It’s a common occurrence to have your blood pressure taken just about every time you visit a clinic or doctor’s office. You sit in the chair with the cuff around your arm, patiently waiting while the cuff contracts and expands. Once it’s finished, the doctor or nurse gives you a couple of numbers. Have you ever wondered what they mean? If you’ve ever been afraid to ask, or just want to understand your blood pressure better, the quick guide below can help.
The weather is getting sunnier, the days are getting longer, and the temperature is rising. The hot summer months are upon us, and living in Northern California means they stick around well into the fall. Because you’re exposed to the sun and heat for a good part of the year, it’s important that you take care of yourself and your loved ones. Learn the 3 most important things you can do to protect your health and body.
We all experience levels of stress, sadness, depression, anxiety and other emotions in our lives. They are part of who we are as human beings and our natural way of responding to situations. But as many as 1 in 5 people are affected by these expected behaviors and responses turning into a mental health condition. The signs of mental illness are not always obvious, and each mental health condition has its own symptoms. It’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms and to know how to help yourself or someone else who is suffering.
Approximately every 38 seconds an American dies from cardiovascular disease. It's a sad statistic that will only get worse if we ignore the problem. Cardiovascular disease is not only the leading cause of death in our nation, but globally as well. A large number of these deaths could be prevented through education and lifestyle change.
If you’re a woman and you’re getting older, you’re at risk of getting breast cancer. These are risk factors that you cannot change. In fact, most women who get breast cancer have no common risk factors or history of the disease in their families. However, there are still ways you can be proactive to keep yourself as healthy as possible as well as detect breast cancer early. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, here are some ways women can lower their risk of breast cancer.
It’s time to trade in your swimming suits for school supplies - back to school season is upon us! While many parents and caregivers are ready to get back into a routine again, actually doing so can take some time. The tips below can help you make healthy choices for your kids as you start the summer to classroom transition.
The sun is a powerful force and too much fun in the sun can lead to serious consequences. Experiencing a sunburn and the pain and peeling that follow is enough to know you want to avoid it ever happening again. It’s easy to remember to slather on the sunscreen during the summer months, but we often forget the importance of intentionally protecting our skin year-round.
The official start of summer brings the fun of outdoor activities, summer camps, vacations -- and high temperatures. It can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of activities and a more relaxed routine, forgetting to take proper care of ourselves and our loved ones when the temperatures get into the triple digits. High temperatures combined with strenuous physical activity can lead to heat exhaustion. Luckily, with the right knowledge and precautions it’s completely preventable.
When you or a loved one has a severe allergic reaction it can be frightening. Some allergic reactions are merely uncomfortable or inconvenient, while others can be life threatening. This type of reaction is called anaphylaxis and can cause the body to go into shock. Blood pressure drops and swelling occurs, creating difficulty breathing. In some cases this reaction can occur in a matter of a minute or two from the time of exposure to the allergen. So what can you do to help someone going into anaphylaxis?
If you are a healthy person, you may not see the need to go see a doctor. If you have no chief complains, what is the point in taking time out of your day and paying a copay just to have a doctor tell you that you are perfectly healthy, right? This couldn't be more wrong. Seeing a doctor regularly for preventative healthcare is just as important for a healthy person as it is for a person who is in poor health for several reasons.