FNP-BC, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Master of Science, Nursing
In April, 2014, Greenville Medical Clinic (GMC) opened its doors with a philosophy, a goal, and far more dedication than working capital! For Toni Silver, owner and Family Nurse Practitioner (advanced-practice registered nurse) GMC fulfilled a lifetime dream...
In this month of February, our focus is the heart, of course!
Heart disease describes a range of conditions that affect your heart. Diseases under the heart disease umbrella include blood vessel diseases, such as coronary artery disease; heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias); and heart defects you're born with (congenital heart defects), among others.
Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States. There are various contributing factors, many of which are within your control. It's important to understand your heart function to prevent or at least limit its effect on your life. Visit us here on Friday for a heart-to-heart talk on identifying and controlling your risk factors.
It's a jarring elbow in the side or a shooing to another room. It's laughingly described to family at a gathering. Yes, snoring has been the target of many jokes and many pokes. While some of those sounds may be comical, the dangers they could indicate are serious.
What Is Snoring?
As you fall asleep, the muscles in the mouth and throat relax, and the tongue slips further back, thus narrowing or sometimes blocking the airway. Breathing through the narrowed passage creates vibrations of the membranes, thus producing the snoring sounds. When the passage is fully blocked, what occurs is called sleep apnea, which is the cessation of breathing for a period of time, which can happen multiple times a night.
Causes Of Snoring
Age. The muscles relax more as we age, so more snoring.
Anatomy of the mouth, nose, throat.
Medical conditions. Colds, sinus infections, allergies which cause membranes to swell.
Sleep position. Sleeping on the back will cause more occlusion of the airway.
Overweight. Increased fatty tissue around the neck blocks the passage.
Diet. Eating heavy meals or ingesting alcohol will increase snoring.
Medications. Muscle relaxers or sleeping pills taken in the evening may need to more snoring.
In spite of the many jokes made about snoring, it really is nothing to laugh about. It may be annoying to the snorer and others in the home. It may be embarrassing. But before you ignore it and think of it as harmless, you should know how deadly serious it can be.
Check back here Friday to find out the causes of snoring and sleep apnea, and how to minimize its effects.
SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, is a type of depression that recurs every year at the same time, usually in winter, though in rare cases it can happen in spring or summer. It is estimated that half a million Americans suffer from SAD.
Anyone can get SAD, but it is more common in:
People who live far from the equator with short daylight hours.
People between 15 and 55 years old. The risk of getting SAD for the first time goes down with age.
People who have a close relative with SAD.
Scientists aren't sure of the cause, but it seems to be lack of light, which upsets the biological clock and also decreases the production of seratonin in the brain which effects mood.
It's winter. The days are shorter and colder. Outdoor activities and many social interactions slow down. How can you tell if your reaction is a natural slump or SAD, also known as seasonal affective disorder? Check back here Friday to learn about the symptoms and relevant treatment for this recurring condition.
The flu, also known as influenza, is a contagious virus that comes around annually during winter and early spring. Symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening, and the very young and very old are at the highest risk. On average, approximately 24,000 in the United States die from flu complications every year.
The best way to avoid the flu is to get the flu shot annually. As the flu virus changes year to year, new innoculations covering new strains of the virus are developed.
How It Spreads
When an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, the liquid droplets are likely to land on another person's mouth or nose, or be inhaled into their lungs. It can also spread by touching an object already touched by an infected person.
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly contagious viral infection that runs rampant in the winter and early spring. Right now is peak time for the flu. A simple injection may save you from being debilitated for one to two weeks.
Check back here on Friday for an in-depth article on risks, symptoms, and treatment.
Come by the Greenville Medical Clinic today and get the flu shot for only $15.00. Cash or debit cards accepted.
The United States Congress has named January the month to focus on cervical health. Over 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, with 4,000 of them dying as a result.
Nearly all cervical cancer is the result of the human papilloma virus (HPV) which is transferred during sex. It is so common that nearly all women will contract it during their lifetime. For most women, this clears up on its own. For some, however, there are cervical changes that could well lead to cancer over time.
Having HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) or another condition that makes it hard for your body to fight off health problems.
Using birth control pills for a long time (five or more years).
Having given birth to three or more children.
Having several sexual partners, or having sex with someone who has had several sexual partners.
Early on, cervical cancer has no discernible symptoms. As it advances, there could be discharge, bleeding, and skin warts.
January brings special focus to cervical cancer, a disease affecting more than 13,000 women each year, 4,000 of whom die as a result. The good news is that it is almost always preventable.
To ensure that our female patients get proper checkups and treatment, the Greenville Medical Clinic is offering a special for the month of January: The Pap smear, which is usually $49.00, will be $35.00. That's a $14 savings until January 31st. We will also be giving an educational handout to every female patient this month.
Check back here on Friday for a detailed article on signs, symptoms, and treatment of cervical cancer.
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50-C Parkins Mill Rd, Greenville, SC 29607
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The better we understand your symptoms and issues the better we can treat you and speed recovery.
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