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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org  and click on “Cancer Information”

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The end of another year is upon us. It seems that the years go by faster…the older I get. Do you feel the same? The feeling that 2014 whizzed by too fast, seems to be a common theme to many. 2014 was a great year! It did no disappoint with its surprises, sadness, serenity, and ultimate victory! (I’m still here and so are you! * smile *)

Happy-new-year-2015-pictures-picsEvery year…I take a moment to look back, and prayerfully make a list of things I would like to do, change or commit to for the New Year. I know that 2015 will provide a chance to try a few things again…what children often refer to as, “Do over…” another chance to try again, another chance to get “it” right, or just simply another chance…

What will you RESOLVE to do (or do-over) in 2015? Eat healthier? Exercise more? Decrease stress? Say “I love you” more? Be kinder? Have a more positive attitude?

What good is wealth, if one does not have good health? Start where it matters most!

new-years-resolutions-saidaonlineA few simple suggestions…

  • Take everything in moderation
  • Take small steps and try walking first before breaking into a sprint – No matter what the endeavor may be! (crawling may even be acceptable)
  • ABSOLUTION is not a good thing and serves only as a set-up for quick failure to your resolution (do not use the words “Never, All, Everything…” ) when alluding to change or new prospect.

Thank you for making 2014 a successful year for my Blog! I thoroughly enjoyed communicating with all of you and answering all your inquiries! I look forward to sharing and serving you in 2015. Be well!

I wish you Love, Peace, and Joy for 2015!

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org  and click on “Cancer Information”

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“Tis the season to be jolly, happy, and grateful!”

Christmas treeEveryone has a different way of “feeling” Christmas. It is Christmas for me when I hear certain Christmas carols. What are your favorite Christmas songs or activities that make the season special for you?

I adore the vocal talent of Pentatonix (can you believe no instruments are used? = Acappella).  I also had the pleasure of seeing the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) in action this month. Absolutely AWESOME!

Love, joy and peace are good medicine for your health, in any dose – large or small. Avoid being stressed (and spastic folks) and consider alternative gifts…a hug, a kind smile, a simple joyful greeting of the day. Not every good and appreciated gift must have a $$ attached.

I know that some are facing difficult times this season and may not feel like celebrating. BUT, as a wise lady once told me (Hi Grandma) as long as you are on this side of the earth, anything is possible! Miracles still do happen!

So, in spite of challenges you may be having this Christmas, (health, financial, etc.,), Talk a long, deep, slow breath and remember, you are never alone…

(Sing/hum along) “…Jesus is the reason, for the season…oooh yeah…”

Grace, peace, great health and happiness to you!

Merry Christmas!

The Pentatonix

More…

TSO

Other…

 

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org  and click on “Cancer Information”

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At the end of this blog today, you will now know how to respond to 3 very common emergencies:

  1. Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction – MI) – [http://www.legacyeducators.org/2012-11-23-23-49-54.html ]
  2. Stroke [http://www.legacyeducators.org/2012-11-23-23-49-54.html ]
  3. Choking (read below…)

Knowing how to respond to these emergencies BEFORE an incident occurs is BEST! In the moment, you will NOT have time to look it up on the internet. Take a few minutes to review all 3 emergencies! (at least watch the videos ;))

  • choking-first-aidDuring the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year season, most folks new hobby becomes eating! Good home cooked meals, prepared with love…cannot be beat! Well, until the New Year’s resolution kicks in, eating is a favorite past time!
  • Since eating occurs in social gathering, the “manners” of not eating while your mouth is full, tend to be disregarded. Choking can occur at anytime to anyone. Be on the lookout and be ready to help someone…or yourself!

Do you know the recommendation on how many time to chew before swallowing?

Though the number is often stated to be 32 times – only swallow food you have chewed enough so it becomes a paste. If you can still feel pieces of food, chew it a little more!

How to save yourself if you are choking

 

How to save others who are choking

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org  and click on “Cancer Information”

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STROKE

It is a busy time of the year and, undoubtedly, many of you will be traveling or around a lot of family members. Keep an eye out for signs and symptoms of Stroke. Stroke does not only affect the elderly population. In reality, stroke can happen to anyone, at any age, and at any time. Watch the 2 videos below for a quick review.

Do you  know the warning signs and symptoms of Stroke?  If you are experiencing the following (or see someone experiencing/having these symptoms) call 9-1-1 immediately! To identify the signs and symptoms – Think F.A.S.T!!  

– Face Drooping Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

– Arm Weakness Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

– Speech Difficulty Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “the sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?

– Time to call 9-1-1 If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

stroke

Beyond F.A.S.T. – Other Symptoms You Should Know

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the leg
  • Sudden confusion or trouble understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes 
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Immediately call 9-1-1 or the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) number so an ambulance can be sent.  Also, check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared. A clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) may improve the chances of getting better but only if you get them help right away.

A TIA or transient ischemic attack is a “warning stroke” or “mini-stroke” that produces stroke-like symptoms. TIA symptoms usually only last a few minutes but, if left untreated, people who have TIAs have a high risk of stroke. Recognizing and treating TIAs can reduce the risk of a major stroke.

The above information brought to you from the American Heart Association.

Read more at the National Stroke Association website

What is a Stroke? Watch below…

What can you do? 80% of stroke is preventable…

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From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!

Don’t forget to visit … www.LegacyEducators.org  and click on “Cancer Information”

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 HEART ATTACK (Myocardial Infarction [MI])

During the end of year holiday season, visits to the Emergency Department (ED) increases dramatically! Why? Overeating is quite common, as many tend to share in the festivities with the breaking of bread (pies, cakes, high calorie drinks, 3-4 servings/helpings at every meal [because home cooked meal is delicious!], etc.,). Overeating, can lead to indigestion, chest discomfort and/or pain. Is it a heart attack?

heart attackA heart attack can occur at any time, any season, any place. It may be experienced by you, a love one, a colleague while at work, or even a stranger while traveling. Knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and what to do is essential information that everyone should know.

Hollywood does a great job of simulating the worse case scenarios, but it is important that you know that a heart attack does not always manifest itself by someone clutching at their chest and gasping for air. The symptoms of a heart attack can vary from person to person and may be mild in some cases, such that some people are surprise to learn that they had a heart attack. Also, if you suffered a heart attack before, your symptoms may be different if you experience another one.

MYTH: Heart attack only occur in old people, like my grandparents.

FACT: Heart attack age range can occur in the 30’s (special cases, even younger), and is based on lifestyle induced risk factors. With an increase in obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol (common risk factors), heart attack in the 40’s – 50’s is, unfortunately, not a rare occurrence as in decades past!

90% of heart attack patients displays a combination of the following common signs and symptoms:

  • heart attackbExperience of Chest discomfort or pain to left side (over the heart), or center of the chest. The discomfort usually lasts for more than a few minutes or comes and goes. It has been described as a pressure, fullness, squeezing, or pain that can be mild or severe. The feeling can be compared to indigestion or heartburn.
  • Shortness of breath may sometimes be the only symptom, or it may accompany the chest pain or discomfort. It usually occurs while doing little activity or even at rest.
  • Pain in the left arm or both arms, shoulders, jaw, neck, back or center of the chest/mid abdomen may also occur. Some patients report breaking out in cold sweats, nausea and vomiting, sudden dizziness or lightheadedness, or feeling unusually tired.
  • The more signs and symptoms you have, the more likely that you may be experiencing a heart attack.
  • Heart attack can start slowly (hours, days, or weeks) and cause only discomfort or it can be sudden and more intense. Even more complicating, is that the symptoms can come and go over a few hours.

The symptoms described above may not occur or be very mild if diabetic or a woman! 

SO WHAT TO DO?

  • SAVE A LIFE … call 9-1-1! Not the time to be embarrass. Let the professionals at Emergency Department determine it is indeed a heart attack or just bad indigestion.
  • DO NOT DRIVE! An ambulance is the safest way to get to the hospital. Not only is it safe, they may be able to give lifesaving care, if needed and they are usually received faster at the hospital too.
  • If not allergic to Aspirin, it may be advised to crush or chew an aspirin, as this has been shown to be lifesaving!
  • Do not delay calling 9-1-1 to call family member, take an aspirin or anything else you may deem important. When life is in the balance – every minute counts

heart-attack-3-300pxRegardless of whether you are alone or in the presence of others – the very first thing to do is to call for emergency medical help. You need specialised treatment to be delivered to you as quickly as possible in order to save your heart muscles. If you are alone when a heart attack occurs, stop whatever you’re doing, proceed to a safe place to rest and call for medical help. For example, if you’re driving, first pull to the side of the road and call for help! For more information visit the American Heart Association website.

 

ARE YOU AT RISK? Complete the heart attack risk assessment HERE!

BASICS OF HEART ATTACK

RAW WWE – Jerry Lawler

UNTOLD STORIES OF THE ER

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Remember …

Ipsa Scientia Potestas est    ———  Knowledge itself is power!

Don’t forget to visit my website … www.LegacyEducators.org 

Your Family Friendly Doc … Dr McGann!  

See you next week…

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