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Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke)

Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke)

Symptoms
Watch for these signs and symptoms if you think you or someone else may be having a stroke. Note when your signs and symptoms begin, because the length of time they have been present may guide your treatment decisions:
• Trouble with speaking and understanding. You may experience confusion. You may slur your words or have difficulty understanding speech.
• Paralysis or numbness of the face, arm or leg. You may develop sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis in your face, arm or leg, especially on one side of your body. Try to raise both your arms over your head at the same time. If one arm begins to fall, you may be having a stroke. Similarly, one side of your mouth may droop when you try to smile.
• Trouble with seeing in one or both eyes. You may suddenly have blurred or blackened vision in one or both eyes, or you may see double.
• Headache. A sudden, severe headache, which may be accompanied by vomiting, dizziness or altered consciousness, may indicate you’re having a stroke.
• Trouble with walking. You may stumble or experience sudden dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination.
When to see a doctor
Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any signs or symptoms of a stroke, even if they seem to fluctuate or disappear.
Think “FAST” and do the following:
• Face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
• Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Or is one arm unable to raise up?
• Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is his or her speech slurred or strange?
• Time. If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.
Call 911 or your local emergency number right away. Don’t wait to see if symptoms go away. Every minute counts. The longer a stroke goes untreated, the greater the potential for brain damage and disability.
If you’re with someone you suspect is having a stroke, watch the person carefully while waiting for emergency assistance.
Causes
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to your brain is interrupted or reduced. This deprives your brain of oxygen and nutrients, which can cause your brain cells to die.
A stroke may be caused by a blocked artery (ischemic stroke) or the leaking or bursting of a blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke). Some people may experience only a temporary disruption of blood flow to their brain (transient ischemic attack, or TIA).
Ischemic stroke
About 85 percent of strokes are ischemic strokes. Ischemic strokes occur when the arteries to your brain become narrowed or blocked, causing severely reduced blood flow (ischemia). The most common ischemic strokes include:
• Thrombotic stroke. A thrombotic stroke occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one of the arteries that supply blood to your brain. A clot may be caused by fatty deposits (plaque) that build up in arteries and cause reduced blood flow (atherosclerosis) or other artery conditions.
• Embolic stroke. An embolic stroke occurs when a blood clot or other debris forms away from your brain — commonly in your heart — and is swept through your bloodstream to lodge in narrower brain arteries. This type of blood clot is called an embolus.

Hemorrhagic stroke
Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in your brain leaks or ruptures. Brain hemorrhages can result from many conditions that affect your blood vessels, including uncontrolled high blood pressure (hypertension), overtreatment with anticoagulants and weak spots in your blood vessel walls (aneurysms).
A less common cause of hemorrhage is the rupture of an abnormal tangle of thin-walled blood vessels (arteriovenous malformation) present at birth. Types of hemorrhagic stroke include:
• Intracerebral hemorrhage. In an intracerebral hemorrhage, a blood vessel in the brain bursts and spills into the surrounding brain tissue, damaging brain cells. Brain cells beyond the leak are deprived of blood and also damaged.
High blood pressure, trauma, vascular malformations, use of blood-thinning medications and other conditions may cause an intracerebral hemorrhage.
• Subarachnoid hemorrhage. In a subarachnoid hemorrhage, an artery on or near the surface of your brain bursts and spills into the space between the surface of your brain and your skull. This bleeding is often signaled by a sudden, severe headache.
A subarachnoid hemorrhage is commonly caused by the bursting of a small sack-shaped or berry-shaped outpouching on an artery known as an aneurysm. After the hemorrhage, the blood vessels in your brain may widen and narrow erratically (vasospasm), causing brain cell damage by further limiting blood flow.

Ischemic stroke

Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
A transient ischemic attack (TIA) — also known as a ministroke — is a brief period of symptoms similar to those you’d have in a stroke. A temporary decrease in blood supply to part of your brain causes TIAs, which often last less than five minutes.
Like an ischemic stroke, a TIA occurs when a clot or debris blocks blood flow to part of your brain. A TIA doesn’t leave lasting symptoms because the blockage is temporary.
Seek emergency care even if your symptoms seem to clear up. Having a TIA puts you at greater risk of having a full-blown stroke, causing permanent damage later. If you’ve had a TIA, it means there’s likely a partially blocked or narrowed artery leading to your brain or a clot source in the heart.
It’s not possible to tell if you’re having a stroke or a TIA based only on your symptoms. Up to half of people whose symptoms appear to go away actually have had a stroke causing brain damage.
Risk factors
Many factors can increase your risk of a stroke. Some factors can also increase your chances of having a heart attack. Potentially treatable stroke risk factors include:
Lifestyle risk factors
• Being overweight or obese
• Physical inactivity
• Heavy or binge drinking
• Use of illicit drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamines
Medical risk factors
• High blood pressure — the risk of stroke begins to increase at blood pressure readings higher than 120/80 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). Your doctor will help you decide on a target blood pressure based on your age, whether you have diabetes and other factors.
• Cigarette smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke.
• High cholesterol.
• Diabetes.
• Obstructive sleep apnea — a sleep disorder in which the oxygen level intermittently drops during the night.
• Cardiovascular disease, including heart failure, heart defects, heart infection or abnormal heart rhythm.
Other factors associated with a higher risk of stroke include:
• Personal or family history of stroke, heart attack or transient ischemic attack.
• Being age 55 or older.
• Race — African-Americans have a higher risk of stroke than do people of other races.
• Gender — Men have a higher risk of stroke than women. Women are usually older when they have strokes, and they’re more likely to die of strokes than are men. Also, they may have some risk from some birth control pills or hormone therapies that include estrogen, as well as from pregnancy and childbirth.
Complications
A stroke can sometimes cause temporary or permanent disabilities, depending on how long the brain lacks blood flow and which part was affected. Complications may include:
• Paralysis or loss of muscle movement. You may become paralyzed on one side of your body, or lose control of certain muscles, such as those on one side of your face or one arm. Physical therapy may help you return to activities hampered by paralysis, such as walking, eating and dressing.
• Difficulty talking or swallowing. A stroke may cause you to have less control over the way the muscles in your mouth and throat move, making it difficult for you to talk clearly (dysarthria), swallow or eat (dysphagia). You also may have difficulty with language (aphasia), including speaking or understanding speech, reading or writing. Therapy with a speech and language pathologist may help.
• Memory loss or thinking difficulties. Many people who have had strokes experience some memory loss. Others may have difficulty thinking, making judgments, reasoning and understanding concepts.
• Emotional problems. People who have had strokes may have more difficulty controlling their emotions, or they may develop depression.
• Pain. People who have had strokes may have pain, numbness or other strange sensations in parts of their bodies affected by stroke. For example, if a stroke causes you to lose feeling in your left arm, you may develop an uncomfortable tingling sensation in that arm.
People also may be sensitive to temperature changes, especially extreme cold after a stroke. This complication is known as central stroke pain or central pain syndrome. This condition generally develops several weeks after a stroke, and it may improve over time. But because the pain is caused by a problem in your brain, rather than a physical injury, there are few treatments.
• Changes in behavior and self-care ability. People who have had strokes may become more withdrawn and less social or more impulsive. They may need help with grooming and daily chores.
As with any brain injury, the success of treating these complications will vary from person to person.

 

Reference:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/stroke/symptoms-causes/dxc-20117265

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World Sickle Cell Day

19  JUNE SICKLE CELL DAY by Dr. Rabia Sardar
Sickle-cell disease (SCD) is a group of blood disorder . The most common type is known as sickle-cell anaemia (SCA). It results in an abnormality in the oxygen-carrying protein haemoglobin  (hemoglobin S) found in red blood cells. This leads to a rigid, sickle shape under certain circumstances. sickle cell disease typically begin around 5 to 6 months of age. A number of health problems may develop, such as attacks of pain (“sickle-cell crisis”),anemia, swelling in hand and feet, bacterial infections and stroke .Long term pain may develop as patient get older.
Sickle-cell disease occurs when a person inherits two abnormal copies of the hemoglobin gene, one from each parent. This gene occurs in chromosome 1. Several subtypes exist, depending on the exact mutation in each haemoglobin gene. An attack can be set off by temperature changes, stress,dehydration, and high altitude.A person with a single abnormal copy does not usually have symptoms and is said to have sickle cell trait. Such people are also referred to as carriers. Diagnosis is by a blood test and some countries test all babies at birth for the disease. Diagnosis is also possible during pregnancy.The care of people with sickle-cell disease may include infection prevention with vaccination and antibiotics , high fluid intake , folic acid supplementation, and pain medication. Other measures may include blood transfusion, and the medication hydroxycarbamide (hydroxyurea)A small proportion of people can be cured by transplant of bone marrow.
Sickle Cell Disease is one of the most frequent genetic disease worldwide. It is present on four continents: in sub-Saharan Africa , in Asia (Middle-East, Arabic peninsula, India,Pakistan), in the Americas, on the North (USA), centre (Guatemala, Caribbean islands), and on the South (Brazil,Surinam, Guiana), in Southern Europe (Southern Italy and Sicily, Greece, Turkey). It is estimated that 500.000 are born every year with this severe and invalidating condition and that 50% of them will die before the age of 5 years..
DIAGNOSIS
Abnormal haemoglobin forms can be detected on haemoglobin electrophoresis. Sickle-cell haemoglobin (HgbS) and haemoglobin C with sickling (HgbSC) the two most common forms . The diagnosis can be confirmed with high performance liquid chromatography ,Genetic testing, are highly specific for HbS and HbC .An acute sickle-cell crisis is often precipitated by infection. Therefore, a urinalysis to detect an occult urinary tract infection, and chest X-ray to look for occult pneumonia should be routinely performed.People who are known carriers of the disease often undergo genetic counseling, before they have a child. A test to see if an unborn child has the disease takes either a blood sample from the fetus or a sample of amniotic fluid. Since taking a blood sample from a fetus has greater risks, the latter test is usually used. Neonatal screening provides a better method of early detection for individuals with sickle-cell disease
SIGN AND SYMPTOMS

Sickle-cell crisis

The terms “sickle-cell crisis” or “sickling crisis” may be used to describe several independent acute conditions occurring in patients with SCD. SCD results in anemia and crises that could be of many types including the vaso occlusive crisis,aplastic crisis, sequestration crisis, haemolytic crisis, and others. “Although infection, dehydration, and acidosis (all of which favor sickling) can act as triggers, in most instances, no predisposing cause is identified
Vaso-occlusive crisis

Painful crises are treated with hydration, analgesics , and blood transfusion, pain management requires opoids administration at regular intervals until the crisis has settled. For milder crises, a subgroup of patients manage on (NSAIDs) such as diclofenac and naproxen. For more severe crises, most patients require inpatient management for intravenous opioids devices are commonly used.

Splenic sequestration crisis

Because of its narrow vessels and function in clearing defective red blood cells, the spleen is frequently affected.It is usually Infarcted before the end of childhood in individuals suffering from sickle-cell anemia. This spleen damage increases the risk of infection from encapsulated organism. preventive antibiotics and vaccinations are recommended.Splenic sequestration crises are acute, painful enlargements of the spleen, caused by intrasplenic trapping of red cells and resulting in a precipitous fall in hemoglobin levels with the potential for hypovolemic shock. Sequestration crises are considered an emergency. If not treated, patients may die within 1–2 hours due to circulatory failure. Management is supportive, sometimes with blood transfusion. These crises are transient, they continue for 3–4 hours and may last for one day

Acute chest syndrome

(ACS) is defined by at least two of the following signs or symptoms: chest pain, fever, pulmonary infiltrate or focal abnormality, respiratory symptoms

Aplastic crisis

Aplastic crises are acute worsenings of the patient’s baseline anaemia, producing palor ,increased heart rate and fatigue. This crisis is normally triggered by parvovirus B19, which directly affects production of red blood cells by invading the red cell precursors and multiplying in and destroying them. Parvovirus infection almost completely prevents red blood cell production for two to three days. In normal individuals, this is of little consequence, but the shortened red cell life of SCD patients results in an abrupt, life-threatening situation.Reticulocyte counts drop dramatically during the disease (reticulopenia), and the rapid turnover of red cells leads to the drop in haemoglobin. This crisis takes 4 days to one week to disappear. Most patients can be managed supportively; some need blood transfusion.

Hemolytic crisis

Hemolytic crises are acute accelerated drops in haemoglobin level. The red blood cells break down at a faster rate. This is particularly common in patients with coexistent G6DP deficiency. Management is supportive, sometimes with blood transfusion.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has started work to promote a world wide agenda to address hemoglobin dysfunctions.
WHO has made a commitment to:
·         Recognize that sickle cell disease is a major health issue.
·         Increase awareness of the world community regarding sickle cell disease.
·         Eliminate harmful and wrong prejudices associated with sickle cell disease.
·         Urges member countries where sickle cell disease is a public health problem to establish health programs at the national level and operate specialized centers for sickle cell disease and facilitate access to treatment.
·         Promote satisfactory access to medical services to people affected with sickle cell disease.
·         Provide technical support to all countries to prevent and manage sickle cell disease.
·         Promote and help research to improve the lives of people affected with sickle cell
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Announcement: CHAP Accreditation

Florida Home Care is proud to announce and takes pride on its recent achievement of “ZERO DEFICIENCY” in the accreditation conducted by the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) – the Globally Recognized US Based Accrediting Body.
We are delighted to be the FIRST in the UAE & in the MIDDLE EAST. This accomplishment sets us as one of the BEST in the healthcare industry.

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Potential health complication and remedies during Ramadan

Heartburn (indigestion)
Those who are on regular medication for indigestion, such as antacids (eg Gaviscon), antihistamines (eg Zantac) or proton pump inhibitors (eg Losec, Zoton or Nexium) are advised to continue taking them, at the pre-dawn meal for instance. The control of heartburn or belching can be aided by eating in moderation and avoiding oily, deep-fried or very spicy food. Reducing your caffeine intake and/or stopping smoking can also be of benefit, if relevant. Sleeping with your head raised on a few pillows and long-term weight loss may also help prevent heartburn.

Headache
This is a common problem and has many causes. Headaches during a fast could commonly be due to dehydration or hunger, inadequate rest, or the absence of addictive substances such as caffeine or nicotine. A moderate and balanced diet, especially not missing the pre-dawn meal, consuming adequate quantities of fluid and if necessary taking a dose of painkillers such as paracetamol, may all go a long way towards either preventing or reducing the risk of developing a disabling headache.

Dehydration
Prevention is always better than cure. However, if you do not adequately rehydrate before a fast, your risk of dehydration is increased. This risk is higher in the elderly and in those taking tablets such as diuretics. Depending on the severity of the dehydration, you may experience a general feeling of being unwell, lethargy, muscle cramps, dizziness, disorientation and even collapse or fainting

Constipation
Constipation could be a very irritating problem for someone undertaking a fast. Maintaining good hydration outside the fast, eating healthly, with lots of fruit and vegetables in your diet, increasing the fibre content of your food using bran, and being active all help to keep your bowel motions as regular as would otherwise be expected. If the problem persists, a short course of bulk laxatives may help.

Poor control of diabetes
Those injecting insulin are advised not to fast, as the potential risk to health, both in the short and long term, of not taking insulin is too great. People who have their diabetes under control using tablets should ensure that they visit their GP prior to Ramadan, in order to discuss any possible changes to their drug regime which would facilitate a safe fast. If not, such patients are at risk of poor control of their diabetes during and outside the fasting times. Regular self-monitoring of your blood glucose is strongly advised. Low blood sugar levels (a ‘hypo’) are dangerous, and if untreated may lead to fainting or fits, and hence must be strictly avoided. Feeling dizzy, sweaty and disorientated may all suggest a hypo. If this is suspected, you should immediately have a sugary drink.

– Dr. Rabia Sardar

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World Blood Donors Day

June 14 is World Blood Donor’s Day.
World Blood Donor Day (WHO) is celebrated on 14 June annually all around the world for safe blood and blood products awareness. It also encourages people to donate blood and save a life. Everyone has a life-saving gift which is Blood.
The blood you donate gives someone another chance at life. One day that someone may be a close relative, a friend, a loved one—or even you.

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Florida Home Care Nurses

Giving Thanks….To Nurses – Healing through Dedication

I would like to take the opportunity of National Nurses week, to express the gratitude and esteem that I and the management of Florida Home Care feel for your professionalism and leadership in achieving and maintaining standard nursing care delivery to our patients. Florida Home Care appreciates your standards of knowledge, skills and abilities in nursing specialty practice and contributions to better patient outcomes. We recognize your level of dedication and competence. We appreciate what you do to help us continue our growth – as a health care provider, and to always build our skills together to contribute to higher standards of care and better patient health outcomes. With your generous support, together we will be able to continue delivering our high-quality Home Care health services to our patient. With my sincere thanks and regards…

 Do you know the significance of “Nurses Appreciation Day?”

In January of 1974, 12 May was chosen as the day to recognize and celebrate the importance of nurses in health care. The day was chosen as it is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.  Her contributions to nursing education, as well as reform to hospitals procedures, were a significant achievement – particularly for a woman born in the 19th century. Known as “The Lady with the Lamp”, her work inspired both public support and royal recognition.

Florida Home Care has been at the frontline of providing home health care services in Abu Dhabi. We know, first hand, what an integral part a nurse plays not only in an individual’s progress response to treatment, but to the entire health care system.  Day in and day out, our nurses’ work hard to provide healing care and support to those suffering from trauma, illness, and disease. From the most trivial of tasks to the most significant, our nurses care for patients in a way that no one else can, forming the frontrunners of the healthcare industry today.

Do you have a special note for your nurse??? Share it with us and we will pass it on to our wonderful team…..

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Caring For Those Tired Joints

Standing, bending, climbing, walking, sitting, typing, cooking ….. so many of our daily activities require healthy, functional joints. Some joints provide stability, while others help us move about from place to place.

Isn’t the human body complex? There are so many moving parts that need to function in synchronicity to help you live. Sometimes message from our body can be confusing. Pain in one area may actually be because of a problem in another. Don’t let your body fool you. If you get your health game strong and gather the right amount of knowledge you can lead a pain free life.

Aging and stress lead to wear and tear on our body. And if you are dealing with pain day to day, it can wear you down even more, causing fatigue, depression, and disrupting your everyday life.

It may seem counterintuitive, but being busy and active helps relieve the fatigue. Yes, that’s right. As repetitive as it sounds, moderate exercise along with a balanced diet is the key to leading a healthy and pain free life.

Some joint issues are more than just using the joints too much – or not enough. One of the most common joint problems is Arthritis, which means inflammation of a joint or joints.

Some of the common types of Arthritis are:

  • Osteoarthritis: This is the most common form of arthritis. It usually develops slowly and gets worse overtime.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: This form is an auto-immune disease, where the immune system attacks healthy cells in the body, causing pain and inflammation. It can affect multiple joints at a time, lead to chronic pain, instability, and deformity in the joints. In addition to joints, it can also affect other organs in the body like lung, liver, etc.
  • SLE: Systemic Lupus Erythematosis is another auto-immune condition which affects multiple systems in the body. Some varying symptoms for lupus are: skin rashes, seizures, oral ulcers, and photosensitivity. Your doctor can differentiate the type of lupus by running some diagnostic tests.
  • Gout: This painful condition is caused by a buildup of uric acid, which forms crystals that cause inflammation in your joints. Gout commonly affects men but women are not immune. Most commonly, Gout is treated by pain relieving meds like NSAIDS prescribed by your doctor.
  • Fibromyalgia: Women are more likely to experience this condition than men. A chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas.
  • Reaction to your meds: Some drugs prescribed to treat one problem could cause a reaction leading to joint pains and fatigue. Be watchful of any symptoms when you start a new drug routine. These kinds are usually associated with rash, change in bowel movements, etc.

Symptoms can vary, depending on the condition but may include:

  • Pain or aching.
  • Stiffness.
  • Swelling.
  • Redness.
  • Less range of motion.

Eating healthy for pain relief doesn’t mean eating dull and boring food. Load up on foods rich in:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Like salmon and nuts to curb inflammation.
  • Vitamin K: Add greens, such as spinach, kale, and cabbage for their pain-soothing properties.
  • Vitamin C: Brighten your diet with juicy oranges, sweet red peppers, tomatoes, and other C-rich foods to minimize cartilage loss that comes with arthritis.
  • Spices: Turmeric and ginger are warming spices and very useful in soothing inflammation.

We at Florida Home Care believe in empowering you with basic skills and information that could lead you onto the path of a healthy lifestyle. A free consultation with one of our professional team member is always a good idea to understand and discuss any symptoms you might be facing in your day to day life.

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Autism Awareness

AWARENESS – NOT FEAR. FACING AUTISM

Autism is a word that can be a frightening diagnosis for a parent to hear.  It’s emotionally distressing to know that your child will have this development disorder for the rest of their life. Understanding what autism is can help the family better help the child, and each other, have a loving and productive life.

Autism is more than just one thing. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) covers a broad range of symptoms associated with this complex brain development. It includes Asperger Syndrome, as well as non specified development disorders. Recognizing the symptoms early and addressing them is important. Symptoms to look for in your child include:

  • Making very little or no eye contact.
  • Not recognizing their name by 12 months old.
  • Greatly delayed speech or language skills.
  • Extended repetitive mannerisms such as flapping their hands, rocking, or spinning in circles.
  • Becoming overly upset at changes in the routine.
  • Repetition of words or phrases that are said to them.
  • Physical look or actions don’t match what’s being said.
  • Extreme sensitivities to light, sound, or textures.

Individually, these symptoms may be a part of growth and development. But combined they can be signs that your child has some form of ASD.

Determining if a child has Autism can be done by the age of two. Diagnosing older children can be done through evaluations. Many times teachers can recognize the first signs through sudden changes in behavior or habits.

Exactly why children develop ASD is still being studied. It typically occurs more in boys than girls. Genetics play a role as well.  It also seems to occur more often in children that have other genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome or tuberous sclerosis.

Living with Autism now is not as bad as in years past. There are many approaches combining different treatments and therapies that can help children grow and learn.  There is no one specific treatment, but a variety of options and combinations of therapies, medications, and training that will help the child and family adapt to the disability.

Occupational Therapy can help develop techniques and methods to take care of daily activities and gain a sense of independence.

Physical Therapy works to develop walking, balance, strength and coordination.

Family Support and Counseling reminds everyone that they are not alone. Knowing you’re part of a community can help to find resources and discover new ideas for improving daily life, and provide much needed emotional support.

Speech Therapy addresses the issue of communication that most suffering from ADS have. It allows the child to better express their needs, so it reduces frustration which can trigger incidents.

A coordinated treatment program can bring all the aspects of evaluation and therapy together. Working with your doctor and other professionals that specialize in care to specific disorders can greatly improve the child’s chance for successful progressive steps.

The earlier the diagnosis, the better chance for proper intervention and development of a treatment program. Autism may be considered a childhood issue, but children grow in to adults. It is something they will be living with throughout their life.  It’s important to give the child a strong foundation in these key areas so they can grow and thrive as adults, something that would not have been possible years ago.

During Autism Awareness Month, it’s important to try to understand the needs of people dealing with ADS.  They should have every opportunity to lead vibrant, independent lives.

Talk to your pediatrician to know more about Autism and educate yourself and make us part of your journey to good health and development.

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Essentials Of A Healthy Pregnancy

Essentials Of A Healthy Pregnancy

“We’re having a baby! Now what?” These are thoughts that go through every couple mind when they receive the news. You hear old stories from your grandma, experiences from your friends, or watched your sister’s journey through 9 months of carrying her baby… it still doesn’t make you any less apprehensive.  Don’t let that nervousness get the better of you.

We thought you might like some essentials that every expecting couple should know. (And soon to be grandparents as well!)

Pre-Natal Vitamins (not your usual candy)-

Even when you’re still trying to conceive, it’s smart to start taking prenatal vitamins. Your baby’s neural cord, which becomes the brain and spinal cord, develops within the first month of pregnancy, so it’s important you get essential nutrients, like folic acid, calcium, and iron, from the very start.

Get your WORKOUT game strong-

Staying active is a must for most moms to be. Regular exercise will help you control your weight, improve circulation, boost your mood, and help you sleep better. Take this as an opportunity to spend more time with your husband/girlfriend/sister by making them your workout partner.

And the added advantage – being in good shape helps you lose your post-baby weight much quicker.

(P.S-Always check with your Medical care provider before you start any new exercise routine)

Strengthen Your Pelvic Muscles-

Kegel exercise helps strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support your bladder, bowels, and uterus. Done correctly, this simple exercise can help make your delivery easier and prevent problems later with incontinence. The best part- these can be done anytime-anywhere!!!

Be Cautious Of Your Daily Routines-

Even everyday tasks like scrubbing the bathroom or cleaning up after pets can become risky when you’re pregnant. Be cautious when you do any of the following:

–           Heavy lifting

–           Climbing on stepstools or ladders

–           Using harsh chemicals

–           Standing for long periods of time, especially near a hot stove

Is your weight under check?

We know – you’re eating for two. But packing on too many extra pounds may make them hard to lose later. At the same time, not gaining enough weight can put the baby at risk for a low-weight birth, a major cause of developmental problems. Discuss your concerns with your Doctor or a nutritionist if needed.

Food Rich in Folates-

Folic acid is crucial for the proper development of the baby’s neural tube (it covers the spinal cord), and it’s vital for the creation of new red blood cells. Start eating plenty of folate-rich foods like fortified cereals, asparagus, lentils, wheat germ, and oranges.

Educate Yourself-

Even if this isn’t your first baby, attending a childbirth class will help you feel more prepared for delivery. Not only will you have the chance to learn more about childbirth and infant care, but you can ask specific questions and voice any concerns.

Take this as an opportunity to learn about your family history and address your concerns with your doctor.

BE CAUTIOUS of Any Unusual Symptoms-

Contact your Medical care provider at the earliest, if you notice any of the following symptoms:

–           Pain of any kind

–           Strong  cramps

–           Contractions at 20-minute intervals

–           Vaginal bleeding or leaking of fluid

–           Dizziness or fainting

–           Shortness of breath

–           Heart palpitations

–           Constant nausea and vomiting

–           Trouble walking, edema (swelling of joints)

–           Decreased activity by the baby

The right education, healthy habits, and lots of love… will make your 9 months of pregnancy the best time of your life!!!

When in need… Let our professional team of Medical Experts provide you with all the essentials.

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Who Needs Physical Therapy

Who Needs PHYSICAL THERAPY?

Pain-free movement is crucial to your ability to earn a living, your independence, and your quality of life. Constantly taking medication doesn’t always solve the problem. Sometimes, the answer is movement.

Physical therapists are movement experts who can identify, diagnose, and treat movement problems.

Who can benefit from the help of a Physical Therapist?

*A senior who has difficulty walking or reaching for something due to pain, loss of range of motion, or decreased strength can greatly benefit from physical therapy.

*It’s a runner’s worst fear: you’re running when it suddenly feels as if something jumped up and bit you in the calf. You tore a muscle. Some pains get solved with rest but other types need an expert, such as a physical therapist, to find the true problem and treat it wisely.

*Pregnancy-related incontinence occurs due to weak pelvic floor muscles. PT helps strengthen your pelvic floor muscles by:

  • Teaching you how to exercise your pelvic floor muscles correctly.
  • Advise on your lifestyle, such as diet, exercise, and fluid intake, which will help you manage the problem.
  • Monitor your progress and modify the exercises accordingly.

* Some diseases can create physical barriers or movement issues. Disease specific healing has been greatly improved by Physical Therapists who understand the limitations and the possibilities of these illnesses.

Some of the conditions helped by PT treatments are:

  • Diabetic wounds
  • Sprains
  • Cardiac rehab
  • Post-stroke healing
  • Cancer recovery
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Cerebral Palsy

Physical Therapy does more than just improve mobility; it helps with reducing the intake of pain medications. When taken on a long-term basis, these over the counter or prescription medicines can damage kidneys and other organs.

Always discuss your condition with your physician. Plan out your goal and treatment options to see if a Physical Therapist can help you achieve a pain-free independent life.

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