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By Premier Medicine and Wellness
July 01, 2020
Category: Medical
Blood PressureYour blood pressure--a measure of how hard your heart works to move blood around your body--naturally increases as we age, right? Wrong! Elevated blood pressure, or hypertension, indicates something is wrong in your body function and lifestyle. If your doctor says your blood pressure runs too high, then follow his or her advice regarding medication, and employ some natural ways to achieve lower blood pressure.

Normal Adult Blood Pressure
It should be no higher than 120/80, says the American Heart Association. The top number in this ratio (the systolic pressure) measures how hard your arteries work to pump oxygenated blood around your body. The bottom number in the ratio (the diastolic pressure) indicates how well blood vessels, and your heart, rest between heartbeats.

While times of panic and stress can increase these numbers temporarily, returning to normalcy typically lowers your blood pressure to normal range. Sustained readings above the norm indicate you have elevated blood pressure or are hypertensive.

When Your Numbers Run High...
At your annual physical, your General Medicine practitioner will take your blood pressure and your other vital signs. Over time, if your blood pressure tracks high, he or she may ask you to take medication and to make some changes which could lower your blood pressure naturally. Lowering your blood pressure helps avoid serious health complications such as heart attack, stroke, sexual dysfunction, and vision and kidney problems.

Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally
1. Keep a healthy weight.
2. Exercise daily. Simple walking is fine.
3. Eliminate all tobacco products.
4. Eat a heart-healthy diet, low in sodium and caffeine.
5. Limit how much alcohol you drink: one drink a day if you are a woman and two a day if you are a man, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
6. Reduce stress with exercising, deep breathing, doing yoga, getting adequate sleep, or spending time with people you love.

Lower Blood Pressure Equals a Healthier Life
Achieving and maintaining a lower blood pressure not only prolongs your life, but it also improves the quality of your life and your overall sense of well-being. Be sure to get your numbers checked, and do what you can to keep them at healthy levels.
By Premier Medicine and Wellness
June 16, 2020
Category: Wellness
Tags: Smoking  
Ditch SmokingSmoking is an addictive and dangerous habit. It can seriously damage your body while also shortening your life expectancy. Your general medicine professional recommends quitting smoking earlier than later. Here are all the reasons why you should quit smoking today. 
The Benefits of Quitting Smoking
The biggest risk that comes with smoking is damage to your lungs and body. When you quit, you decrease your chances of developing lung and throat cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, ulcers, kidney disease, and emphysema. Quitting gives you a shot at a healthier and happier life. 
Smokers have an increased risk of complications due to anesthesia and other respiratory issues during surgeries. There is a big chance that an infection will occur that will require readmission to the hospital. 
Your personal life will blossom completely. Besides feeling much better, you’ll look healthier too. Smoking leads to stained teeth along with wrinkled and dull skin. Quitters also report increased energy levels and less respiratory issues like coughing. Even your sense of taste will improve! 
If you are a smoker and have children, they have inevitably been exposed to secondhand smoke. Smoke can stick to your clothes and skin, coming in close contact with your kids. Quitting halts this exposure, reducing the development of respiratory and ear infections. 
Smoking isn’t a cheap habit. A 1-pack-per-day habit rounds up to spending over two thousand dollars a year. That’s a lot of money! Quitting is a great way to fatten up your wallet for extra spending money. 
How to Quit Smoking
Quitting smoking is much easier said than done. It is an addiction, just like any other substance. Your general medicine professional states that what works for one person won’t work for another. It all comes down to your level of addiction and smoking patterns. The best way to quit is by combining multiple methods. 
The first thing you need to do is schedule an appointment with your general medical doctor. They can determine how dependent you are on nicotine. This gives them insight into developing a plan that works for you. 
Most smoking cessation plans focus on using medicine and behavioral therapy. Common pharmaceuticals used are varenicline and bupropion. There are also nicotine replacement therapies, known as nicotine gum or patches. 
The PQRS Strategy
  • Prepare: Give yourself some time to accept and prepare for quitting. For optimal results, prepare for 14-30 days. 
  • Quit: Start using anti-craving medication and nicotine replacement therapy. These will curb the urge to smoke. 
  • Relapse Prevention: Identify the triggers that make you want to smoke. Teach yourself new coping skills for these situations. 
  • Stress Management: Find other ways to deal with stress that isn’t tobacco. 
By Premier Medicine and Wellness
June 01, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Annual Checkup  
Many adults only go to their general medicine physician (GP) when they’re sick. In reality, patients should schedule a checkup with their doctor every year. This provides your doctor with a chance to better understand your health while giving important preventive care. You can update them on any important changes in your health too. 
What to Expect at Your Physical
Your medical history tailors how your appointment will go. If you are at risk for certain conditions, specific measures are put in place. This is also true if you engage in risky behaviors like smoking. All patients can expect their vital signs, vaccines, screenings, and body to be checked.  
Vital signs include your temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration rate. These provide the first line of insight into how your body is doing. For example, if your heart rate and blood pressure are too high or low, your general medical practitioner will want to know. These indicate serious conditions that need medical intervention. 
Vaccines are recommended depending on your age. If you’ve never had certain shots, your doctor may encourage you to get them. Other shots may require repeats after longer periods. The tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster is recommended every ten years. A flu shot is an important vaccine to get every year. These include the newest strains of influenza and can keep you safe during the peaks of the flu season. 
Depending on your age and gender, certain screenings are highly recommended. After the age of 40, patients should have their cholesterol tested every five years. This may need to be more frequent if there is a family history of cholesterol problems. Medical professionals recommend a colonoscopy every ten years to check for colorectal cancer. If you are over the age of 55 and are a smoker or quit within the last 15 years, you need regular lung cancer screenings. 
The physical exam is typically quick and painless. Your general medical doctor will examine your ears, eyes, nose, and throat. They may even listen to your heart and lungs with a stethoscope. This is an easy way to check for any issues. They might also check your abdomen by lightly touching it. 
Schedule Your Annual Checkup Today
Prevention is the key to a healthy body. Your annual checkup is the perfect time to guarantee your body is in top shape. Your general medical practitioner provides you with everything listed above and even more. Your health needs change as you get older and your doctor can help monitor these. 
By Premier Medicine and Wellness
May 15, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: Rice Method   Injuries  
InjuriesAthletes and exercise enthusiasts alike are at risk for injuries. It comes with the territory! If you’ve ever sprained your ankle or knee, you know that fast treatment is crucial. That’s why your physician recommends following the RICE method. This stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. This technique can make the difference between a fast recovery and sitting on the bench for the rest of the season. 
Why Use the Rice Method?
This easy self-care technique reduces your swelling and pain while speeding up your recovery. It’s the first line of defense against any sort of minor injury. Whether you have a sore knee, wrist, or ankle, your physician will recommend the RICE method. Knowing how it works and using it swiftly lets you avoid a trip to the doctor’s office. 
Rest (Step 1)
As soon as you experience pain, stop what you are doing right away. Your body is trying to tell you that something is wrong. Rest the injured area as much as you can. Avoid putting weight on it for 24-48 hours. With certain injuries, continuing to exercise or move makes it worse. This elongates your healing time while spiking your pain levels. 
Ice (Step 2)
Ice is a timeless solution for pain and swelling. Apply an ice pack covered in a cloth or towel to the injured area for 15-20 minutes, every 3-4 hours or 3 times a day. Do not ice it more than that to avoid tissue damage. Swelling should be reduced after 48 hours. If you don’t have an ice pack, try using a pack of frozen vegetables. In some instances, your physician may recommend using a heat pack after the swelling is gone. 
Compression (Step 3)
Wrap the injury with an elastic bandage. This keeps the swelling under control. Bandages are available over-the-counter, like an Ace bandage. When placing the bandage, make sure that it is snug but not too tight. You don’t want to cut off your blood supply. It’s too tight if you experience numbness, increased swelling or pain, or tingling. Wear the wrap a maximum of 72 hours. Needing to use the bandage for longer indicates a more severe injury. Talk to your physician if this is the case. 
Elevation (Step 4)
Raise the injury up above the level of your heart. This reduces your symptoms. It’s very easy to accomplish this step. Just prop the injury up on pillows while sitting or lying down. 
Your physician may recommend using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help with your discomfort. This includes medications like ibuprofen or naproxen. 
Following your physician’s advice when it comes to adding exercise and movement back into your daily routine. You will need to start slowly to accommodate your injury. Begin working with strengthening and stretching exercises before moving on. 
By Premier Medicine and Wellness
May 04, 2020
Category: Wellness
Tags: Exercise Program  
Spring is a great time to start a new exercise program. With the weather getting warmer, it opens up many opportunities for different types of activity. After getting a clean bill of health from your general medicine professional, you can jump into your new routine. If you’ve struggled in the past with continuing or sticking with an exercise regimen, there are a few tips that can help.
Setting Realistic Exercise Goals
The first thing you need to do is to determine your workout goals. Make sure these are maintainable and realistic for you. Your goals are highly personalized to your body and needs. Are you getting in shape for a marathon? Trying to lose some weight after the holidays? Different workouts target different areas of the body. You also need to make sure that your schedule accommodates for your new routine. Examine and inspect multiple exercise techniques before settling on the one you enjoy.
Ease Into It

The biggest mistake you can make when starting a new set of exercises is going too hard too fast. Jumping into strenuous exercise before your ready leads to serious injury. Follow the advice of your physician and participate in activities that work for you. Just remember that it is vital that you warm-up and cooldown before and after each workout. Stretching gives your body the necessary time to limber up and get the blood flowing. 
Stay Motivated

There will be certain days that you’ll find yourself wanting to blow off your workout routine. Don’t do it! Find ways to keep yourself motivated. Set up a chart to track your progress. It helps you easily visualize your goals. Both the changes to it and your body will demonstrate your growth.
If your workout routine is getting a little stale, change it up! Try out different workouts on different days, maybe focusing on aerobic exercises one day and cardio the next. This keeps you interested in your exercise goals and committed to your Spring program. 
Finding a workout partner is a great motivational tool. It adds a layer of accountability to what you’re trying to accomplish. It’s also helpful if you’re self-conscious and would feel more comfortable working out with another person. Plus, there are more exercise opportunities when you have someone spotting for you. 

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