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How Can High Cholesterol Affect The Body?

Cholesterol isn’t necessarily harmful for us since our body requires it for making vitamin D, hormones and digestive fluids. However having too much LDL (low density lipoprotein or bad cholesterol) in the body can trigger problems of the heart and increase the risk for heart attack and stroke.

In this article we are going to discuss the kinds of health issues that might occur due to a high level of cholesterol in the body.

Risk Of Atherosclerosis

When there is an excess of LDL in our body it tends to build up in the arteries making them clogged and inflexible. The stiffness of the arteries is a condition called atherosclerosis. Blood doesn’t pass easily through the hardened arteries which is why our heart has to overwork for pushing the blood through the stiff arteries. Once your arteries start to clog up, there is increased chance of experienced various heart related problems.

Risk Of Angina And Peripheral Arterial Disease

When the plaque starts to deposit on the coronary arteries, it disrupts the flow of blood to the heart. This leads to intense chest pain called angina. Patients of angina are at a much greater risk for heart attack. When the plaque in the coronary artery clots up or breaks off it could block the flow of blood resulting in a heart attack. Plaque build-up can also block the blood flow to your limbs and stomach- a disease called PAD or peripheral arterial disease.

Risk Of Stroke

Decreases flow of oxygen rich blood to the brain due to a ruptured or clogged artery greatly increases the chances of a stroke. Plaque deposition in the blood vessels can eventually result in a stroke because of disrupted blood flow to the brain.

Problems In The Digestive System

Cholesterol is essential for the production of bile and this forms an essential part of our digestive system. However, an excess in the bile converts into crystals and eventually into stones in the gall bladder, creating other equally dangerous side effects.

Stomach Ache

Extremely high cholesterol level can result in fat deposits on the liver, spleen, ligaments and skin. When the spleen or liver enlarges because of fat deposits, it causes severe stomach ache by putting pressure on the other organs of the abdominal cavity.

The higher the cholesterol level in your body, the greater the chances of developing diseases of the heart and blood vessels. High cholesterol doesn’t come with any explicit symptoms which is why most of the patients get diagnosed when it’s too late. Make sure to get your levels checked on your next visit to the physician.

Health Literacy Is for the Healthy

“Health Literacy” is the ability to read, understand and act upon health information. And, more than half of the American population is not proficient on this topic. Unfortunately, the above definition is the point after which most head into the wrong direction. Unless a significant misnomer, by definition, the focus of health literacy should be two-fold, enhancement of functional literacy (period) and increased attention to the issues of health.

The general public reads very little non-commercial, health-related materials, the content being very challenging. Additionally, people consume too much sugar, consume alcohol and excesses of red meats, processed grains, artificial chemical additives, too few and unvaried fruits and vegetables, and eat too much. Many also smoke, use recreational drugs, misuse prescription drugs, exercise too little and engage in other social and recreational activities that are harmful to them physically and psychologically. Much of that which I just described and many more contributors to poor personal and public health are legally accessible and even marketed to you. The question is, who is responsible for your health knowledge and healthy behaviors (health care) versus your medical status (medical care)?

Your mechanic recommends selecting quality fuels, lubricants, and other fluids, and changing them regularly. You should manage your tires’ pressure and watch tread wear. You check your brakes’ function and monitor all for all other signs of possible malfunction. And, although there are plenty of after-market and alternative products and services by which to care for your vehicles, no clear-thinking person deviates demonstrably from use/maintenance recommendations if expecting vehicles to perform well and last. Such is because motor vehicles are sold with maintenance recommendations and schedules that you read, developing your “automotive care literacy”.

The western medical professional community markedly fails to train its cadre well in subjects of prevention, health maintenance, and safe. high performance, physical fitness for the masses. This also includes failure to train them to care substantially about the health literacy of their clientele. Nationally, we spend a lot of money on a Center for Disease Control, Planned Parenthood [primarily STD/STI and services for sex-related diseases], and local public health agencies (focus upon epidemiology, primary medical care, local epidemics management). And, we wrangle politically over the role of government versus the private sector for the provision of all services, particularly those that are values-based. However, public health literacy (education) is a non-revenue generating activity and receives minimal attention.

While in the public many clamor for inalienable rights to comprehensive medical care, the general public doesn’t march for the rights to universal health literacy. Nor does it ask the government to require the market to be more responsible for promoting products, services and social behaviors consistent with universal health. Yet, we must not allow the government, nor the socially and financially empowered to suggest that speaking against “unhealthy” environments, foods, untoward products and behaviors (and effects of) is inappropriate, and thereby “politically incorrect” behavior, unless you want current vocal ideologies to drive health care and not literacy.

Why Online Stores Are Helpful For Procurement Of Medical Equipment

Gone are the days when healthcare providers had to wait for days for their medical equipment to reach them. The scenario is completely changed these days as procurement of medical equipment has become extremely easy. This has happened due to the advancements in technology as buyers now have online stores to trust for their supplies. Earlier, doctors and hospitals relied too heavily on suppliers with virtually no control over any aspect of the purchasing process. The most healthcare providers could do was to place an order and then wait endlessly for the delivery to reach them.

However, online stores have completely changed the way medical equipment and instruments are procured. They have simplified the purchasing process for buyers together with bridging any gap in the flow of information. Similarly, manufacturers are also in a beneficial position as their coverage and penetration has grown manifold in the market. Which means, the concept of procurement through online stores is a win-win situation for both, buyers and sellers, and this is the major reason behind its ever-growing popularity. These stores list together medical equipment from some of foremost brands in the name and this has widened the choices and options for buyers

More importantly, the arrival of online stores means clinics and hospitals can expect a great deal of convenience and effectiveness with their purchasing of medical products. Buyers will get an opportunity to choose from the best brands in medical consumables and have the desired level of quality. Every kind of product, right from needles, syringes to heart instrument, can be selected and placed an order for. In fact, buyers will be in a position to compare, analyse, evaluate and then place the order based on the best bargains in terms of prices and quality.

In addition, the quality is always assured when medical products are bought through online stores as buyers know who they are going to buy from. Only authorized players and brands are able to list and sell their products and this minimizes any risks attached with getting substandard products from unknown manufacturers of medical products. The best part, you will get the products delivered at your doorstep without paying anything extra as shipping cost. At the same time, hospitals can procure directly from medical manufacturers thereby get discounts. Not to forget, there will be higher discounts for bulk shopping.

What’s more, online stores have made it possible to buy from anywhere and anytime; they have made the 24×7 buying a reality in true sense. Clinics in far off areas will benefit a lot as they don’t have to beg to suppliers for products as they can choose and buy anything they want. In overall, it’s quite obvious that procuring medical supplies is like a cakewalk today and this will benefit end users in many ways. With quality products just a few clicks away, hospitals can treat patients in the best way possible and add value to their profession. This is perhaps why technology is meant to be celebrated for transforming lives.

Long Strange Trip

It has been more of an amazing trip than a strange one. I could go all the way back to my childhood and relive all the old pains. Why would I do that? For today, I’m just going to go back three years to 2014.

It all started when I woke up one morning and my hands were in severe pain and looked like I had been hitting a wall all night. I lived with the pain and the swelling for nearly two weeks, until it got to the point that I couldn’t open a jug of milk without using channel lock pliers to help me.

The doctor ordered blood tests and my mind began racing. I convinced myself that I had cancer. Within 24 hours, I found out that it was “only” my heart – that I didn’t have cancer. I was so happy! No cancer! Just my heart.

That’s how scared I was of cancer. Having open heart surgery is pretty serious stuff but I didn’t care because I didn’t have cancer. Ten days after my surgery, I had a check-up and within two hours, I was readmitted back into the hospital.

I had internal bleeding. After the bleeding was controlled I had a colonoscopy and found out that I had two feet in my colon that were covered with polyps. They ranged in size from peas to golf ball. Instead of removing all the polyps, the surgeon removed the two feet of my colon and sewed me back up. And once again, I waited in fear, wondering if it was cancer. And once again, I got the good news that it wasn’t cancer.

As I healed from these surgeries, I began to feel good about the future. I had plans to move to England and I now knew I had a clean bill of health. My heart was strong and better than ever and most importantly I didn’t have cancer.

In 2016, I left America and made the journey across the pond. I found a job within a month and for the first year everything was going great. It was when 2017 started that things took a turn. I developed a sore throat and it never wanted to go away. I went to the GP and was given antibiotics to help with tonsillitis. After the ten day treatment, I felt a bit better but still had some pain swallowing. I was given a second round of antibiotics and told if it wasn’t better in a week to stop back in.

After a week, the GP sent me to an ENT, who did some tests and he believed it was cancer. It still didn’t mean much to me. I just didn’t feel like I had cancer. I had surgery to remove the tonsil and to get a biopsy. This time the results did say cancer. My worst fears had become a reality.

My wife and I went to The Christie Cancer Centre. The number one cancer centre in Europe was practically in our backyard. I would have radiation and Cetuximab. Cetuximab is given like other chemo drugs, but it isn’t a chemo drug in the sense of the word. It belongs to a group of cancer drugs known as monoclonal antibodies. These drugs are sometimes called targeted therapies… It may also make the cancer cells more sensitive to chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

I was feeling confident with it all. Having been a caretaker for my ex-wife(breast cancer) I knew how chemo made her quite ill and very weak, while radiation didn’t seem to bother her as much. After three weeks of radiation I was spent. I was defeated and very weak. I no longer could eat and just speaking became a major chore.

I wanted to quit. I wanted to walk away from it all and just live for however long I had. The specialists wouldn’t have that and admitted me to the hospital where I would finish my treatment. When it was done. I went home and suffered the after effects for over a month. My neck was burnt and skin just fell off the right side of my face. From my lips, to the cheekbone, to my neck, my skin was burnt and everything I did was a new experience in pain.

As that began to get better, my tongue started to swell and swallowing became a new experience in pain. Now four months since treatment ended, my tongue is still tender but now I no longer use pain pills like I once did. The swallowing is still a challenge and at times I can choke on food quite easily.

Six weeks after treatment ended I went back to work in a bakery dispatch. It was very physical labour, but I managed and never complained and worked my ten hour shifts just like everyone else. I only wanted one shift a week until I built my strength back up, but after two weeks I wanted something new. So I applied for a job at Piccadilly in Manchester and was hired at the carpark working security.

At the beginning of May I went to see the oncologist and received news that a recent scan and bloodwork showed no signs of cancer. He said he couldn’t say “cured” (that takes five years) but he is confident about a cancer free future for me.

The last week of October, I learned I had cancer. Seven months later I am cancer free. I am back to work, at a new job, averaging 36 hours a week. While the timeline says everything has happened quite quickly, the truth is it has been a long strange trip.