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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 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
April 15, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: General Medicine  

Your general doctors can provide you with the care you need. Your health is their priority.

What is general medicine?

Your doctors provide you with the custom-care you need for all the health issues you may endure. They will guide you through those general health concerns or questions you inquire about.

They have received extensive medical training in order to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases other specialized physicians may not be able to treat because they lack the training. Doctors practicing family and general medicine generally receive training in being able to handle a variety of health concerns, issues and disorders compared to other medical professionals; they don't focus on just one organ system no matter the complexity. So your doctors can help treat your pneumonia or diabetes.

They will:

  • Create treatment plans with health professionals

  • Treat and diagnose health issues

  • Offer advice and tips for health problems

How often should you visit your doctor?

Illness can strike at any time so visiting your family doctor regularly and having routine checkups can help prevent and avoid major diseases spiraling out of control by providing routine visits, immunizations and screenings.

It's also vital to have a consistent doctor so that they are aware of your medical history, like what you may be allergic to. Having a consistent doctor that you visit regularly and who can help diagnose a vast number of diseases is not only smart but can also result in faster and better overall care.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your health and don't know who to turn to, their extensive knowledge of the body and all the systems will not only help them treat you but they will guide you to the specialist you need if that is the case.

Your health is very important! Call your doctor with any questions today!

By Premier Medicine and Wellness
February 27, 2020
Category: Medical
Tags: General Doctor  

At some point in time you are going to need to turn to a doctor, whether for preventive care or treatment. It’s imperative that everyone has a general practitioner that they can turn to regularly. You don’t always have to be sick in order to benefit from seeing a general medicine doctor.

 

You need your annual checkup

When was the last time you saw the doctor? If it’s been more than a year since you stepped foot in a doctor’s office you may be doing yourself a great disservice. Everyone, no matter how healthy they are, can benefit from getting a routine checkup. These checkups can help prevent diseases and can even detect problems early on when they are far easier to treat or manage.

 

You have a family history of chronic health problems

If you are at an increased risk for diabetes, heart disease or other chronic and potentially serious health problems it’s even more important that you have a doctor that you can turn to. A doctor can perform certain screening tools to check for early warning signs. Along with valuable screenings, a doctor can also pinpoint certain risk factors that can be influenced by a healthier lifestyle. For example, those at risk for diabetes can greatly reduce their risk by eating healthier, quitting smoking and getting regular exercise.

 

You’re about to travel abroad

If you are about to travel internationally you may be surprised to discover that you might need some vaccines or medications before heading to certain parts of the world. It’s always a good idea to see your doctor before your next trip abroad. We can provide you with the vaccines you need to protect against certain infections that may only be present in certain areas of the world.

If you have any pre-existing health problems a doctor can also make sure that your current medication is helping to manage your symptoms before you cross an ocean. We want to prevent health problems while abroad so you can fully enjoy your vacation!

 

You’re unexpectedly losing weight

While losing weight is often seen as a positive thing, especially for someone looking to shed some pounds, if you notice the pounds practically falling off you even though you haven’t changed your workout routine or diet then it’s time to see a doctor. Causes include everything from gastrointestinal problems and an overactive thyroid to certain infections and cancers.

Is your body trying to tell you to see a doctor? It’s important to listen to your body to avoid serious health problems in the future. Call your doctor today and schedule a much-needed checkup.