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What is Cardiac Rehab? How It Can Help with Heart Disease

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Dec 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

If you have been diagnosed with heart disease, you doubtless have already been told that you will need to make some changes in your lifestyle to improve your health and well-being. Whether that diagnosis came by way of your routine annual health exam or by means of a cardiac event, cardiac rehabilitation may be your best bet for making those changes quickly and, most importantly, effectively. Here, we will explain what cardiac rehab is and how it can benefit individuals who have been diagnosed with heart disease.

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Topics: Cardiac Rehab

What is Congestive Heart Failure, Really?

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Oct 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition in which the heart becomes less efficient at pumping blood, resulting in slower movement of blood through the heart and body and increased pressure in the heart. A number of underlying conditions can cause CHF by damaging the heart muscle. Some conditions that lead to CHF can be reversed and others can be controlled, and treatment goals generally include addressing its underlying causes, slowing progression of CHF, and improving symptoms.

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Topics: Cardiac Rehab

4 Signs of COPD

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Feb 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a disease that develops very gradually over a number of years, so slowly that its symptoms often go unrecognized until significant lung damage has already been done. This is unfortunate, since treatment can slow the progression of COPD, delaying its most debilitating effects, and the earlier that treatment begins, the better the results in terms of maintaining adequate lung function and a patient's quality of life. So what are the signs of COPD?

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Topics: COPD, Pulmonary Rehab

Living With COPD: 7 Ways To Help Yourself Breathe Easier

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Jan 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Are the symptoms of COPD making simple daily activities a struggle for you? While there is no cure for the disease, and the best help for COPD will come from treatment and medications prescribed by your health care team – and, of course, avoiding tobacco smoke – there are a number of other things you can do to help manage your symptoms more effectively. 

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Topics: COPD, Pulmonary Rehab

Lung Disease and Seniors: 4 Tips for Coping with COPD

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Nov 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

COPD is the third-leading cause of death among Americans, making it hard to control. Unfortunately, it is also a disease that is widespread: nearly 13 million adults in the United States have COPD, and almost 24 million have some evidence of lung problems that could be related to COPD.

While COPD has no cure, there are things that can be done to help make living with the condition easier. Because many people don’t get their COPD diagnosis until later in life, senior citizens are a population that often experience issues relating to its symptoms. Here are four great tips for seniors looking to get better at coping with COPD:

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Topics: COPD, Pulmonary Rehab

Breathe in COPD Basics

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Oct 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and is characterized by progressive damage to the airways that carry air into the lungs, as well as to lung tissue. This damage gradually reduces pulmonary function, causing breathing difficulties. If you have been newly diagnosed with COPD, you are likely to have a lot of questions about this disease and how it will affect your life in the coming years.

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Topics: COPD, Pulmonary Rehab

Long Term Care: Selecting the Right Type of Facility

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Apr 26, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If you are looking into long term care options for yourself or a loved one, you have probably already discovered that there are various types of facilities that provide that care. So which type should you be looking at? Each type of facility provides a different level of care, so which is best suited to meet your needs depends upon exactly what those needs are. Here we'll go over the types of facilities available and what sort of care needs they serve.

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Topics: Long Term Care

Choosing an Alabama Long Term Care Facility: Narrowing Your Selection

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Apr 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

So you've followed the standard advice for choosing a long term care facility and have created a list of facilities in your area. Given the fact that Alabama is home to well over 200 such facilities, chances are good that your list is rather long. So what now? How do you go about choosing your best option from that list? Your first step is to narrow your selection, which can be done through a process of researching your listed options and asking questions – a process that we'll outline here.

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Topics: Long Term Care

What to Look for When Touring Alabama Long Term Care Facilities

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Mar 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Choosing the right Alabama long term care facility can be difficult, whether you're looking for a shorter term recovery stay or a more permanent arrangement. Chances are that the experience of choosing such a facility is a new one for you, which can cause a bit of anxiety along the way. Knowing the right things to look for and the right questions to ask as you tour long term care facilities in your area can help ease that anxiety, giving you the tools to make a well-informed and confident decision. Here we'll go over important factors to look into as you tour Alabama long term care facilities.

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Topics: Long Term Care

When to Choose Short Term Rehab Over Outpatient Therapy

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Feb 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Has your health care team suggested rehabilitative therapy to help you get back in shape after serious medical challenges or surgery? If so, you have probably already discovered that there are two basic options for getting the therapy you need; enrolling in an inpatient short term rehab program or making use of outpatient rehabilitative services. So which would be best for you? That depends on your individual circumstances, and here are some situations when it may be wise to choose short term rehab over outpatient therapy.

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Topics: Short Term Rehab