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5 Things You Should Know About Vasovagal Syncope

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Sep, Thu 28, 2017

Vasovagal syncope is a condition that causes people to faint as a result of overstimulation to the vagus nerves. The vagus nerves are two large nerves that control many of the body's processes that are involuntary (breathing, heartbeat, etc.). When these nerves are triggered, the blood vessels relax and dilate, which lowers your heart rate and your blood pressure. Blood pools in the lower half of the body, unable to properly reach the brain, thus causing one to faint. Vasovagal syncope is the most common cause of fainting. Here are 5 things you should know about it.

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Tags: vasovagal syncope, fainting

Prep for "Purple for Platelets Day"

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Sep, Tue 26, 2017

September is ITP Awareness Month, and September 29th is Sport Purple for Platelets Day. It is a day devoted to raising awareness and understanding of this disorder, and there are plenty of things that you can do to get involved and help to make a difference.

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September is National Yoga Awareness Month!

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Sep, Sat 23, 2017

September brings many things. The kids are back at school. Fall arrives, and the weather starts to turn cooler. September also means that it’s National Yoga Awareness Month! National Yoga Month got its start back in 2008, when the Department of Health and Human Services made it a national observance. The goal of this campaign is to educate the public about the many health benefits of yoga and to encourage everyone to live a healthy lifestyle. Whether you are a seasoned yogi, or you’re interested in getting started, there’s no better time than September!

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Tags: fitness, yoga

September is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Sep, Thu 21, 2017

September is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, also called World Alzheimer’s Month. It is an international movement to raise awareness about dementia and challenge the stigma that surrounds it. The theme of 2017’s World Alzheimer’s Month is, “Remember Me,” and the focus is around the importance of detecting and diagnosing the disease early. There are all kinds of events held all over the world that bring together people living with dementia, their caregivers, medical providers, researchers, and thought leaders, and these events are designed to provide education and raise money for the research needed to put an end to this disease. 

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Tags: alzheimers, Memory Loss, Alzheimer's Medical ID

4 Ways to Win With Celiac Disease

Posted by Brittany Raum on Sep, Wed 13, 2017

I’m finding ways to win with Celiac Disease. Don’t get me wrong; Celiac Disease is a lifelong, chronic illness. It is a serious condition. But it’s also my normal. So I’ve found a few ways to empower myself and win with Celiac Disease.

1. Surround yourself with people who support you-- This goes without saying, and it applies to every part of my life, not just my Celiac Disease diagnosis. Without people around me who recognize that being gluten free is the only means of treating my Celiac Disease, I don’t think I’d be nearly as successful with it or as healthy as I am today.

Celiac Disease dominates every bite of food I put into my mouth, many of the products I use, and the hows and wheres of my food prep. So it’s a topic that comes up quite a bit. Sure, there are still those people who don’t understand it or think it’s just a fad diet, but having the support of my family and friends is what really matters.

2. Read, read, read those labels-- Even items that claim to be gluten free sometimes aren’t free from cross contamination which is a huge factor for those of us with Celiac Disease or gluten allergy/intolerance. Sometimes recipes change or the place it’s manufactured is different, so even if it’s a food you’ve eaten daily for years, it’s still important to give the info a quick run-through. Those quick checks have saved me from a few accidental-glutenings.

3. Don’t be afraid to question your food-- Aside from reading labels, when it comes to eating out at restaurants, I’ve found there’s a wide variety of knowledge about what it truly means for a meal to be gluten free. (No, I cannot just pick the croutons off this salad, thanks.)

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Tags: celiac disease ids, celiac disease, celiac, Celiac-Sprue, Gluten Free, Celiac Disease Awareness Day

What Do I Engrave on a Heart Patient Medical ID

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Sep, Tue 05, 2017

Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, is the number one killer of men and women in America.  The term encompasses a vast array of different health problems that affect the heart. Because there are so many variables – conditions, medications, implantable devices – there is a lot of information that a paramedic needs to know before administering treatment. If you are unconscious, or have no one to advocate on your behalf, a medical ID can give first responders the information they need to provide you with appropriate care when time is precious.  But what information should be put on a medical ID?  Your name (first and last) is a good place to start. Here are a few things you should have engraved on your heart patient medical ID.

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Tags: heart disease, what to engrave on my medical ID tag, Heart Patient Medical ID, what to engrave on your medical id tag, Heart Health

Young Stroke

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Aug, Thu 31, 2017

A stroke is a type of “attack” that occurs in the brain.  It is caused when blood flow to any one area of the brain is blocked, or cut off.  As a result, brain cells suffocate, and the areas of the body that are controlled by that part of the brain are gravely affected.  Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.  Every year, approximately 800,000 people experience a stroke. Strokes are often associated with older adults, especially those who smoke or have high blood pressure. The truth is, a stroke can happen to anyone, including younger, healthy individuals.  It is important to recognize the signs of a stroke, and take action fast.

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Tags: signs and symptoms of a stroke, FAST, blood thinner medical ID, young stroke

Healthy Heart Checkups

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Aug, Tue 29, 2017

At your wellness visits, it is often your doctor who is the one asking all of the questions, and you are the one providing responses. However, it is not only acceptable, but expected that today's patients take a pro-active stance and ask some questions of your own. In particular, when it comes to your heart health being proactive can make a huge difference. By starting a discussion together, your doctor can educate you about your heart, heart disease, and how you can best keep your heart healthy.  Here are 5 questions to ask your doctor about heart health.

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Tags: healthy heart, Heart Health, checkup, physical, menopause

Creating Classroom and Nurse’s Office Kits for Kids With Type 1, Allergies & More

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Aug, Thu 24, 2017

It’s that time of year again. Children are decked out in brand-new clothes, their backpacks filled with fresh school supplies, heading back to school. Many children are excited, some are nervous, most are a bit of both. If you have a child with Type 1 diabetes, food allergies, or other chronic health conditions or medical concerns, you're likely excited and nervous as well. One way to help make things less stressful is to have emergency plans in place, and that includes having emergency kits for both your child’s teacher(s) and the nurse’s office, so they can best help your child in the event of an emergency.

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Tags: allergies, back to school medical alert jewelry, back to school, type 1 diabetes, IEP

Back to School: Starting a New School with Food Allergies

Posted by Lauren's Hope Team on Aug, Tue 22, 2017

For many students, starting a new school can be difficult. For children with food allergies, it is even more challenging. As a parent, it can be just as overwhelming and difficult. Every school is different, and the faculty and staff will have varying levels of experience in managing children with food allergies. Here are a few tips on how to help your child successfully transition into school.

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Tags: back to school medical alert jewelry, back to school, food allergies and schools, epi pens in school

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