29 October 2014
After years of battling lupus, a diagnosis of macular degeneration can be particularly devastating. So what exactly is macular degeneration? Is it related to lupus? What is macular degeneration? Macular degeneration is a common, yet serious eye disorder. In your eye, there are the visible parts—the iris, the pupil, and the lens. Behind the scenes, you have your retina. The center of your retina is called the macula. The macula helps you discern details—without it, your vision would be obscured and blurry.
22 October 2014
It's no secret: smoking causes long-term health damage, including an elevated riskfor lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and COPD. It can also have a profound effect on your mouth. Smokers have an increased risk of gum disease, which can cause you to lose your teeth. While dental implantscan restore your smile, the procedure may fail in up to 15% of smokers, versus just over 1% of non-smokers. If you're planning to quit smoking before your dental implant surgery, here are some tips that can help.
21 October 2014
If you have high blood pressure, a cardiac arrhythmia or experience chest pain, your doctor may have prescribed beta blocker medications such as propranolol, metoprolol or nadolol. While these drugs help manage hypertension, alleviate episodes of angina and regulate your heart beat, they can lead to unpleasant side effects that have the potential of harming your health. Here are three significant side effects that may occur if you take beta blockers.
21 October 2014
After surgery, your orthopedic surgeon might ask you to get more vitamin D. Vitamin D's job is to help bones pull in more calcium, which can help with healing and overall bone structure after orthopedic procedures through a clinic like Surgery Center of Kenai. But vitamin D goes a step further and also helps improve inflammation in your body, which is important for recovery and overall health. You can certainly take a vitamin D supplement, although if you consume lots of vitamin D-rich foods, you might not have to.
20 October 2014
Taking care of your eyes may not always be your top priority. In fact, you probably take your eyes and vision for granted more often than not. However, because proper vision is so important to your daily life, now is the time to start getting proactive about your eye health. Cataracts are a common affliction among people as they age and the only cure is cataract surgery. Any optometrist will tell you that the onset of cataracts can be prevented (or at least delayed) as long as the patient knows exactly what to do to protect their eyes.