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|Posted on July 16, 2013 at 10:24 PM||comments ()|
Happy July Friends of Take Care Community!
Thanks everyone for the support! I have sincerely enjoyed my journey thus far! July is LUPUS Awareness Month and I must admit, this one was tough for me! Lupus is a heredity disorder and often runs in families for generations. Let’s focus on the signs and symptoms of Lupus and what to do if you suspect you or a loved one may have Lupus.
What is Lupus?
Simplified: Lupus is an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues instead of harmful cells. This act often damages your skin, joints, blood vessels, and some organs.
What makes this disease so nonspecific is that there are several different types or classifications of Lupus, the most common being Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, which is broad and affects many different body systems.
Lupus is a lifelong disease without a current cure, but many different treatment options. Lupus will have its “quiet and active” cycles where one may feel healthy and then have a flare up.
During a flare up, you may experience symptoms. Quiet times, often referred to as “remission”, are when you may have no symptoms. A period of remission may last anywhere from a month to years. (NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
What are the Risk Factors?
As stated before, Lupus is autoimmune, meaning it is caused by antibodies naturally present in the body. The cause of these cells attacking healthy cells is unknown at this point. Lupus cannot be transmitted or caught. Risk factors are as follows:
What are Some Signs and Symptoms of Lupus?
The symptoms are very broad and can be a sign of a number of problems, so as always, I suggest a thorough medical history and exam be performed by a Physician!
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Many women will become alarmed by a very distinguishing symptom of Lupus because it occurs on the face and may not be as vague or as easy to disguise. This symptoms is referred to as Malar or “Butterfly Rash”.
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What testing is done?
Lupus can be diagnosed by:
A simple blood test that may show inflammation, infection or a common symptom, anemia. Any one test often cannot give a diagnosis of Lupus alone; but by putting symptoms together in a complete clinical picture a doctor can diagnosis and begin treatment.
Treatment can range from:
Simple pain management to immune suppression, as this disorder is different from person to person.
Again Community, As I’ve done in the past, I continue to urge you all to find ONE DAY in your year for a health screening by a qualified healthcare professional in your area.
Knowledge is Power, and Prevention is Key!
Don’t forget to leave any feedback or comments. Enjoy your summer, and TAKE CARE!
Take Care Community Outreach Volunteer Nurse,
Denise Starr, RN, CEN
|Posted on June 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM||comments ()|
WELCOME Summer TAKE CARE COMMUNITY!
This months blog will be especially dedicated to all the wonderful Fathers out there....
PROSTATE HEALTH AWARENESS
Truly this picture is ONLY an icebreaker, NOT AT ALL what you should expect! :)
I'll begin by affirming again that my blog DOES NOT replace a doctors care and advise is used in my scope of Registered Nurse to help spread the word of prevention and wellness with cited sources and research. QUESTIONS anyone?
I. What is a prostate anyway??!
Its a normally walnut sized gland that sits under a mans bladder. Its function is to produce the fluid that carries semen. (National Institute of Health, NIH)(MedlinePlus) (And p.s. WOMEN as well have a prostate and will have them routinely checked later in life with a normal vaginal exam! Although our chances of having abnormalities are VERY low, just think, its DOUBLE the fun for us!)
(photo cited via prosventexpert.com)
As men age the prostate may enlarge causing problems such as problems passing urine (dribbling or inability to fully empty bladder or pain), low back pain, or pain with ejaculation. It can even lead to prostate cancer. (NIH)(MedlinePlus)
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II. Am I at risk?
Problems are usually rare in men under the age of 40. Problems are typically seen in those 65 or older. With that being said risk factors include:
If any of the above criteria apply to you, early detection is urged! (NIH) (MedlinePlus).
Point blank, if your physician takes a proper medical history and recommends the test at any age, I encourage you to do it!
III. OK! I'm ready to proceed with a prostate wellness exam, what can I expect?
For starters, I do NOT have a personal opinion about the actual procedure itself, but I know in my nursing experience, its never as bad as you think!!
Your doctor will perform a digital rectal exam, or insert ONE gloved and lubricated finger a little more than an inch into the rectum to feel for any abnormalities in the prostate. You may feel mild discomfort during procedure but it should not be painful. Its last a few minutes or less.(NIH)(MedlinePlus)
(photo cited via National Cancer Institute www.cancer.gov)
Once the procedure is done, your doctor will know whether the prostate feels normal or abnormal. If abnormal, the appropriate test will than be ordered and performed.
PREVENTION is always the key, and EARLY DETECTION is always more successful!
Thanks again for letting me share! TAKE CARE COMMUNITY!!
Take Care Community Nurse
-Ms. Denise RN,CEN
|Posted on June 5, 2013 at 4:11 PM||comments ()|
We invite you to take a look at this article that is related to our "Health Issue of the Month". It discusses a study related to African American Men and Prostate Cancer. The researchers point out factors that may contribute to increased death rates among members of this racial group. It is our goal to help reduce these factors in the community!
Click on the link below to read the article:
|Posted on May 31, 2013 at 11:45 PM||comments ()|
HYPERTENSION AND STROKE PREVENTION MONTH NOTES
REMEMBER THESE 8 EASY TIPS THAT MAY PREVENT HYPERTENSION AND STROKE!
Let's take this last week to look at things recommended by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to help prevent hypertension and stroke:
1. Eat a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables.
Limit salt added to food. Prepared foods and restaurant meals can be high in salt!
2. Maintain a healthy weight (Know your BMI)
3. EXERCISE (Dance, Walk, Swim, Ride your bike)
Exercise helps to maintain a healthy weight. It can also help lower blood pressure. The Surgeon General recommends that adults do moderate-intensity exercise for 2 1/2 hours every week.
4. STOP SMOKING
Smoking injures blood vessels and contributes to hardening of the arteries.
5. Limit Alcohol Use
6. Have your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked regularly.
Visit your Physician for your yearly physical and follow up, if told to do so.
7. Learn to cope with and manage stress
Along with the recommendations provided by the NIH, Take Care Community Outreach, Inc. reminds you to:
8. Participate in services and events provided by Take Care Community Outreach, Inc. that focus on health promotion and disease prevention!
To learn more about Stroke, visit our new blog section, "Nurse Denise's Notes".
It is important to get your blood pressure checked regularly. Hypertension is known as the "silent killer" because many people do not know they have it.
When was your last blood pressure check?
Was it in the normal range?
What is the meaning of the systolic number?
What is the meaning of the diastolic number?
Do you need help finding a place to have your blood pressure checked or to be treated fro hypertension? Contact Take Care Community Outreach, Inc. We encourage you to post questions, comments or share your stories with us!
|Posted on May 12, 2013 at 11:54 AM||comments ()|
Greetings TAKE CARE COMMUNITY!
It's MAY! I can remember a not so happy May and June for me a short time ago as my family and I were going through one of the most difficult times in our lives:
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My dear grandmother was secretly fighting this battle in her world, and died shortly after.
First I want to say... DON'T LET THIS BE YOUR SECRET, THERE IS HELP!
My blog is personal and very informal as I want relay the facts, not scold or condescend. I will site my source of information for you to review later, but as said before, it's informal; basic registered nurse information! I want to help, my "Granny Goo" always taught me to!
How does it begin? Lets get started:
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If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure (HTN), High cholesterol, or Diabetes (DM); You have a higher risk for heart disease which often leads to stroke. Heart disease leads to many health alignments. In this blog, my focus will be STROKE.
There are TWO types of stroke:
INFARCT (blood clot), or HEMORRHAGIC (bleeding):
(A) HEMORRHAGIC: or BLEEDING
This form of stroke happens when a blood vessel or artery (transport of blood flow) in the brain leaks or burst, many times due to built pressures. This rupture (blood accumulation) then compromises the brains space in the skull leading to compromise = decreased functioning or LIFE! (Reference: WebMD)
(B) ISCHEMIC: or CLOT
This form of stroke happens when a blood vessel supplying blood to an area of brain becomes blocked by a blood clot. This form of stroke is more common and accounts for 80% of strokes that occur. It is more commonly seen in diabetics. (Reference. WebMD)
What might be obvious?
There are treatments for both types of strokes but TIME IS VERY IMPORTANT! Please know the signs and symptoms and get help if you are experiencing them.
Always Remember: PREVENTION IS THE KEY!!!
Thanks for the chance to share community! Be educated and empowered! You have people that are educated in healthcare settings, and more importantly at home that love you and will fight for you! Take Care Community Outreach, Inc is here for you as well!
RIP Ruth Tooley Starr, you're loved!
-Denise Starr, RN, CEN
|Posted on May 1, 2013 at 12:17 AM||comments ()|
Obesity Awareness & Education Month
Obesity is Epidemic in the US
Please listen to the podcast below presented by the CDC to learn more about obesity. You will also learn how organizations like Take Care Community Outreach, Inc.are helping to decrease this epidemic.
We hope you have had time to calculate your BMI and to learn more about obesity and risk factors associated with obesity! If not, click on the picture below. Type in your height and weight to calculate your BMI and learn more!
OUR CHILDREN & OBESITY
Data/Facts from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey & The CDC
Please take a listen to the podcast below where Magdalena Berger, a researcher at New York Department of Health & Mental Hygiene talks more about the dangers associated with childhood obesity.
Healthy Eating & Physical Activity are the key to helping prevent childhood Obesity.
Take Care Community Outreach, Inc. (TCC Outreach) supports Let's Move! Which is an initiative, started by our First Lady, Michelle Obama that is dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity. As an organization that focuses on the improvement of our community, we aim to help improve the health of families and children in the US.
If you are in need of help to find funding so that you can provide healthy food to your child or children, please contact us. Also stay connected to keep them involved in our community activities that help promote health!
Click the link below to learn more about this initiative and to also view tips about healthy eating and physical activity.
Please keep checking the website or like us on facebook (click here) for exciting updates and information related to the health issue this month.
As always, we would like to continue to engage the community in our outreach efforts. If you have a story to tell about obesity or would be interested in volunteering to teach others in our community, please contact us. Simply click here.
|Posted on March 20, 2013 at 9:39 PM||comments ()|
We hope you have had a chance to view or listen to the information we have provided about high blood cholesterol!
We want everyone to know that high blood cholesterol can impact children as well. We invite you to view this wonderful site where Anne Kolker, a Registered Dietitian gives us heart healthy tips for the whole family!!
Here are the basics:
1. Increase Fiber Intake
2. Decrease Saturated Fat Intake
3. Increase Intake of Healthy Fats
4. MOVE YOUR BODY!
To learn more about each tip and visit this wonderful website, click on the fruit below!
|Posted on March 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM||comments ()|
Educational Information about High Blood Cholesterol
Take a look at the notes we've made for you about High Blood Cholesterol. This information was provided by the National Institute of Health (NIH)-Heart, Lung & Blood Institutes National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP).
The NCEP "aims to raise awareness and understanding about high blood cholesterol as a risk factor for CHD and the benefits of lowering cholesterol levels as a means of preventing CHD".
Notes Presented by Take Care Community Outreach, Inc.
Cholesterol-What is it?
-Arteries become narrow and hard.
-Blood flow to the heart is slowed down
Blood supplies oxygen to the heart. If you are not getting enough oxygen to the heart, you may experience symptoms such as chest pain. If blood supply is completely cut off, this can result in a heart attack.
What puts you at risk for developing High Blood Cholesterol?
We encourage you to post comments, questions or share your story with us! If you are in need of a PCP in the Prince William County area, or looking for an affordable healthcare option for you or your family please contact us!
Also, if you are interested in volunteering to educate others in the community about high blood cholesterol, click here.
|Posted on March 6, 2013 at 2:12 PM||comments ()|
March is here and this is our high blood cholesterol awareness and education month. We learned a little about cholesterol last month when we focused on heart disease. This month we will have a more in-depth study of high blood cholesterol. We hope you took a listen to the podcast on the home page! Stay tuned for educational information on the site, the blog and in the community!
Take a moment to read this article to learn how a positive outlook on life can help you have healthy cholesterol levels.
How can we help you have a more positive outlook on life?
|Posted on February 13, 2013 at 8:29 PM||comments ()|
Learn More About Heart Disease
By now we hope you have had the opportunity to listen to the presentation about heart disease we created just for you! If you have not had the chance, please click here to check it out.
We wanted to share this podcast from the CDC where Judy Hannan from CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention discusses Tips for lowering the risk for heart disease and stroke:
Although we touched on these tips in our presentation, please take a listen to this interview to learn more!
As always, we invite you to leave comments and questions or contact us if you need assistance with:
Also, if you are without insurance or under insured at this time, please contact us so we can help you learn about a discount plan that can be offered to help with your medical care, prescriptions, dental care and vision care.