It’s in every living cell, tissue and organ, and it’s second only to oxygen as the thing we need most to survive—pure, clean water. We can’t live without it, and we can’t live well without enough of it. We are constantly in need of water as we lose water with every breath and every activity of the body. We are especially at risk for dehydration when we exercise or we are ill—this is when dehydration, even mild dehydration, can take its toll, causing you to feel tired and drained of energy. Anyone may become dehydrated, but young children, older adults and people with chronic illnesses are most at risk.
In fact, many experts believe that the big-picture view of fit living—that is, more than just getting enough exercise—can actually help improve your overall quality of life. Among the latest to weigh in are Internet medical heavyweight WebMD and Sanford Health, which recently unveiled their “Raising Fit Kids” informational guide that gives a plethora of ideas on how “families can work together” to make positive behavioral changes in all aspects of their lives.
(NewsUSA) – NewsusaInfographic – Advanced heart failure is a serious and deadly disease that needs to be managed and understood. As a progressive disease that is rarely cured, it can get worse over time. That is why it might be time to consider other treatment options — like LVAD therapy.
(NewsUSA) – Northern California native June Auld, 76, leads a very full life. Aside from her day job as a mental health professional, she can be found, with her husband, Glenn, cooking for the homeless, providing foster care to guide dogs or taking walks around their neighborhood.
It was during one of those full days that Auld began experiencing extreme discomfort in her chest. She and her husband went to the emergency department at Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center, where doctors immediately began running tests. Doctors confirmed that Auld had experienced a heart attack, and placed a stent in a blocked artery.
Auld’s decision to seek immediate care at Kaiser Permanente not only saved her life, but saved her from having to undergo more complicated treatment.
“The care Kaiser Permanente gave me was fantastic,” Auld said. “The day after I got home, I did my walk like I had never had a heart problem, and I’ve never had any pain or discomfort since.”
Show your heart some love now and throughout the rest of your life with these five simple, healthy aging tips from Marc Jaffe, M.D., clinical leader, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program.
How to keep your heart strong:
1. Be sweet. Instead of chocolate, try blueberries or strawberries. These heart-healthy treats are filled with natural antioxidants that can help keep your arteries open.
2. Move to the beat. Grab a partner and do some fancy footwork. Any activity that gets you moving — like dancing or walking — can help increase blood circulation, reduce stress and protect your heart.
3. Do your thing. Activities like painting, writing, yoga and meditation can help slow your heart and breathing rates and lower your blood pressure, all of which are good for your body and your heart.
4. Avoid tobacco. If you smoke, join a tobacco-cessation program to help you quit, and talk to your doctor about medications that can help increase your chances of kicking the habit. If you don’t smoke, avoiding secondhand smoke may also help protect your heart, lungs and blood vessels.
5. Maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, losing as little as 10 pounds can make a difference and lower your risk of heart problems.
Living a healthy lifestyle can help your heart stay strong, so you can live — and love — for years to come. See a video about Auld’s story on the Kaiser Permanente Care Stories blog. For more information about Kaiser Permanente and heart care, visit kp.org. For questions or advice about a specific condition, talk to your physician.
(NewsUSA) – NewsusaInfographic – Many people share the overly optimistic belief that they are shielded against suffering a heart attack or stroke. But the truth is, no one is immune to life-altering medical events. And, many don’t understand the financial implications associated with these health issues. Critical illness insurance can help cover costs resulting from an unexpected illness.
(NewsUSA) – Unless you’ve been way out of touch, you probably know that a key part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that taxpayers have qualifying health care coverage. Those without will need to qualify for an exemption, or pay a penalty. This “Individual Shared Responsibility” provision applies to both individuals and families. So, while preparing your tax return this year, here are some things you ought to know.
If in 2014, you, your spouse and everyone else on your tax return (dependents) had “minimum essential coverage,” which includes most employer-sponsored plans, as well as programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and insurance purchased through the Health Insurance Marketplace, you’re in fine shape. Just check the appropriate box that says you are insured for the full year. If there were months that someone on your return had no coverage, that person needs to qualify for an exemption or pay a penalty.
To qualify for an exemption, one of the following situations must exist:
* The individual does not have access to affordable coverage because the minimum annual premium available is more than eight percent of the household income.
* The gap in coverage existed for less than three months.
* The individual qualifies for other exemptions that include a hardship or being a member of a group that is exempt from health coverage (for example, incarcerated inmates or members of a federally recognized Indian tribe).
Without coverage or an exemption, you’ll have to pay a penalty for each month you were not insured. This penalty is calculated and reported on your tax return. In general, the payment amount is the greater of 1 percent of your household income over the filing threshold for your filing status, or $95 per person ($47.50 per person under 18 years old). This caps at a family maximum of $285 for 2014.
You’ll owe half the annual payment for each month you or another person on your return doesn’t have either qualifying health care or an exemption. Sound complicated? Taxes are. That’s why so many taxpayers are thrilled to turn their taxes over to a paid preparer.
If that’s your plan this year, be careful to make sure your preparer is licensed and required to complete continuing education to keep up with the changing tax code. Enrolled agents (“EAs”) are licensed by the U.S. Department of Treasury, must pass an exam administered by IRS and complete IRS-approved continuing education. You can trust your taxes to an EA — locate one in your area on the searchable “Find an EA” database at www.naea.org.
(NewsUSA) – Everyone knows heart health is vital. Yet, more than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease every year — or one in every four deaths — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By arming yourself with information about nutrition, fitness and lifestyle choices, you can reduce your risk for heart disease.
From picking protein-rich foods that are low in saturated fat to snoozing for the optimal amount of time each night, here are some valuable tips to keep your ticker happy:
* Get your protein from foods that are low in saturated fat. While a good steak or hamburger can be enjoyable, it is also high in saturated fat. Better choices are fish, poultry and nuts. If you want something even lighter, consider a protein shake. The Bowflex Body French Vanilla Fitness Shake (www.bowflexbody.com), for instance, offers 15 grams of protein per serving and a scant 1 gram of saturated fat. An added bonus is that these shakes activate the metabolism and help build muscle, burn calories and boost energy.
* Put down the smartphone. In today’s world of 24/7 connectivity, it’s important to unplug from work, email and devices for at least an hour a day. This helps reduce stress, which is important for keeping your blood pressure and heart rate levels from going too high.
* Get some rest. Experts recommend aiming for around seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Consistently getting too few or too many zzz’s can be unhealthy.
* Move your body. A recent study from the University of Cambridge determined that inactivity is more dangerous to your body than obesity. There are limitless activities to get your heart pumping, such as walking, swimming or biking, to name a few. Looking for a workout you can do at home? The Bowflex TreadClimber (www.treadclimber.com) combines the motions of a treadmill, a stair climber and an elliptical for a comfortable low-impact workout that delivers high-impact results.
* Free your inner social butterfly. Better yet, work out with a buddy to help keep you motivated and on track. Research shows that having a strong social network and spending time with others can help reduce blood pressure and other heart disease-related factors.
“Even small steps, like adding one strength-training workout a week, can make a big impact,” says Tom Holland, Bowflex Fitness Advisor and “Beat the Gym” author. “Plus, the Internet is a great resource to find more tips and information.”
For a good place to start, visit www.bowflexinsider.com.
(NewsUSA) – Throughout the years, chronic back pain sufferers haven’t had much in the way of options to relieve their pain. Aside from drug therapy, surgery was often it — leading many who understandably wanted to avoid an invasive approach to search for an alternative. Now, many patients are saying they’ve found that relief through chiropractic care. To learn more, visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.
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But it’s not just about the immediate pain, because this injury affects the soft tissues of the neck caused by the sudden jerking or “whipping” of the head, which can also destabilize the spine—and leave you with severe, long-term pain if left untreated.
It can take anywhere from hours to months for symptoms to present themselves, but they may include:
• Blurred vision