Thursday, March 27, 2014

Home Health Testing

Getting access to your doctor or health service may be a greater challenge than your health problems these days.  More patients are turning to home health care, treatment and diagnosis.  Preliminary self diagnosis aids are as close as the Internet and the corner drugstore.  DIY medical test kits are accurate and may aid your doctor in the final diagnosis.  Studies show that home testing may save your health, time, and money by making a correct diagnosis and starting treatment sooner.  Home health tests help many find answers to your healthcare concerns quickly and conveniently in the privacy of your home.

Home health testing is a mega billion dollar business which is an indication of their popularity and use. Many reliable test products crowd retail and drug store shelves across the world.  These tests enable you to screen, monitor, and/or diagnose yourself. 

As good as it may sound, DIY home testing is not a replacement for professional health care especially if the symptoms worsen or persist.  Once you have positive tests consult with your doctor or other health provider.  Get the tests repeated along with the others your doctor gets.  If a health care provider ignores your request, get another, or check at independent facilities that do testing for you.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Prevention Requires Less Intervention

Prevention and early detection are important for your health and wellness.  Routine check ups are shown to improve overall health while requiring less medical intervention and treatments.  Done on a "routine" basis means just that - in a consistent manner based on your health profile.  As one gets older, or if one has chronic disease they may become  more frequent than every few years.  As you prepare to see your doctor you will find that Patient Handbook to Medical Care: Your Personal Health Guide is the ideal reference book to inform you about what checkups and tests you may need for prevention intervention.

This Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Award winner informs patients about basic medical care. By reading this how-to reference book you will learn:
  • how to keep a medical diary
  • how to get your medical records
  • how to document your complete medical history
  • what the physical exam should include
  • about preventive tests and when to get them
  • about tests your doctor orders
  • about specialists and other medical providers
  • about health care plans and coverage
  • how to seek quality health services

Patient Handbook to Medical Care: Your Personal Health Guide is on Kindle, and can be borrowed via the Kindle Owner's Lending Library.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

High Blood Pressure (HBP)

High blood pressure, also called hypertension affects 1 in 3 adults. Do you know your numbers? Do you what a normal reading is? Optimal is 120/80.  More precise classification is as follows:

  Normal 120-129/80-84

  High normal 130-139/85-89

  Mild 140-159/90-99

  Moderate 160-179/100-109

  Severe over 180/110

For more accurate measures of your blood pressure and what affects it consider home blood pressure monitoring. Buy a blood pressure monitor for home use. Wrist and arm monitors are available at retail stores, drugstores, and local medical supply stores.

Record your blood pressure readings daily starting with morning, midday, and night. Make a note of your activity and how you are feeling. You may notice that extreme anxiety makes it go up. The correlation to your pressure will help you manage the things that make it go up. Share your results with your doctor so medication and lifestyle changes can be made if necessary.

You may find that while your blood pressure is high in the doctor's office, it may be normal in everyday activity. Remember, the doctor's result is a one time reading every one to four or more months. With normal home results, and high results at your doctor visits you may have "white coat" hypertension . There is much controversy over whether this should be treated. Check with your cardiologist.

If your blood pressure is borderline at 130/85, you want o start a low salt diet. The best is the DASH diet ( Exercise, weight control, and stress reduction are other things to include in your treatment plan. For higher blood pressure readings over 140/90, medication may be necessary. Take your home blood pressure results in to your doctor. This will help in deciding on the best treatment for you.

by J.L. Richardson, MD, author of the Patient Handbook to Medical Care: Your Personal Health Guide.