To say that we’re going through unprecedented times would be an understatement. These times are tough and trying. Whether it is adults or children, the pandemic has been the trigger for overwhelming emotions for all. Such situations lead to stress and anxiety, especially if you are lonely or isolated. Have you been feeling sad or hopeless? Do you feel worried or uneasy? These could be signs of depression and anxiety. The connection between anxiety and depression Depression and anxiety … [Read more...] about Anxiety & Depression
High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death for Americans. Tens of millions of adults in the United States have high blood pressure, and many do not have it under control because of rare physical symptoms. That is why it is also known as the silent killer. (CDC) In the United States, key findings by the recognized government bodies (Million Hearts) indicate that: Nearly 1 out of 2 adults have hypertension (108 million).Most adults with … [Read more...] about High Blood Pressure: When To Seek Emergency Care
Like happiness, sadness & grief are natural human emotions. But a major depressive/mood disorder isn’t healthy and should not be taken lightly. Depression and anxiety are common diagnosable conditions; however, if left untreated, it can lead to serious health complications. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting people across all age categories. For many of us, the uncertainty building around COVID-19 can be the … [Read more...] about Dealing With Depression In Times of Crisis
A lot of people suffer from anxiety in their normal life. With so much media coverage and information during this uncertain time, it’s hard not to feel anxiety. If you’ve never experienced a panic attack before, many who go experience panic attacks and anxiety can feel like they’re dying when they aren’t. There are a lot of different medical conditions can cause sudden shortness of breath: asthma, chest infection, heart disease, anxiety, panic attacks, and yes — COVID-19. (BR General, April … [Read more...] about Chest Tightness: Anxiety or Coronavirus?
Asthma is a respiratory condition that affects your lungs. It causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. Asthma can be controlled by taking medicine and avoiding the triggers. However, when symptoms get worse, it is called an asthma attack. Asthma affects people of all ages and often starts during childhood. How common is Asthma in the United States? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in … [Read more...] about Asthma Attack Symptoms & First Aid
Stress During a Crisis It’s only fitting that April is Stress Awareness Month. We are facing unprecedented times regarding our health. Our health and the health of our loved ones is paramount always. We want to be vigilant and protect ourselves in every way possible. How does that work during a pandemic or if you have a history of a certain disease in your family? We don’t have a crystal ball when it comes to our health. What we do have is the ability to manage stress. There are … [Read more...] about STRESS RELIEF
Each year, an estimated 20,000,000 Americans are victims of various thyroid conditions that may not show any symptoms at all. 60 percent of them do not even know that there is something wrong. I was one of those Americans. In my case, my condition turned out to be thyroid cancer. And at the age of 34, a month before my baby girl turned 1, I had to have my entire thyroid removed. While my cancer story could employ another 10,000 words (future post alert), the focus of today’s post is to … [Read more...] about Thyroid Awareness: Know The Symptoms
Countless Americans deal with high blood pressure every day. But, when do the effects of hypertension require a visit to the emergency room? Extremely high blood pressure can cause severe life-threatening issues including stroke, aneurysms, heart attacks, and heart failure. Causes of Hypertension Situations that can cause hypertensive emergencies include: Forgetting to take your blood pressure medication Worsening kidney failure An interaction between medications or supplements … [Read more...] about Blood Pressure Emergencies
It’s true that chest pain shouldn’t be ignored, but it’s also true that it can be caused by things that are not actually life-threatening. So when chest pain strikes, how do you know if you should make a trip to the ER? The truth is there really aren’t any hard fast rules In fact, up to 30% of heart attacks include symptoms that actually go unnoticed by the patient. This makes coming up with a solid set of guidelines pretty much impossible. So, when in doubt, seek emergency care right away. … [Read more...] about Chest Pain… When Is It An Emergency?