High Blood Pressure: 7 Steps You Can Take That Could Save Your Life

According to the CDC, 45% of Americans have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. That’s over 108 million people! Hypertension simply means that your blood is pushing too hard against your artery walls which can cause damage after some time. Blood pressure is measured in two figures: Systolic (the top number) and Diastolic (the bottom number). A systolic reading over 130 mm Hg or a diastolic reading over 80 mm Hg indicates hypertension.

High Blood PressureGenetics plays a part in hypertension, but luckily there is still a lot you can do to reduce your risk and possibly save your life. Here are our top seven tips to prevent high blood pressure and be the healthiest you possible:

  • Eat a Healthy Diet

You should be eating a healthy diet anyway, but proper nutrition is even more important for those with high blood pressure. Decreasing your sodium (salt) and saturated fat intake while upping your protein, fiber, and potassium intake is a good rule of thumb. Also, be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables! If you’re having a hard time knowing what to eat with high blood pressure, try the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan for some guidance. (more…)

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Lingering Symptoms of COVID-19

There are many symptoms associated with COVID-19 infection. Not everyone will experience the same symptoms, and many people are completed asymptomatic. However, unfortunately, there are some symptoms of COVID-19 that can linger. While people who are over 60 or have underlying medical conditions are the most likely to experience lingering COVID-19 symptoms, many young people have experienced symptoms for weeks or even months after getting infected. 

What Are Possible Lingering Symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common long-term symptoms of COVID-19 include:

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Signs Your Teen Could Be Experimenting with Drugs and How To Know for Sure

It is completely normal to wake up one day to a seeming stranger in your home. As your teen goes through changes and starts learning the lessons of life, it is natural for them to change a bit in behavior, interests, and habits. On the other hand, these can also be symptoms of drug abuse. Here are some signs that you should look for and how we can help you help your teen.

Signs of drug abuse in teens

While some of these symptoms can be due to stress or just puberty, it is important to take them seriously when several are present at once. Talk to your teen and feel them out. They may agree to the drug screen to prove their innocence, taking away most of the hassle. 

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Surprising Benefits of Massage

If you thought that a massage was nothing more than a pampering treatment, you couldn’t be more wrong. Massage actually has a lot of health benefits. In fact, the impact of massage on your overall health is such that patients with certain medical problems or injuries shouldn’t be massaged. Here are some of the most surprising benefits of massage therapy.

Improved Posture

If you sit hunched over a desk all day, you probably have a significant amount of back pain. This can usually be remedied (or even prevented) with regular massage therapy. Massage relaxes the muscles that seize when sitting for long periods, which improves your posture and reduces back pain.

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How Your Doctor’s Visit Will Be Changed by COVID

If you have been putting off your trip to the doctor because everything has been limited to virtual appointments as much as possible, you’re not alone. A lot of people are not comfortable with telehealth options, and a basic phone call is often insufficient. If you’re done waiting to see a doctor in person, you can make an appointment with us today, but your visit will look much different than you’re probably used to.

Wearing masks

It is recommended that everyone wear masks where social distancing is not possible. Clearly, while a doctor is examining you, they will be a lot closer than six feet. That means that you and all of our medical staff will be wearing masks at all times. When that is not possible, we will take as much precaution as possible, including making sure that our masks remain in place. Remember that these measures are to protect us so that we can keep doing what we do.

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What Training Sets DOs Apart

When you are looking for a new family practice doctor or primary care doctor, you may be confused about the difference between an MD and a DO. MDs and DOs are similar in a lot of ways, and they treat the same illnesses and age groups. However, DOs go through some additional training and approach medicine in a slightly different way. Here’s what you need to know about the additional training that DOs have received.

Osteopathic Schools

DOs attend osteopathic schools, which train them in a variety of additional skills. These schools train DOs to treat the body as a whole and specifically train them to be primary care physicians. At these schools, they also receive additional training on the musculoskeletal system, which can help them treat the body as a whole rather than treating only symptoms. The training that is received in these schools gives DOs an advantage in diagnostics and treatment.

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