Pulmonary Disease

Millions of people every year are diagnosed with COPD and are learning what it is and how to cope with it on a daily basis. COPD effects the lungs. People that have had chronic bronchitis, emphysema and smokers are the ones that will eventually end up with this condition. Consider an ACLS refresher course if you are a medical professional that has a license. The course covers adult emergencies and life threatening heart arrhythmia. People with COPD may develop some of the conditions that are covered in the ACLS refresher course.

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. This disease effects the alveolar in the lungs making it hard for gases to exchange, that leads to high levels of carbon dioxide. When this happens a person will be hypoxia, lethargic, confused, and eventually comatose. The ACLS refresher course will increase a health care professional’s knowledge in how to deal with patients that are having respiratory issues. In order to live with this condition it is imperative that a person is educated on the effects of extreme heat or cold weather will irritate the lungs and cause them to have trouble breathing.

Keep your follow up appointments with your physician to monitor your progress and to keep the person healthier by prescribing medications such as oral medication, nebulizers, and inhalers. Learn to know what may trigger your condition. For example, certain chemicals may cause a respiratory episode requiring and intervention. An ACLS refresher class provides the health care professional with vital information on how to intervene in emergent situations.

Activity should be done only if the person feels good enough to do it. Listen to your body, it will tell you when things should be done at a later time. All health care providers should consider taking an ACLS refresher course to increase their knowledge about cardiac arrhythmia’s and how to treat the problem. People that suffer from COPD can quickly become a patient that needs an intervention of an algorithm that is mentioned in the class. Without proper oxygenation, the heart will definitely be effected and knowing how to correct the problem before it gets out of hand is priceless.

How To Treat High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

There are many people today that are unaware that they may have high blood pressure. It is also known as the silent killer, meaning that you may not have any symptoms at all that you are effected. They are many factors that need to be considered and exam closely. Some things are changeable and others we have to live with.

To better treat high blood pressure, it is important to understand what it is and how you can control it. According to the American Heart Association, untreated high blood pressure damages and scars your arteries. Any time damage is done to any part of our body, our body tries to repair itself, which can lead to the scarring of the vessels in our body. This can also lead to hardening of the arteries also known as arteriosclerosis. The vessels in the body need to be pliable and resilient. Blood needs to be able to flow easily through our vessels, otherwise it damages other organs and systems in our bodies.

Blood pressure measures the force pushing outwards on your arterial walls, according to the American Heart Association. High Blood Pressure is a reading greater than 140/90. Some people with other health problems will need their blood pressure to be lower than that. Other factors that need to be considered are family history. Blood pressure is known to be passed along to family members, genetically.

The American Heart Association recommends eating a heart healthy diet. Avoid foods high in fat and high in salt content. Be sure to read food labels especially on the can food. They have a high sodium content. Avoid adding extra salt to your food. Taste it first before adding the salt. Exercise is another great way to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol which will keep our vessels healthy. Exercise can reduce stress, walking 30 minutes 3 times a week.

It is a good idea to keep a record of your blood pressure readings, and take your blood pressure during times that your are relaxed. The American Heart Association recommends that you avoid smoking tobacco. Nicotine damages the lining of our vessels and lungs. After changing your life style and getting rid of the unhealthy habits monitor your blood pressure closely, follow up with your primary physician. If you and your physician do not notice that your blood pressure is in the normal range, medications can help control your blood pressure. Remember high blood pressure may not have any symptoms until it is too late. Listen to your body.