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Aortic aneurysm

Aortic Aneurysm

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Aortic Aneurysm:

Heart Health is something that none of us can afford to take for granted. I got my first real awareness check several years ago when my grandfather had to have a quadruple bypass. That was a difficult time, but then when my Father-in-law suffered a stroke and then additional strokes that lead to his passing, things got much more serious. Nick and I both have family histories of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, so it is critical that we take pro-active steps to reduce our risk now, for the sake of our children.

IF YOU ARE HAVING SEVERE CHEST, BACK, OR BELLY PAIN, OR IF YOU THINK YOU ARE HAVING A HEART ATTACK OR STROKE, IMMEDIATELY GO TO A HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE YOURSELF. CALL 911 FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORT.

The aorta is an especially critical part of the heart system, not that any of them aren’t important, but this particular area is the main artery coming from the heart. It carries blood throughout almost every area of your body, so it’s important to pay attention to any symptoms you have. Many heart problems can be treated, and if caught early enough have relatively good prognosis, but left untreated, can be fatal. When someone has an aortic aneurysm, the aorta has become weak and the pressure of their blood flowing causes a bulge in the weakened area. Should they rupture, internal bleeding would occur, which is obviously very serious.

Some common symptoms are:

  • Chest Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Unusual sensation in the upper chest or back
  • sweating
  • fast heart rate
  • rapid breathing
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • numbness
  • loss of consciousness
  • confusion
There are many other symptoms, but I would advise seeking medical attention if you experience any of these, or simply feel as though something isn’t right. Intuition is invaluable.
As part of a healthy lifestyle, it is important to note that prevention is possible with many medical situations. You may not always be able to prevent every situation, but making the best possible health choices can improve recovery time and reduce the damage or severity of many things.
What can you do to maintain a healthy heart?
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Eat a healthy diet that is low in fat and cholesterol
  • Get moving! Try to at least walk 30 minutes per day. Keep your heart rate up, and do some strength training whenever possible.
  • Get regular health screenings. Your primary care can monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol, and many other aspects. If they notice something out of the normal range, they can properly advise you as to how to keep it under control.
  • Take your prescribed medications. If your doctor prescribes blood pressure or cholesterol medication, do not skip or miss doses.

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How to eat and drink healthy during the holidays

How to eat and drink healthy during the holidays

How to eat and drink healthy during the holidays

I have been working on a series of posts set to go live soon, that feature several of the health and wellness programs available. I am trying to give authentic real person accounts of what is good and bad about these programs, so that anyone looking to make a healthier lifestyle change can make informed decisions about what is the best method for them to use.
In my research, I have been receiving several questions that I plan to address. One such question that I got, and have seen on forums, is how to eat healthy during the holidays, especially with so many treats at home, parties, work, school, etc. Here are some tips that I think everyone can enjoy:
  • Eat a healthy snack before you go. The point of most parties is to socialize. If you aren’t hungry while you are there, you will be better equipped to make smart eating choices, while allowing yourself a small splurge, so you don’t feel guilty.
  • Take a healthy snack as your contribution. I have seen some adorable Christmas Tree shaped fruit trees that people have taken as their pot luck contribution. Everyone loves it, and it’s a healthy alternative. (Side note: When I look at some of the posts, people suggest using wood glue on the toothpick to keep everything attached. Perhaps gluing the part that goes into the foam cone is ok, but I would NOT encourage anyone to put glue on a toothpick, then put fruit on the glue. That’s pretty much the opposite of healthy :) )
  • Exercise before you go. Even if you’re a few minutes late, the soreness in your body will be a reminder of how much effort it takes to work off those extra calories, and may help deter you.
  • Drink water, even flavored, from a reusable bottle while there. Save your calories for a splurge on a seasonal favorite dessert, don’t waste them on liquid calories! Be sure to STAY HYDRATED though!
  • Try to eat small meals throughout the day. If you make a concerted effort to eat regularly, you’ll be less inclined to binge at a party.
  • Keep healthy snacks with you. I know some people who keep snack size containers of non-perishable snacks in their purse of trunk for times when they are away from home and get hungry. Also consider keeping a cooler with fruit, yogurt, or drinks for day trips.

5 exercises for strength training

5 exercises for strength training

Aaron is fascinated with baseball. He loves watching the games, has his favorite teams, and his dream is to play in the Little League World Series. While that might be difficult for him to achieve due to his special needs, he does play in a special needs league. I spent hours researching tips and tricks to do with him to help him increase his strength – which is secretly good for his PT/OT also – and we do pitching exercises. Right now, he can’t get the ball across home plate when he tries to pitch. It’s his dream to be a pitcher, so we have 5 exercises for strength training that will also help him pitch harder.