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Five words or less(NewsUSA) – A refreshing swim can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. These are vascular health bonuses for people who are at risk for stroke, the leading cause of disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.
In 2010, 137,000 Americans died of stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“Swimming is a vascular health bonanza,” said David H. Stone, MD, and a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery. “Low-impact swimming provides a total cardiovascular workout. Regular exercise strengthens the heart muscle, resulting in less effort and a decrease in blood pressure.”
One in every three Americans over 20 years old — 74 million Americans — has high blood pressure according to 2010 statistics from the CDC. One in every six American adults has high cholesterol (more than 250 mg/d L). More American women than men have high cholesterol.
To reduce high cholesterol levels, exercise and diet are important factors. The American Council on Exercise suggests that adults burn 2000 calories a week from exercise.
The lack of regular physical activity results in 250,000 deaths annually, according to a 2003 report in the journal Circulation.
As long as the exercise regimen continues, the health benefits remain.
After 12 to 14 weeks of a three- to five-days-a-week exercise regimen of 20 to 60 minutes at an intensity of 60 to 90 percent heart rate, bad (LDL) cholesterol can decrease by up to 20 percent according to Livestrong.com. Another bonus: aerobic exercise can increase good (HDL) cholesterol.
In a 2010 University of Western Australia study, 100 women swimmers, ages 50 to 70, lowered their bad cholesterol and lost more inches in the waist and hips than walkers. Likewise, swimming is easy on the joints and doesn’t result in overheating.
There are non-invasive screening tests that can detect vascular disease. Medication can treat vascular disease. For free print and electronic vascular health information, visit VascularWeb.org.

Using the Art of Enchantment for Career Success

Many of us have career dreams we aspire to achieve, but often we are left feeling daunted by how to turn those dreams into reality.

Whether your goal is to land your ideal job upon graduating from college or earn that promotion you have been eyeing in your current job, it’s vital to have the support of those around you for your cause.

Garnering the support of others is possible but takes effort, according to Guy Kawasaki, best-selling author and former chief evangelist for Apple Computer. He calls this process “enchantment.”

Get the Facts About Cataracts and Surgery

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Though cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss worldwide, myths persist about their cause and treatment. Cataracts affect nearly 22 million Americans age 40 and older. By age 80, more than half of all Americans will have cataracts, according to the National Eye Institute.
“Cataracts are not preventable, but they are treatable,” said Richard P. Mills, MD, “and the best way to ensure vision stays healthy for a lifetime is to schedule a visit with an ophthalmologist. More than 90 percent of the people who have cataract surgery regain useful vision.”
As the eye’s lens, located behind the pupil, grows older, its cells die and accumulate. The result is blurred vision and “fuzzy” images. Eye injuries, certain medications and diseases such as diabetes are also known to cause cataracts. In the early stages, stronger lighting and eyeglasses may lessen vision problems caused by cataracts. But at a certain point, cataract surgery — the most frequently performed operation in the country — may be necessary. There are four common cataract myths to dispel:
* MYTH 1: Eye drops can prevent or dissolve cataracts.
o FACT: The Food and Drug Administration has not approved any drops that cure or delay cataracts. Since cataracts are not a substance, there is nothing for the drops to dissolve.
* MYTH 2: Close-up tasks like reading or sewing make cataracts worse.
o FACT: Cataracts are not caused by how people use their eyes. However, cataracts likely become more noticeable during close work. One sign of a cataract is the need for more light to do the same activities.
* MYTH 3: Cataracts are reversible.
o FACT: The lens naturally clouds as it ages; this process is unavoidable and irreversible. But its progress can be slowed by quitting smoking, eating a balanced diet and wearing sunglasses.
If you are age 65 and older and you think you have cataracts, you may qualify for a free eye exam. The eye exams are provided by a program called EyeCare America, an organization that works with nearly 7,000 volunteer ophthalmologists across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Visit www.eyecareamerica.org to see if you or a loved one qualifies for this care.

Steady Steps to Prevent Seniors’ Slips and Falls

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Slips and falls are a common cause of injury in the United States, and the risk increases with age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the most common cause of injury deaths, nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma in seniors. But slips and falls are not inevitable – most can be prevented.

Many falls occur in nursing homes and hospitals. In fact, slips and falls are the leading cause of injury in long-term care facilities. If your loved one is in an assisted living facility or nursing home, ask the management about its fall-prevention plan – it should have one. You can also evaluate the facility when you visit. Here are some things to look out for:

* Slippery floors. All floors should be level and offer noticeable traction, as canes and walkers require high slip-resistance. Make sure that there are no loose tiles or thick carpets that could cause seniors to trip. And ask how the floors are cleaned – soap scum can make floors even more slippery.

On the other hand, some manufacturers are producing floor cleaners that increase traction. For example, Traction-Pak from Pak-It (www.pakit.com) is an anti-slip floor treatment that bonds with the floor to form an anti-slip surface, even while wet. This is important, as liquid spills cause many falls.

* Bright lighting. As seniors age, they need more light to see clearly. Frosted bulbs or lamp shades may help reduce glare. Surface-level changes and obstructions should be clearly marked, whether by color-contrast or light strips. Look for night-lights in residents’ rooms, as they improve visibility at night.

* Individual fall-prevention plans. Not all seniors share the same risk. For example, a senior who suffers from dizziness or who is visually impaired is more likely to fall than one who is not. Ask about the particular ways in which the staff will help your loved one avoid falls, such as arranging exercise to increase or retain mobility and training residents in fall prevention.

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Steady Steps to Prevent Seniors’ Slips and Falls

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(NewsUSA) – Slips and falls are a common cause of injury in the United States, and the risk increases with age. According to the Centers for Disease Control …

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To Recognize a Stroke, Think ‘F.A.S.T.’

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Fewer than one in five Americans can identify even one stroke symptom. Stroke, or brain attack, is the leading cause of adult disability and the third leading cause of death in America.

Recognizing when stroke is occurring and reacting fast to get treatment can save lives.

“If you understand the warning signs [of stroke] and get to the hospital quickly, it is possible to even possibly reverse the stroke itself,” says Dr. Dawn Kleindorfer, assistant professor of neurology at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine.

In a recent poll conducted by National Stroke Association, one-third of men could not recognize even one stroke symptom. That is not good news for men, or the women in their lives, who are uniquely impacted by stroke. National Stroke Association’s “Women in Your Life” campaign is working to change these statistics by educating Americans about stroke prevention and recognizing stroke symptoms.

Research also shows that women take longer than men to get to the hospital after experiencing stroke symptoms, and they wait longer to be treated in the emergency room. Women are also more likely to be the caregiver for a stroke survivor.

Many stroke patients have no idea they are having a stroke because it affects judgment. Learning to recognize a stroke is important and easy – just think “F.A.S.T.”

Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

Arms: Ask the person to hold both arms up evenly. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred or mixed up?

Time: If the person shows any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

You can help prevent more than half a million strokes this year. To reduce stroke risk, stop smoking; keep blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes under control; and manage atrial fibrillation (a condition in which the heart beats irregularly).

To order a free “Women in Your Life” book, visit the National Stroke Association Web site at www.stroke.org or call (800) STROKES (787-6537).

Common stroke symptoms:

* Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

* Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding

* Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

* Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

* Sudden severe headache with no known cause