Diagnosis Is First Step in Improving Quality of Life for Those With Common Bleeding Disorder

As a little girl, Kristin Prior came to view what others may have seen as out of the ordinary as normal: The slightest tap or bump would result in a severe bruise, and nosebleeds came often and without warning. As a teenager and into adulthood, Kristin’s menstrual periods would be long, heavy and burdensome. Often, these symptoms kept her from taking part in activities with friends and family or left her worried about what she might encounter when she did.

Thyroid 101: Getting Down to Basics

Shaped like a butterfly or bowtie and sitting at the front of your neck, the thyroid gland is the master of your metabolism. Weighing in at less than one ounce, the thyroid may be small, but it plays a big role in regulating how your body uses and stores energy from the foods you eat. Because the thyroid gland releases hormones that affect most of the body’s organs, production of too much or two little hormone could harm your health.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Will Ruin Your Night

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Do you have trouble sleeping through the night? Do you wake up feeling unrested and consistently drowsy?
Constant daytime drowsiness is one of the leading symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common type of sleep apnea according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. Sleep apnea is a condition occurring when a person’s breathing pauses or decreases during the night due to blocked airways. Extreme snoring and sudden gasps are other common symptoms.
Although sleep apnea isn’t particularly devastating or dangerous, it has adverse effects on one’s life and responsibilities. Someone suffering from OSA will often feel impatient, irritable, forgetful and listless. If untreated, the condition leads to hard-to-treat headaches, severe depression and poor performance at work or school.
The long-term consequences of untreated sleep apnea are significant as well. The sleeping condition may cause or worsen heart disease, heart arrhythmias, heart failure, high blood pressure and strokes.
Furthermore, research shows a connection between shift work and sleep apnea. Shift work is the opposite of a nine-to-five schedule, often consisting of late-night or early-morning hours. Since shift work interrupts an already-damaged sleep cycle, it only compounds existing apnea side effects.
The number of apneic episodes per night can increase significantly, and sleep-deprivation symptoms will only worsen.
It’s estimated that up to one-third of shift workers experience side effects severe enough to diagnose them with shift work disorder. Due to their interrupted sleep schedule, shift work disorder causes sufferers to struggle to stay awake, and to fall asleep.
Imbalanced biological clocks prevent workers from falling asleep when they actually have time, and they also disrupt digestive systems. These added complications make shift work and sleep apnea the Molotov cocktail of sleep deprivation.
For more information on obstructive sleep apnea or shift work disorder, visit www.sleepapnea.org.

Know What to Expect From Your Diabetes for Better Care

Diabetes is a serious condition that affects many Western New Yorkers. Just look at the numbers: adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease. The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for those who don’t have the condition. Finally, $12.8 billion was spent in 2006 on medical costs and lost productivity related to diabetes in the state of New York.

Enjoy a Little Tech-Free Family Time

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Allison Bickhardt started experiencing severe headaches when she was 18. At first, it was just a couple of times a month, but soon the headaches were happening more than half of the month, with some lasting as long as 12 hours. “I had never felt pain like that before,” Allison explained. “It was like I had a vise around my head.”
Allison reached her breaking point when she had to cancel her daughter’s fourth birthday party because of a debilitating headache. The disappointment in her daughter’s face when she told her the party she had been looking forward to for weeks was cancelled was devastating for Allison. After years and countless visits to her primary care physician and general neurologist, Allison decided to seek help from a headache specialist who diagnosed her with Chronic Migraine.
Chronic Migraine is a neurological condition that impacts an estimated 3.2 million Americans.1,2 Chronic Migraine is different from the occasional headache and people with the condition have a diagnosis of migraine and experience headaches on 15 or more days per month with headache lasting four hours a day or longer.3,4,5
“Rewrite Your Day” Campaign
In an effort to raise awareness of Chronic Migraine, Allergan, Inc., National Headache Foundation and HealthyWomen, has launched the “Rewrite Your Day” campaign to give patients like Allison the chance re-create a special moment in their lives lost to Chronic Migraine. Fifteen people with Chronic Migraine will be selected to win a day re-created by celebrity event planner Mindy Weiss — symbolizing the 15 or more headache days a month experienced by people with Chronic Migraine.
“At www.RewriteYourDay.com, people can take a Chronic Migraine quiz to determine if their symptoms signal they may have Chronic Migraine, find a headache specialist near them who is qualified to evaluate, diagnose and properly manage the condition, and share their story of a special moment missed for a chance to have their day re-created by me,” said Ms. Weiss.
About the Rewrite Your Day Contest
No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase does not increase your chance of winning. Visit www.RewriteYourDay.com for Official Rules on how to enter and restrictions. The deadline to enter is December 31, 2011.

Campaign "Rewrites" Special Days for People Living With Chronic Migraines

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Allison Bickhardt started experiencing severe headaches when she was 18. At first, it was just a couple of times a month, but soon the headaches were happening more than half of the month, with some lasting as long as 12 hours. “I had never felt pain like that before,” Allison explained. “It was like I had a vise around my head.”
Allison reached her breaking point when she had to cancel her daughter’s fourth birthday party because of a debilitating headache. The disappointment in her daughter’s face when she told her the party she had been looking forward to for weeks was cancelled was devastating for Allison. After years and countless visits to her primary care physician and general neurologist, Allison decided to seek help from a headache specialist who diagnosed her with Chronic Migraine.
Chronic Migraine is a neurological condition that impacts an estimated 3.2 million Americans.1,2 Chronic Migraine is different from the occasional headache and people with the condition have a diagnosis of migraine and experience headaches on 15 or more days per month with headache lasting four hours a day or longer.3,4,5
“Rewrite Your Day” Campaign
In an effort to raise awareness of Chronic Migraine, Allergan, Inc., National Headache Foundation and HealthyWomen, has launched the “Rewrite Your Day” campaign to give patients like Allison the chance re-create a special moment in their lives lost to Chronic Migraine. Fifteen people with Chronic Migraine will be selected to win a day re-created by celebrity event planner Mindy Weiss — symbolizing the 15 or more headache days a month experienced by people with Chronic Migraine.
“At www.RewriteYourDay.com, people can take a Chronic Migraine quiz to determine if their symptoms signal they may have Chronic Migraine, find a headache specialist near them who is qualified to evaluate, diagnose and properly manage the condition, and share their story of a special moment missed for a chance to have their day re-created by me,” said Ms. Weiss.
About the Rewrite Your Day Contest
No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase does not increase your chance of winning. Visit www.RewriteYourDay.com for Official Rules on how to enter and restrictions. The deadline to enter is December 31, 2011.

Sleep Apnea May Cause You to Snooze on the Job

Do you have trouble sleeping through the night? Do you wake up feeling unrested and consistently drowsy?

Constant daytime drowsiness is one of the leading symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common type of sleep apnea according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. Sleep apnea is a condition occurring when a person’s breathing pauses or decreases during the night due to blocked airways. Extreme snoring and sudden gasps are other common symptoms.

Although sleep apnea isn’t particularly devastating or dangerous, it has adverse effects on one’s life and responsibilities. Someone suffering from OSA will often feel impatient, irritable, forgetful and listless. If untreated, the condition leads to hard-to-treat headaches, severe depression and poor performance at work or school.

Medical Advancement: New Technology to Treat Life-Threatening Heart Rhythm Condi

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Each year, millions of people are affected by ventricular arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats. If left untreated, fast or irregular heartbeats can lead to sudden cardiac death, a condition that kills about 300,000 people in the United States each year,1 more than lung cancer, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS combined.2,3
The key to preventing an arrhythmia from becoming a serious health issue is knowing the warning signs, seeing a doctor for recommended tests to determine if your heart is beating irregularly and receiving an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) or cardiac resynchronization therapy-defibrillator (CRT-D) if an arrhythmia is detected.
Symptoms of rapid heart beating, also called ventricular tachycardia, can include palpitations, rapid heart beats, chest pain, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting or near fainting if the heart is beating too fast to circulate blood effectively. If you experience any of these symptoms, visit a doctor to determine if your condition requires treatment.
ICDs and CRT-Ds Effectively Treat Fast or Irregular Heartbeats
For the past 30 years, ICDs, or small, pocket-sized computers inserted directly under the skin in the upper chest, have been saving lives by delivering a lifesaving shock or painless pacing to stop life-threatening fast or irregular heartbeats. While the majority of shocks delivered are necessary to treat potentially fatal arrhythmias, studies estimate that up to 20 percent of patients with implantable defibrillators may experience inappropriate shocks in response to a benign arrhythmia or electrical noise sensed by the device.4,5,6,7
Protecta XT and ProtectaTM: The Latest Innovation to Reduce Inappropriate Shocks
Medtronic’s new Protecta portfolio of implantable defibrillators includes exclusive features to reduce inappropriate shocks. With SmartShock™ Technology, six Medtronic-exclusive algorithms distinguish between life-threatening and non life-threatening arrhythmias and electrical noise within the device system and deliver lifesaving shock therapy.
“With the advanced technology now available, I know I’m providing my patients with the best care for their heart and also offering them increased peace of mind,” said Hafiza Khan, M.D., electrophysiologist at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano. “This new technology’s proven ability to virtually eliminate inappropriate shock will significantly improve my patients’ confidence and quality of life.”
With the introduction of the Protecta portfolio, patients with an arrhythmia can now continue to live an active life without the worry of their heart condition. To learn more about implantable cardiac devices and the conditions they treat, visit: www.medtronic.com.

Living with Heavy Periods: National Survey Reveals Profound Effects on Daily Activities

By Dr. Michael Bennett, M.D.
Grand Rapids Women’s Health
For NewsUSA

Millions of American women suffer from a medical condition called heavy monthly bleeding (HMB). Many have periods so heavy they can limit daily activities, including work, childcare, exercise and managing household responsibilities.

Despite the significant impact of heavy periods, many women suffer in silence, according to “Living with HMB: A National Survey of 500 Women,” conducted online in June 2010 by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Ferring Pharmaceuticals. The survey found that:

Medical Advancement: New Technology to Treat Life-Threatening Heart Rhythm Conditions

(NewsUSA) – Each year, millions of people are affected by ventricular arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats. If left untreated, fast or irregular heartbeats can lead to sudden cardiac death, a condition that kills about 300,000 people in the United States each year,1 more than lung cancer, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS combined.2,3The key to preventing an arrhythmia from becoming a serious health issue is knowing the warning signs, seeing a doctor for recommended tests to determine if your heart is beating irregularly and receiving an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) or cardiac resynchronization therapy-defibrillator (CRT-D) if an arrhythmia is detected.Symptoms of rapid heart beating, also called ventricular tachycardia, can include palpitations, rapid heart beats, chest pain, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting or near fainting if the heart is beating too fast to circulate blood effectively. If you experience any of these symptoms, visit a doctor to determine if your condition requires treatment.ICDs and CRT-Ds Effectively Treat Fast or Irregular HeartbeatsFor the past 30 years, ICDs, or small, pocket-sized computers inserted directly under the skin in the upper chest, have been saving lives by delivering a lifesaving shock or painless pacing to stop life-threatening fast or irregular heartbeats. While the majority of shocks delivered are necessary to treat potentially fatal arrhythmias, studies estimate that up to 20 percent of patients with implantable defibrillators may experience inappropriate shocks in response to a benign arrhythmia or electrical noise sensed by the device.4,5,6,7Protecta XT and ProtectaTM: The Latest Innovation to Reduce Inappropriate ShocksMedtronic’s new Protecta portfolio of implantable defibrillators includes exclusive features to reduce inappropriate shocks. With SmartShock™ Technology, six Medtronic-exclusive algorithms distinguish between life-threatening and non life-threatening arrhythmias and electrical noise within the device system and deliver lifesaving shock therapy."With the advanced technology now available, I know I’m providing my patients with the best care for their heart and also offering them increased peace of mind," said Hafiza Khan, M.D., electrophysiologist at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano. "This new technology’s proven ability to virtually eliminate inappropriate shock will significantly improve my patients’ confidence and quality of life."With the introduction of the Protecta portfolio, patients with an arrhythmia can now continue to live an active life without the worry of their heart condition. To learn more about implantable cardiac devices and the conditions they treat, visit: www.medtronic.com.    1 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics, 2006 Update.2 American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures. 2006.3 CIA. The World Fact Book – Rank Order – HIV/AIDS – deaths. Available at www.cia.gov.4 Kadish A, Dyer A, Daubert JP, et al., for the Defibrillators in Non-Ischemic Cardiomyopathy Treatment Evaluation (DEFINITE) Investigators. Prophylactic defibrillator implantation in patients with nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy. N Engl J Med. May 20, 2004;350(21):2151-2158.5 Daubert JP, Zareba W, Cannom DS, et al., for the MADIT II Investigators. Inappropriate implantable cardioverter-defibrillator shocks in MADIT II: frequency, mechanisms, predictors, and survival impact. J Am Coll Cardiol. April 8, 2008;51(14):1357-1365.6 Poole JE, Johnson GW, Hellkamp AS, et al. Prognostic importance of defibrillator shocks in patients with heart failure. N Engl J Med. September 4, 2008;359(10):1009-1017.7 Mitka M. New study supports lifesaving benefits of implantable defibrillation devices. JAMA. July 8, 2009;302(2):134-135.