Echocardiogram, The Test That Could Save Your Life!

There are a vast amount of medical tests used to help prevent and diagnose illness or disease. Some of these tests may vary in importance or use between men and women. For instance, women can have a risk of developing certain types of disease or illness related to the female reproductive organs and are also at a higher risk for heart disease. Men may be at risk of illness or disease involving the male reproductive organs. The need for specific or more frequent testing may also vary between different individuals. Genetic risk factors, as well as social or lifestyle.

Some of the medical tests that can save an individual’s life are usually done with their regular check-ups. These tests can include; blood pressure, heart rate, heart rhythm, pulse oximetry, the individual’s weight, blood work and EKG’s (electrocardiogram), as well as pap smears and breast exams for women and  PSA (prostate specific antigen) levels for men.

However, the tests listed above are only a small portion of medical tests that may be able to save an individual’s life. They are also usually the first step in determining if further testing may be necessary. An individual, who has a family history of heart disease or abnormal findings in an EKG, would likely be required to have an echocardiogram or cardiac stress test. These tests can allow a better view of the heart and can help locate any current or arising conditions of concern. This is only one example of a wide range of testing, which could be required, depending on the need of the individual being tested. An echocardiogram is a test that checks the heart by using sound waves to produce a graphic outline of your heart’s movement. A stress echocardiogram incorporates an echocardiogram to determine how the heart muscle responds to the stress of exercise. The test begins by taking a resting echocardiogram. The second part of the test moves you from the exam table to the treadmill.

To get the most accurate picture of your heart’s performance, it is examined under stress – while walking on a treadmill, electrical leads continuously analyze your heart’s rate and rhythm and your blood pressure response is monitored. Testing the heart under these conditions yields results that are more accurately applicable to the life conditions that often cause heart attacks: physical and emotional stress.

The test is simple, non-intrusive and is highly recommended if you experience symptoms of heart disease including shortness of breath, chest pains, an irregular heartbeat, or have other risk factors like diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, smoking or family history of heart disease.

In Med-Ped Health Care we do the tests every Tuesday and Friday. So, if you have a family history of heart attacks or you feel chest pain or any of the risk factors to develop heart attacks, come to visit our office and ask our professional staff about the necessity for Echocardiogram or stress test.

What Causes Acne or Pimples?

There are four basic factors that can work together and result in acne:

  1. Hormones
  2. Increased oil (sebum) production
  3. Changes inside your pores (hair follicles)
  4. Bacteria

Pimples may begin with changes in your hormones, called androgens. These hormones cue the glands in your pores to produce sticky oil called sebum, which keeps your skin and hair from drying out. Under ordinary circumstances, sebum moves to the surface of the skin and carries out normal skin bacteria and old skin cells. When these glands are over stimulated by hormonal changes, they can produce high levels of sebum resulting in clogged pores. This is kind of like a traffic jam that happens when a four-lane highway has to go through a one-lane tunnel. When your pores get clogged, they become a breeding ground for bacteria, causing them to multiply rapidly. This overgrowth of bacteria can lead to inflammation, or zits.  All these factors, therefore, need to be addressed to get rid of pimples.

Who Gets Acne?

People of all races and ages get acne. It is most common in adolescents and young adults. For most people, acne tends to go away by the time they reach their thirties; however, some people in their forties and fifties continue to have this skin problem.

Ms. Rachael, one of Med-Ped Health Care patients shares her story with acne saying :

“Acne is a complicated problem, and one that is still not fully understood. I didn’t realize just how tough it is to have acne, until I suddenly started breaking out. And I just as suddenly came to appreciate how hard acne is to treat.”

“Looking back on my personal experience with acne, I can see some things I would have done differently, knowing what I know now. So, I hope by sharing these thoughts with you, you’ll get better results from your treatments.”

“You could spend months or years trying over the counter medications, and still not get results. Instead, give yourself three months with OTC products. At the end of those three months, if your skin isn’t reasonably clear, go see a physician. You’ll save time and money in the long run, and you’ll also save your skin from worsening acne and possible scarring. Treat acne aggressively as quickly as possible.”

So I went to Med-Ped Health Care after being tired of using a lot of medications and cleansers. The physician advised me to start treatment with Acu-clear (A mask for acne treatment). It helped me a lot because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory actions and in very short time my skin was cleared!

“I recommend this mask to acne patients”, Rachael added.

Ask our physicians if you can start treating your skin breakouts with the acne-mask. Also ask them for Prescriptions of Topical Medicines to treat acne like Antibiotics, Vitamin A derivatives (retinoids) and other acne treatment options.

Walk-in to Med-Ped Health Care to experience the acu-clear mask. A special discount by mentioning that you come after reading this article.

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Gluten-free facts, what you need to know?

Why are dieters turning to gluten-free foods to lose weight? 

What is Gluten?

What is celiac disease?

Gluten is shorthand for a family of storage proteins found in wheat, barley, and rye. The gluten proteins are found in the mature seed of these cereal grasses, which is what we refer to as the grain. Close relatives of wheat, such as spelt, triticale, kamut, farro, and einkorn, also contain gluten and must be avoided on a gluten-free diet.

Everywhere you turn it seems someone is talking about the evils of gluten. Is gluten-free the new low carb?

Certainly a gluten-free diet is vitally important for individuals with celiac disease — an inherited autoimmune condition that affects about 1 out of 100 Americans. For these folks, a gluten-free diet is far from a fad. The gluten in wheat, rye, and barley can severely damage the intestines if not strictly avoided.

Beyond those with celiac, there’s another 6 percent of the population who are estimated to have gluten sensitivity. For everyone else, gluten is just one of many food proteins encountered in the course of a mixed diet, neither detrimental nor essential to good health.

Yet, celiac and gluten sensitivity are not the driving force behind the soaring rise of gluten-free foods. Instead, these foods are increasingly being gobbled up by people who want to lose weight. In reality, there’s nothing inherent about a gluten-free diet that will enhance weight loss, unless it helps you “get rid of the junk” and eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that are naturally gluten-free.

Many commercially prepared gluten-free baked items often have twice the carbs and a lot of sugar and fat compared to their gluten-containing counterparts.

If you tolerate gluten and enjoy it, there’s no compelling reason to avoid it. If you don’t tolerate it or just prefer not to eat it, there’s no compelling reason for you to keep it in your diet (other than, perhaps, convenience). Many people find that cutting out gluten helps them avoid the temptation of the numerous empty-calorie, high-glycemic, processed snack foods that they want to eliminate. Others, however, find that cutting out gluten only to replace it with gluten-free versions of these same empty-calorie, high-glycemic, processed snack foods is of no benefit for weight loss, energy levels, or improved health. (Foods with a high-glycemic index release sugar quickly into the bloodstream, causing a quick spike in energy that’s followed by a dramatic dip in blood sugar levels. This dip leads to hunger relatively soon after eating.) A “gluten-free” claim is by no means an indication that a food is more natural, healthful, or lower in calories. 

Talk with our doctors at Med-Ped Health about our weight loss management programs.

You’re Never too Old to Get Immunized!

Vaccines for Adults:

Vaccines work with your immune system to help protect you from infections and disease.

Vaccination, also called immunization, works by giving you a weekend or dead form of certain germs. These germs are not strong enough to make you sick, yet you will still make antibodies to fight them. The antibodies will then stick around to be ready to fight off an actual infection if you are ever exposed to one.

Fight Excuses with Facts:

Excuse:”Vaccines are just for kids“

Fact: Both adults and children benefit from vaccines. And some vaccines are only for adults of certain age. Plus, some vaccines you may received as a child will need boosters during adulthood.

Excuse: ”Vaccines will make me sick”

Fact: Vaccines won’t make you sick because they are made from a weakened or dead form of the disease. You might have mild side effects like aches and fever, but these usually only last a day or two.

Excuse:”I’m healthy so I don’t need it”

Fact: Vaccines are not just for sick or elderly people. And they are a simple step you can take today to help keep you feeling well.

You never outgrow the need for vaccines. No matter what your age, there are recommended vaccines to help keep you healthy.

• Following your immunization schedule is one of the best ways to stay on track with the vaccines you need.

• If you were vaccinated as a child, some of the protection from the vaccines can decrease over time. Plus, there are vaccines now available that may not have been available when you were a child.

• It’s never too late to get vaccinated. Even if you are behind on your vaccines or were not vaccinated as a child, your healthcare provider can help get you back on track.

• Each year more than 50,000 people in the U.S. die from vaccine-preventable diseases. That is more than the number of people who die from HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, or traffic accidents combined.

• You cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine.

• The following diseases are especially serious in adults 65 years old or older: flu (influenza), diphtheria, herpes zoster (shingles), pneumococcus and tetanus.All of them can be prevented by vaccines.

• Everyone should keep a record of the vaccines they’ve received.

• It’s important to talk to your doctor about your immunization history. It’s also a good idea to check if you need additional vaccines whenever you plan to travel outside the U.S. Newborns are particularly vulnerable to many vaccine-preventable diseases but are too young to be vaccinated against most of them. Adults who will be around newborns should take special care to keep up with their vaccines so they do not pass a vaccine-preventable disease to the unprotected baby. Pertussis and the flu are two of the most common vaccine-preventable diseases that infected adults can pass to a baby.

Visit us at Med-Ped Health Care LLC, and ask our doctors which vaccine you need and you will receive right away because most of the vaccines are available in our offices.

One of our patients shared her experience saying;

I decided to get the pneumonia vaccine because I had just killed off a bout of some unknown lung infection and never want to go through that again (with the pleurisy for weeks, as well…very painful) and I’m 64. I’m thinking it’s one of the best things I can do for myself, together with the flu vaccine and the shingles-prevention vaccine I got as soon as I turned 60 (that’s the suggested age for the shingles vac.) My pneumonia vaccine was a little sore at the injection site, but went away within the day. I’m wondering if I’ll need a booster in five years since I wasn’t 65 at my 1st pneum. vaccine. Since I’m only 1 year away, what do you think? Get your vaccination… it may save your life, down the road.

Another patient said;

I got mine because I got the infection three years in a row, at the same time. It was not fun. The doctor finally gave the vaccine!

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Forget About 5 Hour Energy

B12, also called Cobalamin, is a water soluble vitamin naturally produced by a gut bacteria that feeds on the cobalt of the soil (hence the name ‘cobalamin’). This vitamin helps the body to properly form red blood cells, grow tissues, replicate DNA, lower Homocysteine levels and thereby reduces the risk of strokes or heart attacks, and to also form a fatty substance called Myelin that protects the nerve cells.

People, who have difficulties absorbing this vitamin, are expected to have B12 deficiency. These difficulties are usually caused by a protein in the stomach named “Intrinsic Factor”, which is a necessity for a proper absorption of B12. These people can’t absorb enough of this vitamin from oral sources (food or tablets), so absorption effectiveness is actually the biggest of all benefits of vitamin B12 injections over other possible supplements.

Vitamin B12 deficiency is common also in people who eat few or no animal products, such as vegetarians and vegans. Vegetarians do not eat any meat but they may eat sea food, eggs and dairy products.

Pregnant women are at risk of Vitamin B12 deficiency. More Vitamin B12 is recommended for pregnant women because it helps in the forming of red blood cells for the woman and her fetus.

Adults older than 50 are at a greater risk for vitamin B12 deficiency because their body may not produce enough stomach acid to help absorb B12 from the food they eat. Diet and exercise is what most doctors will tell you is the best way to stay healthy and lose weight. For some people they just aren’t enough. If you exercise daily and eat healthy but still aren’t losing weight like you want to, consider a B12 injection to boost your energy levels and burn more calories. In Med-Ped Health Care, we offer the following Vitamin B12 injections and with suitable prices.

1 – B12 + B6 Injection (B12 + B6 + MIC)

2 – B12 Lipo Injection (B12 + MIC)

3 – B12 Cobalamin Injection

4 – B12 Super Lipo Injection (MIC + L-carnitine)

What happens when my vitamin B12 level is low?

If you have a low vitamin B12 level, you may have no symptoms, or you may develop different types of symptoms. If you don’t seek help from your doctor, you may damage your nervous system permanently. You may also increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Symptoms of low vitamin B12 level can include:

• Confusion

• Pale skin

• Rapid heartbeat

• Muscle weakness

• Sever tiredness

• Loss of appetite

• Walking or balance problems

• Memory loss

• Depression

• Tingling of hands and feet.

Our urgent care Express Healthcare, LLC is open 7 days a week, you can walk in any day to get the B12 injection you need. Remember, we offer discount on all injections on Sundays.