Why is it important to treat high blood pressure? Treatment is important because having high blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart failure. How is it detected? With a blood pressure cuff that goes around your arm. What causes it? No one knows for sure. However, the following factors can increase your risk: Older age. Men older than 55 years and women older than 65 years are at increased risk. A relative with high blood pressure, heart disease,
Smoking; how do I quit? Quitting smoking can improve your health, but it can be hard. There are nicotine replacement therapies, medicines, and counseling that can make it easier. Talk to us about which option is best for you. What are nicotine replacement therapies? Nicotine replacement therapies, or NRTs, contain less nicotine than cigarettes. Replacing cigarettes with an NRT can help lessen cravings and ease withdrawal symptoms. NRTs are available as skin patches, chewing g
How much do you know about Obesity? According to the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH), the term "morbid obesity" is defined as being 50-100 percent above one's ideal body weight, or 100 pounds above one's ideal body weight.
A person with a BMI (body mass index) value of 40 or greater would also be considered “morbidly obese”. An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered "obese." Obesity is a chronic disease that manifests as a steady, slow, progre
How much do you know about Opioid Dependency & Treatment? Opioids – What exactly are they? Opioids are drugs that doctors prescribe for their patients who are in pain. When used as intended, these drugs provide the pain relief required to help patients recover from painful medical conditions that they have experienced. Unfortunately, some people become dependent to these drugs. How is opioid dependency detected in a loved one or friend? You know someone is dependent when stop