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The Canyon Vista Medical Center’s Thrive, a wellness depot, offers a Mommy to Mommy Breastfeeding Support Group. New mothers benefit from the network of friends and discussion topics presented at our breastfeeding support groups. These support groups are held weekly and are facilitated by one of our lactation experts. During the meetings you can share[. ]

ALOHA Adult Hearing Loss Support Group 11:00 am

The mission of ALOHA is to provide a support system for individuals with an acquired deaf-ness and/or hearing loss and their families. ALOHA also offers peer support, advocacy, infor-mation and training for individuals with a hearing loss which will enable them to improve their quality of life. During the meetings, you can share experiences and[. ]

Zumba Gold 8:00 am

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Frequently the chair yoga student is unable to participate in a traditional yoga class due to the effects of aging or disability. Chair yoga deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness. The class is taught by Erica[. ]

Help with Medicare 10:00 am

A topic of major concern to all Americans is the cost of healthcare. Federally funded programs like Medicare and Medicaid seem complex and uncertain to many people. It’s important to understand the role of these government sponsored programs as you investigate other funding strategies that are available to help you meet your future medical expenses.[. ]

Zumba Gold Evening 4:15 pm

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Frequently the chair yoga student is unable to participate in a traditional yoga class due to the effects of aging or disability. Chair yoga deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness. The class is taught by Erica[. ]

Kids Zumba Summer Style 1:00 pm

Beat the heat and join us for the coolest party in town with Zumba Kids classes! Travel to the tropics, play some games and have some fun dancing to the music you love! New summer sessions for kids of ALL ages! A Parent/Guardian must be present in Thrive for children to participate. The instructor is[. ]

Kidney Smart 2:00 pm

This FREE Kidney Smart® class is hosted by Canyon Vista Medical Center and DaVita® Si-erra Vista. This class is part of a nationwide effort to empower those diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) by providing basic education on how to manage their health. One in six American adults has CKD, and leading causes include diabetes[. ]

Monsoon Madness: Men s Health Part 2 of 5 5:30 pm

Jared Haros, Paramedic with Fry Fire Department will discuss safety during the monsoon season

The Canyon Vista Medical Center’s Thrive, a wellness depot, offers a Mommy to Mommy Breastfeeding Support Group. New mothers benefit from the network of friends and discussion topics presented at our breastfeeding support groups. These support groups are held weekly and are facilitated by one of our lactation experts. During the meetings you can share[. ]

Zumba Gold 8:00 am

Chair Yoga 9:15 am

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Frequently the chair yoga student is unable to participate in a traditional yoga class due to the effects of aging or disability. Chair yoga deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness. The class is taught by Erica[. ]

Zumba Gold Evening 4:15 pm

Zumba Gold 6:50 am

Zumba Gold 8:00 am

Chair Zumba 9:30 am

Zumba Gold 8:00 am

Chair Yoga 9:15 am

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Frequently the chair yoga student is unable to participate in a traditional yoga class due to the effects of aging or disability. Chair yoga deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness. The class is taught by Erica[. ]

Kids Zumba Summer Style 1:00 pm

Beat the heat and join us for the coolest party in town with Zumba Kids classes! Travel to the tropics, play some games and have some fun dancing to the music you love! New summer sessions for kids of ALL ages! A Parent/Guardian must be present in Thrive for children to participate. The instructor is[. ]

What to Expect When You re Expecting Daddy Edition: Men s Health Part 3 of 5 5:30 pm

Hear from a panel of new and experienced Dads moderated by Ellen Ackerman, RN

The Canyon Vista Medical Center’s Thrive, a wellness depot, offers a Mommy to Mommy Breastfeeding Support Group. New mothers benefit from the network of friends and discussion topics presented at our breastfeeding support groups. These support groups are held weekly and are facilitated by one of our lactation experts. During the meetings you can share[. ]

Senior Nutrition: Iced Tea Month Hydration 1:00 pm

Yes! Tea can be healthful and contribute to hydration. Learn all about this along with what may not be our best choices. Please join Cynthia Aspengren from the U of A South Campus as she discusses how to tackle the topic of nutrition as we age.

Zumba Gold 8:00 am

Chair Yoga 9:15 am

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Frequently the chair yoga student is unable to participate in a traditional yoga class due to the effects of aging or disability. Chair yoga deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness. The class is taught by Erica[. ]

Help with Medicare 10:00 am

A topic of major concern to all Americans is the cost of healthcare. Federally funded programs like Medicare and Medicaid seem complex and uncertain to many people. It’s important to understand the role of these government sponsored programs as you investigate other funding strategies that are available to help you meet your future medical expenses.[. ]

Zumba Gold Evening 4:15 pm

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However; some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join Lisa Brazil from the Alzheimer’s Association to learn to decode behavioral[. ]

Zumba Gold 8:00 am

Chair Yoga 9:15 am

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Frequently the chair yoga student is unable to participate in a traditional yoga class due to the effects of aging or disability. Chair yoga deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness. The class is taught by Erica[. ]

Kids Zumba Summer Style 1:00 pm

Beat the heat and join us for the coolest party in town with Zumba Kids classes! Travel to the tropics, play some games and have some fun dancing to the music you love! New summer sessions for kids of ALL ages! A Parent/Guardian must be present in Thrive for children to participate. The instructor is[. ]

Diagnosis Prostate Cancer: Men s Health Part 4 of 5 5:30 pm

Join Dr. Janet Nettleton, Radiation Oncologist, Cochise Oncology to learn about living with prostate cancer, what’s next, and treatment options.

The Canyon Vista Medical Center’s Thrive, a wellness depot, offers a Mommy to Mommy Breastfeeding Support Group. New mothers benefit from the network of friends and discussion topics presented at our breastfeeding support groups. These support groups are held weekly and are facilitated by one of our lactation experts. During the meetings you can share[. ]

Zumba Gold 8:00 am

Chair Yoga 9:15 am

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Frequently the chair yoga student is unable to participate in a traditional yoga class due to the effects of aging or disability. Chair yoga deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness. The class is taught by Erica[. ]

Zumba Gold Evening 4:15 pm

Zumba Gold 6:50 am

Zumba Gold 8:00 am

Chair Zumba 9:30 am

Zumba Gold 8:00 am

Chair Yoga 9:15 am

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. Frequently the chair yoga student is unable to participate in a traditional yoga class due to the effects of aging or disability. Chair yoga deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness. The class is taught by Erica[. ]

Kids Zumba Summer Style 1:00 pm

Beat the heat and join us for the coolest party in town with Zumba Kids classes! Travel to the tropics, play some games and have some fun dancing to the music you love! New summer sessions for kids of ALL ages! A Parent/Guardian must be present in Thrive for children to participate. The instructor is[. ]

Living Heart Healthy: Men s Health Part 5 of 5 5:30 pm

How to live a healthy lifestyle after a hearth attack with Dr. Vinay Sanghi, Interventional Cardiologist, Sierra Vista Medical Group


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Mayo Clinic: “Heart Disease,” “Heart Disease in Women: Understand Symptoms and Risks,” “Coronary Artery Disease,” “Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy,” “Endocarditis,” “Heart Failure.”

NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “How the Heart Works,” “What Is Heart Disease?” “What Is Coronary Heart Disease?” “What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease?” “What Is Cardiomyopathy?” “What Is Heart Valve Disease?” “What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Valve Disease?” “Heart Murmurs,” “What Are Congenital Heart Defects?” “What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Congenital Heart Defects?” Types of Congenital Heart Defects.”

KidsHealth.org: “Congenital Heart Defects.”

American Heart Association: “Coronary Artery Disease — Coronary Heart Disease,” “Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Monitoring of Arrhythmia,” “About Arrhythmia,” “Why Arrhythmia Matters,” “Symptoms of Heart Valve Problems,” “Heart Valves and Infective Endocarditis.”

CDC: “Coronary Artery Disease.”

NHS: “Coronary Heart Disease.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Dilated Cardiomyopathy,” “Endocarditis.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: “When an Infection Attacks the Heart.”

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    Rehabilitation Center in Wallingford CT

    Regency House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center welcomes you, and thanks you for choosing our center for your healthcare needs. An exceptional community healthcare resource for many years, we exceed expectations in meeting the needs of individuals who require short-term skilled nursing care. Our staff of concerned and dedicated professionals is committed to helping everyone through providing support and guidance on a one-to-one basis. Call us today to speak with one of our staff members.

    Whether you join us for a brief stay or call us your home, we want you to feel as comfortable as you would amongst family, while receiving care such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy. Regency House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center also provide a myriad of medical services including pulmonary rehabilitation, heart failure services for CHF, cardiac recovery, amputee rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation and wound care management to name a few.


    Have you heard? We are a 5 Star Rated Center by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). We are so proud of our team of caregivers for this accomplishment and know it shows every day.

    Regency House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center prides itself on our customer service and maintains a common commitment to the highest level of quality care, a focus on customer service providing a nurturing environment for both patients and families. We are pleased to have received a Customer Experience Award in 2015 and again in 2016 from Pinnacle Quality Insights demonstrating our center s commitment to the Four Pillars of our mission statement: Kindness, Compassion, Service and Excellence.

    Testimonials

    “Last night the staff of this facility showed kindness to my grandparents that will not be forgotten. Thank you so much for what you did and for treating them like family. I look at all of you a little differently now. I know that my grandparents will look on last night as one of their fondest memories. Thank you for caring for them each day and for going above and beyond.”

    -Ralph Correia IV

    “I would highly recommend them to anyone I know. My wife came to Regency House back in 2010 after a hip replacement and she had a wonderful outcome and experience and had praised the staff. I think from my rehab stay at Regency House that the staff is great, a caring group – the doctors on staff, nurses…even the food was great. Nikki, the dining services director brought me a care package when I left, and I had wonderful crab cakes the day I was discharged. Everyone always said good morning, good afternoon, wishing you well, I could go on and on…I almost felt sad to leave here.”

    “Regency House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is our family’s only choice. you have the same nurses and aides every day, they are so friendly, and take the time to get to know you. the staff here becomes your family. Regency House’s staff was so compassionate to my father while he stayed here.”

    “The people here are the best. They genuinely care about their patients and were always willing to go above and beyond to get me better. My husband and I are truly thankfully for all they have done.”

    “The staff at Regency House is wonderful. The therapists worked tirelessly with me and were always encouraging me to push myself to get better, so I could return home. The care I received was second to none. I can’t thank them enough for all they did for me.”

    -Robert J. Devaney

    Regency House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

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    Few of us want to contemplate the reality of being diagnosed with a serious illness. Even fewer of us have given any thought to how we’d cope financially. And although the odds of surviving a critical illness are better than ever, consider these statistics*:

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    Living with a critical illness can be a huge challenge – not only physically and emotionally – but also financially. During your recovery, you may end up having to pay for healthcare services, special drugs and supplements, and homecare expenses not covered by your government health insurance plan. You might even have to travel, to get the medical attention you need. Add all of this to your regular household bills, and the financial consequences of surviving a serious illness could add up very quickly.

    You can’t predict the future, but you can be prepared for it!

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    So you’ll have fewer financial worries and be able to focus on what’s really important – making a full and speedy recovery.

    1 Source: Canadian Cancer Society 2011
    2 Source: Heart and Stroke Foundations of Canada 2012
    3 Source: Heart and Stroke Foundations of Canada 2012
    4 Source: Heart and Stroke Foundation 2007
    5 Source: Tracking Heart Disease and Stroke in Canada. Released June 2009.

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    A $25,000, $50,000 or $75,000 benefit paid directly to you – to spend however you wish.

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    We sincerely hope you never become critically ill. That’s why we also offer a Return of Premium Option. When you purchase the CoverMe Critical Illness plan with the Return of Premium Option and you reach your 75th birthday without making a claim, Manulife will reimburse all the premiums you paid � up to 100% of your benefit amount. That means you could receive up to $25,000, $50,000 or $75,000 depending upon the coverage you purchase!

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    CoverMe Critical Illness monthly premiums are based on your age, gender and smoking status, so the younger you are when you apply, the lower your premiums will be.

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    Rehabilitation Center in Melville, NY

    Setting the Standard in Comfort and Care

    Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation welcomes you, and thanks you for choosing our center for your healthcare needs. An exceptional community healthcare resource for many years, we exceed expectations in meeting the needs of individuals who require short-term rehabilitative care following hospitalization, or are in need of long-term skilled nursing care. Our staff of concerned and dedicated professionals is committed to helping everyone through providing support and guidance on a one-to-one basis.

    Whether you join us for a brief stay or call us your home, we want you to feel as comfortable as you would amongst family, while receiving care such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy. Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation also provides a myriad of medical services including pulmonary rehabilitation, heart failure services for CHF, cardiac recovery, amputee rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation and wound care management to name a few.

    Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation prides itself on our customer service and maintains a common commitment to the highest level of quality care, a focus on customer service and providing a nurturing environment for both patients and families. We are pleased to have received a Customer Experience Award in 2015 and again in 2016 from Pinnacle Quality Insights demonstrating our center s commitment to the Four Pillars of our mission statement: Kindness, Compassion, Service and Excellence.

    U.S. News World Report has named Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation as one of its Best Nursing Homes for 2013.

    Testimonials

    Huntington Hills has been my mom’s home for the past three and a half years. The wonderful staff on unit 2D was so incredible and caring to my mother and myself, especially during her final days. They have shown so much sincere compassion and have left a lasting impression on me forever. Each and every one of them is special and I would just like you to know this. It isn’t easy having a parent in a nursing home, but I am glad I chose Huntington Hills for her home.

    -Kathy Gladle & family of Gloria Shkursky

    How do we even begin to thank all of you for the wonderful care and compassion shown to Rose DeVito? No one wants to have a loved one in a long term care facility, but after our experience with Huntington Hills, we now know there is a safe and caring alternative if a loved one can no longer stay at home. There wasn’t one visit we had when Rose wasn’t “out and about” doing something – never just sitting in her room staring. We are so grateful for that. We received calls even for a minor medical issue (a cough, a red toe) and knew she was being watched very carefully. Your facility is always clean and decorated beautifully and we enjoyed seeing the various happy birthday signs on residence’s doors for their special day. Our whole family was there often enough to get a very good sense of the care and management and it has all been excellent. Every nurse and aid had a good attitude, even when challenged with a difficult resident. They always had time to speak with us, and were always diligent. It truly was a home away from home for Rose and for us. Please extend our heartfelt thanks to EVERY single person who attended to Rose. We know how difficult their jobs are. But we felt the love and wanted to tell you all, on those difficult days, please reflect back to Rose DeVito and know you made her last months there comfortable and safe. We will miss seeing all of you and are truly grateful for all you have done for her and for us.

    -The DeVito’s: Joe, Diane, Tommy, Esperanza and Ernie

    “I was at Huntington Hills and was most impressed by the excellent care I received. The physical therapy was wonderful, all staff including the doctors were kind and helpful. Also, the pianist during dining was therapeutic to listen to. I have told my relatives and friends about your facility and would wholeheartedly recommend Huntington Hills to anyone.”

    -Rose Marie Heitshusen

    “Huntington Hills is by far the best nursing facility on Long Island. You have instilled a philosophy and ideals at Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation that ensure the residents are given respect and the best care possible. Our family cannot thank you and your staff enough for all you do.”

    -Debra Kitsos & Family

    “From the time I arrived, and throughout my stay, the staff was wonderful…The nursing staff was very attentive, provided care for me without my feeling helpless or embarrassed. I never imagined having knee replacement surgery and requiring the care provided by Huntington Hills.”

    “I had been at two other rehab facilities before going to Huntington Hills, so I feel as though I can definitely compare them. Your facility was beyond the very best. Everything about it was just about perfect. It made what was a very difficult time, much easier.”

    “My father was a short-term rehab patient for several weeks for a pelvic fracture. The care provided to him was outstanding and as a social worker, I don’t believe I ever worked in such a warm, caring setting such as this. He had a difficult time adjusting to being out of his home environment, but the patience and devotion from the staff was incredible. I truly appreciate the compassion and professionalism of the staff and know that it played a huge part in his recovery.”

    “I have come such a long way from when I first entered this center and just wanted to express my gratitude to everyone who helped me along the way.”

    Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation

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    High blood pressure is a risk factor in developing diabetes complication

    Blood pressure control is important whether you have diabetes or not.

    However, having high blood pressure is a key risk factor in developing heart disease. stroke and other complications of diabetes.

    Diabetes and high blood pressure are often associated, and many people with diabetes take medication to lower their blood pressure.

    What is blood pressure?

    Blood pressure means the pressure of blood in your arteries as it is being pumped by the heart.

    Targets for people with type 1 diabetes

    The targets for people with type 1 diabetes is to have a resting blood pressure level below 135/85 mmHg.

    If you have signs of kidney disease or metabolic syndrome your blood pressure level should be below 130/80 mmHg .

    Targets for people with type 2 diabetes

    The target blood pressure targets for type 2 diabetes:

    • Below 140/80 mmHg
    • Or below 130/80 mmHg if you have kidney disease, retinopathy or have cerebrovascular disease (including stroke)

    What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

    Most diabetics with high blood pressure have no symptoms.

    However, very high blood pressure or rapidly rising blood pressure can cause:

    • Headaches
    • Vision problems
    • Nose bleeds
    • Trouble breathing
    • Fits
    • Black-outs

    What are the symptoms of low blood pressure?

    Similar to high blood pressure, the symptoms of low pressure may not always be apparent. If you do get symptoms, they may be identified as any of the following:

    • Feeling dizzy, light headed or fainting
    • Blurred vision
    • A rapid or irregular heartbeat
    • Feeling nauseous
    • Confusion

    What do blood pressure numbers mean?

    Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury, as two figures, for example 124/80 mmHg.

    • The first number (124 in this case) is known as systolic pressure – pressure in the arteries when the heart contracts.
    • The second number (80 here) is diastolic pressure – the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests.

    Blood pressure is important to track because high blood pressure is associated with a greater risk of organ damage, such as kidney damage and retinal damage, in people with diabetes.

    High blood pressure tends to be quite closely associated with people with type 2 diabetes, but keeping blood pressure levels healthy applies to all people with diabetes and we should have our blood pressure measured at least once each year.

    Because of the extra threat of organ damage, people with diabetes are actually given more strict targets for blood pressure than other patients.

    Non-diabetic people have a target of keeping below 140 over 80 millimetres of mercury.

    For people with diabetes, the target is below 130 over 80.

    You might ask what these numbers mean. The first number is the pressure in the blood vessels at the point in which the heart pumps. The second number is the measurement of the pressure when the heart is resting between each beats.

    The thing about conventional blood pressure checks is that they give a reading only relevant to the time you re having the check.

    If you re not completely relaxed at the time of the check, you could get a reading that s higher than it should be.

    There s been news lately about the so-called white coat syndrome where the fact that you know a test is being done, leads to stress and higher blood pressure whilst the test is being done which can give a falsely high reading.

    Doctors are recognising this and often, if you score a high reading, you may be asked to have another test to make sure it wasn t falsely high.

    How can you lower your blood pressure:

    • Quit smoking
    • Cut down on alcohol
    • Get some physical activity, it s recommended we should aim to get 2 hours of activity into each week – or 1 hr 15 of intensive activity
    • Eat a healthy, balanced diet

    One thing that all nutritionists seem to agree on is that cutting down on white bread, white pasta, white rice and pastries is a good thing.

    If you still want bread, rice, etc; pick smaller portions of these and go for the whole grain versions with much more fibre in them. Definitely try to eat more non-starchy veg if you can.

    At what point does high blood pressure cause a problem for people with diabetes?

    If your resting blood pressure level is above the targets, this puts you at an increased risk of heart and vascular problems as well as other diabetes complications. such as kidney disease and sight damage (retinopathy ).

    High blood pressure is also associated with poor circulation which increases the risk of foot ulcers and can lead to foot amputation if regular foot care is not taken.

    How is high blood pressure diagnosed?

    Anxiety, stress or strenuous exercise can all cause temporary high blood pressure levels in both diabetics and non-diabetics. However, high blood pressure is diagnosed when you have several high readings.

    Some people will find their heart beat rises, and therefore their blood pressure goes up, as a direct result of being tested. If you know this is happening, speak to the doctor or nurse as this should be taken into account.

    It is possible to have blood pressure readings taken at home if this is known to be happening.

    How is high blood pressure caused?

    Too high blood pressure tends to result from a build up of cholesterol within the walls of blood vessels. This causes narrowing of the blood vessels, restricting blood flow and raising blood pressure.

    Narrowed arteries raises the risk of heart problems and stroke if too little blood gets to these vital organs or if a blood clot blocks the blood flow to them.

    Sometimes, other conditions can cause high blood pressure such as diabetic nephropathy. kidney or hormone problems.

    How common is high blood pressure amongst diabetics?

    Approximately 3 in 10 people with type 1 diabetes and around 8 in 10 people with type 2 diabetes develop high blood pressure at some stage of their life.

    The level of high blood pressure risk goes up for people of African-Caribbean or Indian origin.

    Furthermore, risk increases for those who are overweight. eat low fruit and vegetable levels, don t take much exercise or drink regularly.

    What tests are used to diagnose high blood pressure?

    Urine tests can check for protein or blood in urine, blood tests can check kidney function or cholesterol, and an ECG can trace heartbeat.

    I am diabetic, why should high blood pressure worry me?

    High blood pressure increases risks of developing cardiovascular disease and kidney damage. High blood pressure may damage arteries and strain the heart over the years.

    Other diabetes complications may be more common if you have high blood pressure, including diabetic retinopathy.

    How can I lower blood pressure whilst managing my diabetes?

    There are various ways to lower blood pressure, including modifying lifestyle and medication. Losing weight makes a big difference to blood pressure.

    Taking regular physical exercise also makes a big difference to blood pressure. Lowering salt intake also makes a major difference to blood pressure, as does eating a more healthy diet in general.

    Furthermore, cutting down alcohol and stopping smoking can also lower blood pressure amongst diabetics. Drug treatment is used in some instances, with several different drugs used to lower blood pressure.


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    Dramatic audio from Carrie Fisher’s flight as pilot radios in medical emergency for ‘unresponsive’ Star Wars actress

    This dramatic audio from Carrie Fisher’s United Airlines flight records the pilot radioing in a medical emergency after the ‘unresponsive’ Star Wars actress suffered a massive heart attack.

    Fisher was put in to intensive care on a ventilator after paramedics were able to find a pulse while trying to resuscitate her.

    She was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after the United Airlines flight she was on landed at LAX.

    In the audio recording the pilot can be heard telling air traffic control that passengers on board were assisting with treating Fisher.

    He said they are working on her right now and we are going to have her seated in about two minutes.

    Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia

    Passengers performed CPR on the 60-year-old star after she went into cardiac arrest on the flight, TMZ reported.

    The United Airlines plane landed shortly after noon local time at Los Angeles International Airport after an 11-hour flight.

    Fisher was then rushed to a nearby hospital by paramedics.

    The LAX Police Department has revealed officers responded to Terminal 7 around 12:15 p.m. – for a call of a female passenger in cardiac arrest.
    On arrival, they found paramedics performing CPR on the victim, according to Officer Alicia Hernandez.

    Actress Anna Akana was on board the flight when Fisher went into medical distress and she described the upsetting scene in a series of tweets.

    She said Fisher stopped breathing and was helped by a doctor and nurse who happened to be on board.

    A United Airlines spokesperson said: Medical personnel met United flight 935 from London to Los Angeles upon arrival today after the crew reported that a passenger was unresponsive.

    Our thoughts are with our customer at this time and any requests for additional information should be directed to local authorities.

    Akana, 27, wrote: Don’t know how else to process this but Carrie Fisher stopped breathing on the flight home. Hope she’s gonna be OK.

    So many thanks to the United flight crew who jumped into action, and the awesome doctor and nurse passengers who helped.

    Akana wrote that Fisher wasn’t breathing for 10 minutes or so and CPR was administered until the plane landed.

    A United Airlines spokesperson said: Medical personnel met United flight 935 from London to Los Angeles upon arrival today after the crew reported that a passenger was unresponsive.

    Fisher has been travelling the world to promote her new book, the Princess Diarist, and posted a number of photos during her visit to the UK.

    In her most recent tweet she posed for a photo outside Charles Dickens Lounge.

    While in London Fisher recorded an appearance on the Graham Norton Show on December 7 and met fans as she promoted her book on December 11.

    She became a global star after portraying Princess Leia in Star Wars and recently reprised the role in the series’ two most recent films.

    Devastated fans expressed their shock and sadness on social media, and offered prayers and thoughts for the actress.

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    Understanding Alcohol Use Disorder — the Basics

    People have been brewing and fermenting alcoholic drinks since the dawn of civilization. Consumed in moderate amounts, alcoholic beverages are relaxing and in some cases may even have beneficial effects on heart health. Consumed in excess, alcohol is poisonous and is considered a drug. It is estimated that between 18 million — or one in 12 adults — in the U.S. abuse alcohol or are chronic alcoholics. Nearly 100,000 Americans die each year as a result of alcohol abuse. and alcohol is a factor in more than half of the country’s homicides, suicides, and traffic accidents. Alcohol abuse also plays a role in many social and domestic problems, from job absenteeism and crimes against property to spousal and child abuse .

    The immediate physical effects of drinking alcohol range from mild mood changes to complete loss of coordination, vision. balance, and speech — any of which can be signals of acute alcohol intoxication, or drunkenness. These effects usually wear off in a matter of hours after a person stops drinking. Many law-enforcement agencies regard a .08 percentage of alcohol in the bloodstream as evidence of intoxication. Larger amounts of blood alcohol can impair brain function and eventually cause unconsciousness. An extreme overdose, alcohol poisoning, can be fatal.

    Alcohol use disorder is a potentially fatal disease, characterized by cravings, tolerance (needing more), physical dependence, and loss of control over consuming alcohol. Alcohol intoxication may or may not be obvious to observers. Even in highly functional alcoholics, chronic alcoholism can lead to physical problems. Most common is damage to your liver, which over time can lead to cirrhosis (scarred liver). Other risks include depression, stomach bleeds, pancreatitis. high blood pressure, heart failure, numbness and tingling in your feet and changes in your brain. Alcoholism can also increase your risk for infections including pneumonia. tuberculosis. and chronic gastritis .

    Alcoholism can also lead to impotence in men, damage to the fetus in pregnant women, and an elevated risk of cancer of the larynx, esophagus. liver. breast. stomach. pancreas. and upper gastrointestinal tract. Because heavy drinkers seldom have adequate diets, they may have nutritional deficiencies. Heavy drinkers typically have impaired liver function. and up to one in five develops cirrhosis .

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    The alcoholic’s continual craving for alcohol makes abstinence — an important goal of treatment — extremely difficult. The condition is also complicated by denial: Alcoholics might be reluctant to admit their excess drinking either because of denial or guilt. Another barrier to receiving care is that physicians screen only about 15% of their primary care patients for alcohol disorders.

    Historically, alcoholic behavior was blamed on a character flaw or weakness of will; experts now consider chronic alcoholism a disease that can afflict anyone.

    In young people binge drinking is more acceptable, and teenagers tend to drink with friends. Older people are more likely to drink alone, and take medications or have co-morbidities that make drinking more risky. Both situations can make it hard to identify a problem drinker.

    What Causes Alcoholism?

    The cause of alcoholism seems to be a blend of genetic, physical, psychological, environmental, and social factors that vary among individuals. A given person’s risk of becoming an alcoholic is three to four times greater if a parent is alcoholic. Some children of alcohol abusers, however, overcome the hereditary pattern by not drinking any alcohol at all.

    WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on March 15, 2017

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