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The Risks and Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Aug 8, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Cardiac therapy is often recommended for people who have heart disease, and/or had some sort of cardiac event like a heart attack. Cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease, peripheral arterial disease, and heart failure patients can also often benefit from this therapy, to increase survival and improve quality of life.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiac rehab programs containthree essential parts: 

  • Exercise counseling and training 
  • Education for heart-healthy living 
  • Counseling to reduce stress 
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Topics: Cardiac Rehab

Fall Prevention in Bathrooms

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Feb 7, 2022 8:30:00 AM

A fall can be an unpleasant situation for anyone. For a senior citizen or someone with a physical injury or disability, however, this type of situation can be a disastrous one that leads to significant damage. The bathroom is a particularly dangerous area in which falls can happen, for two main reasons: surfaces in bathrooms, including floors, are usually hard and slick; and people generally use water in bathrooms, which can make these slick surfaces even more slippery. Luckily, there are a few fall prevention tips that can be followed to minimize the risk of falling while in the bathroom.

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Topics: Fall Prevention

Fall Prevention: Simple Home Safety Tips For Seniors

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Dec 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Falling is the number one cause of injuries – and injury death – among older Americans. It is somewhat shocking to discover that roughly one third of seniors in the United States experience a fall of some type every year that results in a trip to a hospital emergency room. In fact, fall related injuries have become so common for seniors that many physicians think of it as an epidemic, annually damaging the health of millions of otherwise healthy Americans.

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Topics: Fall Prevention

Preventing Falls: Creating a Safer Environment in Your Home

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Oct 4, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Your home is your safe haven, and you have lived there for years. It stands to reason that it would also be the safest place to be as you grow older. You know every inch of your familiar home, so there are no surprises, no unforeseen risks that could cause falls, right?

Not necessarily. In fact, because you are so familiar with your home and therefore think you don't have to take precautions, falling can actually become even more of a risk. It doesn't have to be, though.

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Topics: Fall Prevention

Bathrooms Top The List For Fall Hazards: How To Make Them Safer

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Feb 1, 2021 8:00:00 AM

The combination of water and hard surfaces makes the bathroom the most likely room in the house for slip and fall accidents. That combination can create serious fall hazards for seniors in particular, since bones lose strength and density with age, increasing the risk of serious injuries when accidents do occur. Plus, eyesight, balance and coordination issues that affect many of us with aging make such incidents more likely.

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Topics: Fall Prevention

How Technology is Changing Stroke Rehabilitation

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

A stroke is one of the most serious medical conditions that a person can experience. During a stroke, blood clots or constricted vessels in the brain prevent its nerve cells from getting the nutrients they need: as a result, these cells begin to die off. Having a stroke can cause symptoms like vision loss, difficulty talking or walking, trouble with the use of muscles, and other serious conditions. In the worst cases, it can even mean death.

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Topics: Stroke Rehabilitation

How Video Games are Being Used for Stroke Victims

Posted by Chris Schmidt | Oct 10, 2018 8:30:00 AM

A stroke is one of the most devastating things that can happen to someone: strokes can leave their victims mentally and physically weak, taking away some of the most basic functions that the human body provides. Fortunately for victims of strokes, technology is constantly making stroke rehabilitation easier and more effective. One of the newest trends in stroke rehabilitation is the use of video games to help stroke patients recover the full use of their limbs.

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Topics: Stroke Rehabilitation

Understanding the Mental and Emotional Effects of Stroke

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

For patients and their loved ones, the physical effects of stroke – paralysis, weakness, vision loss, and pain, among many other potential problems – are clear. However, the emotional and mental effects of stroke can be much more difficult to recognize, and they can be just as traumatic and limiting as physical problems – even more so in some cases. For that reason, understanding these changes and taking steps to address them is essential to making the most of stroke rehab and recovery.

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Topics: Stroke Rehabilitation

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