September 29th is World Heart Day, and to honor it, we wanted to highlight a story about a recent Australian study that found text messages helpful in improving the lives of patients with heart disease. Yes, you read that right: text messages.
About 350 patients received around four text messages per week that reminded them to do things such as exercise more, eat less salt or quit smoking. At the end of the study, researchers found these patients were more likely to remember to take medications, lose weight, quit smoking, increase physical activity and participate in other... Read More »
Ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas seem to run rampant in the summer, and chances are, you’ve experienced their bites. They’re not pleasant, and sometimes these creatures cause bacterial and viral diseases and are all found in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ticks, mosquitoes and fleas can cause some of the world’s most destructive diseases, but fortunately, these diseases can be prevented. Here are a few tips to remember this summer:
Be Aware: Some of the illnesses that are within the United States are... Read More »
Lyme disease is a tickborne illness that is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. It is contracted when the result of a black-legged tick (lxodestick tick) is infected with the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. The tick must remain attached to the person for at least 24 hours in order for the bacteria to be transmitted. Although Lyme disease is rare in our state, researchers say it is possible to get Lyme disease in Oklahoma.
Some symptoms of Lyme disease, according to the Oklahoma government’s fact sheet are as follows:
A large, circular rash... Read More »
Are you happy and it shows? New research says yes. More than 3,000 participants aged 60 and older were assessed for their self-reported level of happiness and ability to perform daily activities such as bathing or getting dressed, along with their walking speed. Researchers found those reporting a low sense of well-being were more than three times more likely to have problems performing daily tasks. Additionally, results of the study found an association with overall enjoyment of life and a decreased risk of disability or loss of mobility in the future.
However, authors of the study... Read More »
Top heart health experts from across the globe are meeting in Dallas this week at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions. They are discussing the latest in research and how to prevent heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. A study presented Tuesday finds that what we may have held to believe about sudden cardiac arrest is not true – about half of the time.
According to the study presented by lead author Eloi Marijon, M.D., half of the men in the study presented symptoms of cardiac arrest up to one month prior to suffering the event, which stopped their hearts... Read More »