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World Heart Day-Sept. 29th

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
— Paulo Coelho

Hello Fort Bend and the greater Houston area! It is WORLD HEART DAY again. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since Hurricane Harvey. I send my regards to all that suffered from losses, to all the heroes that risk their lives to save others and to my OakBend colleagues who worked long hours to take care of folks that came to the hospital at that time. I remember so many folks coming in during Harvey and after for heart problems. We had a lot of heart attacks, congestive heart failure exacerbation and arrhythmias that month. The only thing that linked everyone’s heart problem to occur coincidentally around Harvey was stress. Anyone who has been to one of my speaking event knows how important stress plays in overall heart health. Stress leads to silent hypertension. And whether it is silent hypertension, or essential hypertension, we have found out in recent studies that high blood pressure leading to vessel damage and inflammation produces a cascade of events that lead to vessel narrowing or plaque buildup in our vessels. It isn’t just cholesterol anymore, but a combination of high blood pressure with high cholesterol from unhealthy eating, and little physical activity that lead to atherosclerosis.

It is hard to reverse something that has already happened like a heart attack; even the best medicine or procedure cannot reverse heart damage. But prevention can continue to keep things new and gives us that best chance to live a longer life or a better quality of life. So how is prevention possible? We often make prevention more difficult than it is. The first thing is knowledge of the risks or how to identify the risks, the warning signs or symptoms that can lead to an adverse event such as heart attack or stroke. And the second thing is to do something about it, to decrease the odds of it happening.

So if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, make sure you get these medical issues under control. And if you have symptoms, which can be as subtle as feeling tired or short of breath to having neck pain, jaw pain, back pain, arm pain or frankly chest pain, please go see your primary care provider or cardiologist and get tested so that more can be done to prevent a heart attack or stroke from happening. These symptoms, as subtle as they may be, could be your only warning signs.
Much, if not all prevention is done through diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and/or the proper medicine and not through procedures, as many people fear. So please get started early. I believe we need to make prevention a culture, and not a reaction.

Your local heart doc,
-Long B Cao MD, FACC

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The More You Know- A Health Event for Ages 62+ Wednesday October 17, 2018 8:00am-12:00noon

Join OakBend Medical Center and OakBend Medical Group for the second annual “The More You Know: A Health Event for Ages 62+” on October 17, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The event will take place at our Jackson Street Hospital Campus, located at:

1705 Jackson Street
Richmond, TX 77469

Hear from OakBend Medical Group doctors and health professionals, visit with vendors, including home health, assisted living, elder care law, nursing home care, hospice, senior driving tips and more! Flu shots and FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS will be provided at the event, including:

Echo & EKG screening
Carotid artery screening
Venous Doppler screening
Diabetic foot checks

Valet parking will be provided by Classic Chevy Sugar Land. Call 281-633-4954 to register.

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How Did We Do?

Take our confidential survey online and help us to improve the overall patient experience! Click the “How Did We Do” Button. OR scan the QR code with your smartphone to go to the Survey.

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Knock Out The Flu!- Flu Shots Now Available

We have flu shots available for ages 4 years old and older for $25 ONLY! If you are 65+ and needing the high risk dose please call our office for details

No appointment needed! Walk-ins are welcome. If you have any questions or would like more details, please call your physician office at 281.238.7870

**INSURANCE ACCEPTED**

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10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms. If you notice any of them, don’t ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Memory loss that disrupts daily life
One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s disease, especially in the early stage, is forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events, asking for the same information over and over, and increasingly needing to rely on memory aids (e.g., reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own.

What’s a typical age-related change?
Sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later.

2.Challenges in planning or solving problems
Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before.

What’s a typical age-related change?
Making occasional errors when balancing a checkbook.

3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
People with Alzheimer’s often find it hard to complete daily tasks. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favorite game.

What’s a typical age-related change?
Occasionally needing help to use the settings on a microwave or to record a television show.

4. Confusion with time or place
People with Alzheimer’s can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately. Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there.

What’s a typical age-related change?
Getting confused about the day of the week but figuring it out later.

5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
For some people, having vision problems is a sign of Alzheimer’s. They may have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast, which may cause problems with driving.

What’s a typical age-related change?
Vision changes related to cataracts.

6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble following or joining a conversation. They may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue or they may repeat themselves. They may struggle with vocabulary, have problems finding the right word or call things by the wrong name (e.g., calling a “watch” a “hand-clock”).

What’s a typical age-related change?
Sometimes having trouble finding the right word.

7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
A person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places. They may lose things and be unable to go back over their steps to find them again. Sometimes, they may accuse others of stealing. This may occur more frequently over time.

What’s a typical age-related change?
Misplacing things from time to time and retracing steps to find them.

8. Decreased or poor judgment
People with Alzheimer’s may experience changes in judgment or decision-making. For example, they may use poor judgment when dealing with money, giving large amounts to telemarketers. They may pay less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean.

What’s a typical age-related change?
Making a bad decision once in a while.

9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
A person with Alzheimer’s may start to remove themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports. They may have trouble keeping up with a favorite sports team or remembering how to complete a favorite hobby. They also may avoid being social because of the changes they have experienced.

What’s a typical age-related change?
Sometimes feeling weary of work, family and social obligations.

10. Changes in mood and personality
The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer’s can change. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone

What’s a typical age-related change?
Developing very specific ways of doing things and becoming irritable when a routine is disrupted.

 

 

Reference

https://alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/10_signs

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Diabetic Foot Care

If you are among one of the millions of people in the United States with diabetes, it is important to visit your podiatrist for regular foot examinations in order to maintain healthy feet and a strong body.

Did you know that Diabetics are more prone to various foot problems than those without diabetes due to the peripheral neuropathy? Patients with neuropathy developed nerve damage and this can lead to the loss of feeling in your feet, making it difficult to detect pain and temperatures changes, as compared to someone who does not have diabetes. As a result, a diabetic could sustain a serious cut or wound and without notice and this could lead to serious infections and even possibilities of amputations. Many diabetic foot problems can be prevented in some measure by improving blood sugar levels, strengthening your immune system, avoid smoking and examine your feet daily.

Daily Feet Exam is the most effective and least expensive measure to prevent any foot complications. For diabetic patient the daily recommendations are to wash your feet daily with warm water and mild soap. After washing, make sure you dry your feet thoroughly, especially in-between the toes. Also apply non-irritating moisturizer to prevent cracks to the skin. In addition, it is also important to keep your toenails trimmed neatly and never attempt to cut your own callous or corns as it can lead to infections if done improperly. Annual examinations by your podiatrist can detect any signs of changes to your feet with can be detrimental to your health.  Early detection and simple care are just a few things that can be done to control and prevent complications as they arise.

Your podiatrist plays a critical role in the prevention and management of complications of the foot in diabetics. Talk to your podiatrist today to see what you can do now to keep your feet safe, strong, and healthy.

Christine Nguyen, DPM

 

 

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