Tips before One-day Surgery

1. If your cutoff for food and water is at midnight, drink plenty of clear fluids (not alcohol) during the evening until then. If you’re well-hydrated, you’ll feel better and your veins will be fully dilated-and more receptive to IV fluids and drugs.

2. Inform your doctor about any supplements you take. About 70 percent of surgery patients don’t think to do so, but it’s important. Fish oil can increase bleeding, while others, such as kava and St. John’s – wort, may prolong the effects of anesthesia.

3. Shower the night before and the morning of your surgery with anti-bacterial soap, or, even better, use a special wash, like Hibiclens, which kills germs on contact and helps protect your skin for the next 24 hours.

4. Be patient as everyone you meet asks your name and what procedure you’re having done on which body part. Also have someone act as your second eyes, ears, and voice. Write down your medications and medical history beforehand in case you forget.

5. Accept the blanket offered in pre-op. Several studies show that staying warm can lower your risk of Infection.

source: Reader’s Digest


Silent Signs

Four signs or clues to underlying heart disease are:

1. Erectile Dysfunction: when achieving an erection is difficult or impossible, it can be due to clogged arteries in the pelvis that presents before a heart attack hits. There are, on average, three to five years between the onset of ED and the finding of coronary heart disease, plenty of time to detect and work on prevention.

2. Baldness: in men severe baldness at the crown of the head is a strong predictor of silent coronary heart disease at any age according to a new study.

3. Ear Crease:  An angled crease in the ear that runs diagonally from the canal to the lower edge of the earlobe has been mentioned in medical research reports as a sign of silent CHD. The ear crease may result from poor circulation, including in arteries in the heart.

4. Calf Pain When Walking: Atherosclerosis can block leg arteries, particularly in smokers, before CHD is diagnosed. This symptom requires immediate evaluation by your doctor.

Source: Joel E. Kahn MD, clinical professor of medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Published in Reader’s Digest

Drugs with Perks

Here are eight types of drugs that offer health perks.

1. Flu Shot :
Potential Perk: Heart disease and stroke protection.
2. Statins to lower cholesterol
Potential Perk: More successful cancer treatment.
3. Metformin to treat diabetes.
Potential Perk: Avoiding breast cancer.
4. Beta-blockers to lower blood pressure
Potential Perk: Reduced risk of dementia.
5. Levodopa and dopamine agonists for Parkinson’s disease
Potential Perk: A surge in creativity.
6. Adalimumab (Humira) to treat psoriasis.
Potential Perk: Relief for depression.
7, Aspirin to prevent heart attacks
Potential Perk: Stronger odds of colon and prostate cancer survival.
8. Antidepressant Paxil
Potential Perk: Lower risk of heart failure.

Source:AARP The Magazine

Lace up and get out!

Short bursts of exercise, like a 20 minute jog, or bike ride, can increase self-control and boost decision making. Exercising moderately- about 60 percent of your maximum effort increases blood flow to your brain , says lead author Lot Verburgh, whose study is slated to appear in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Just 10 minutes of exercise can make a difference but 20 or 30 minutes is better.

Source: AARP The Magazine 

Feeling misunderstood?

Researchers found that feeling misunderstood makes people less tolerant of physical pain. People who felt they were perceived accurately during a conversation with strangers were able to keep their hands in ice water longer than those who didn’t feel understood. Being with someone who really gets understands you can make feel ready to conquer the world.

Source Reader’s Digest

Is your phone making you itch?

If you answer yes, it’s because many cell phones contain nickel a metal that can cause allergic dermatitis-an itchy rash- on one side of the face and in the ear. ” Women are more likely than man to have the allergy, probably because they were sensitized when they had their ears pierced, which can introduce nickel into the bloodstream,” says Luz Fonacier, MD, head of allergy section, division of allergy and immunology at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, New York.
Fonacier analyzed the most popular models of cell phones and found that most flip phones and about a third of the BlackBerry devices tested contained nickel. The iPhone and Droid models tested contained no nickel at all.
If you suspect your allergic to your phone, you can protect your skin by setting your phone to speakerphone, using an earpiece, or putting a phone cover and clear film screen on your device.

Source: Reader’s Digest