Heart Disease: Change what you can?
Start modifying all of the risk factors that you can (weight, activity, smoking, blood pressure). Implement a diet, exercise, and weight-loss program and check with your doctor before starting an exercise program.
Medication: Be sure to fill the prescription on time (to avoid running out) and be diligent that the person in your care takes medicine exactly as directed. More than half of all prescriptions are taken incorrectly or not at all. Heart failure medication must be taken as prescribed and NOT just when someone has symptoms. DO NOT stop taking any prescribed medication without the approval of the doctor.
Cholesterol and Salt Consumption: Because cholesterol is a major factor in coronary artery disease, ti is important to get it checked for you and the person in your care. High numbers may be reduced through appropriate diet, regular exercise, and weight loss. If that doesn’t work, check with the doctor about cholesterol-lowering drugs.
The typical American diet is very high in sodium. Even if no salt is added during cooking, most people still consume too much sodium because most processed foods are high in sodium. When an individual consumes too much sodium, extra fluid builds up in the body, which causes the heart to work harder.
Always check with your doctor if you have concerns abut yourself or the person in your care.
(Taken from Caregiver Assistance News)
Medicare fraud and abuse
When it comes to fraud and abuse, the old adage is definitely true: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is much more difficult and costly to prosecute fraud and abuse than it is to prevent it.
The most frequent kind of fraud arises from a false statement or misrepresentation that is relevant to entitlement or payment under the Medicare program.
Fraud can be committed by any of the following people or groups:
- Physicians or other health care practitioners
- Suppliers of durable medical equipment
- An employee of a physician or supplier
- An employee of the companies that manage Medicare billing
- A billing service
- A beneficiary
- Any other person or business in a position to bill the Medicare program or to benefit from Medicare being billed.
If at any time you suspect a type of fraud, you should immediately contact your healthcare provider.
(Taken in part from the SMP volunteer training manual)
Are your ears ringing?
Tinnitus is commonly described as a ringing in the ears, but some people also hear it as a roaring, clicking, hissing or buzzing. It may be soft or loud, and it might affect both of your ears or only one. For some people, it’s a minor annoyance. For others, it can interfere with sleep and grow to be a source of mental and emotional anguish.
Scientists still aren’t entirely sure what happens in the auditory system to cause tinnitus. But somehow, the networks of nerve cells that process sounds have been thrown out of balance in a way that creates the illusion of sound where there is none.
Talk to your doctor if you’ve had ringing in your ears for more than 3 months. Your physician will ask about your symptoms and look into your ear to search for possible causes. You may be referred to an otolaryngologist (a doctor who specializes in conditions of the ear, nose and throat) for further evaluation.
(Taken from News in Health)