuries. In fact, December has been named Safe Toys and Gifts Month to raise awareness of the risks of unsafe toys.

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How to Manage Exercise-Induced Asthma

December 8, 2016 | Primary Care, Pulmonary/Critical Care

Woman running in the fallYou’re only five minutes into your run and all of a sudden you realize you’re having a really difficult time breathing.  This might be normal if only you were much further into your cardio workout, but you’re not — you literally just started.  Then, the coughing and wheezing starts and you have no choice but to cut the workout short. Could you possibly have asthma?

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5 Tips to Prevent the Pain of Heartburn

December 5, 2016 | Primary Care

Heartburn middle aged manYou’ve just enjoyed a great meal with friends, but now you have pain and burning in your upper chest and throat. Heartburn can make you feel miserable, and whether you experience it every day or only on occasion, knowing how to prevent and treat heartburn can save you from painful symptoms and restless nights.

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What You Need to Know About Protecting Your Child From the Flu

November 23, 2016 | Primary Care

Flu shot for childDuring flu season, your children are walking around with targets on their backs. Because elderly individuals and young children are the two groups of individuals who are most susceptible to the flu virus, it’s crucial to get your child vaccinated. Vaccination is your child’s best defense against the flu this season.

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Do I Have Asthma? Recognizing the Signs in Adults

November 18, 2016 | Primary Care, Pulmonary/Critical Care

Woman with asthmaEven if you have chronic coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath, asthma is probably the last thing
on your mind. After all, if you had asthma, you would’ve surely found out as a child, right?

Not exactly.

Many people do not receive an asthma diagnosis until they are well into adulthood. Because the condition has many triggers, your current symptoms could be caused by a new environmental element, or simply by changes in your immune system.

Don’t brush off your symptoms as allergies, sinus problems, or being out of shape. Understand the warning signs of asthma and the importance of getting any related symptoms checked out.

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When a Cough is More Than Just a Cough

November 16, 2016 | Primary Care, Pulmonary/Critical Care

When you haveWoman with chronic cough an ongoing cough, everyday activities like work meetings, going to the movies, or trying to sleep at night suddenly become things you dread. You may feel, in addition to the physical discomfort, annoyance.

A cough at its best is a nuisance. However, a cough at its worst can indicate more serious health problems.

So, how do you know when a cough is more than just a cough?

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Fit Mind, Fit Body: What’s the Connection?

November 14, 2016 | Behavioral Medicine, Primary Care

Mental and physical healthDoctors are discovering more every day about how physical and mental health impact each other. There is increasing evidence that poor physical health increases risks for mental health problems. Likewise, depression and other mental health issues can contribute to everything from back pain to heart disease.

Take into account a few of these facts:

  • Depression has been linked to a 67 percent increased risk of death from heart disease. 
  • A 2011 study showed that six weeks of bicycling or weight training reduced the symptoms of anxiety for women suffering from anxiety disorders. 
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