Thursday, April 9, 2015

What women need to know about asthma

Asthma is a condition in which a person's airways become inflamed, narrow and swollen making it hard to breath. It's a very common disease that affects people of all ages. Asthma is sometimes caused by allergies. It sometimes starts in childhood but adult-onset asthma is also common. Women who suffer from asthma have some particular challenges as they live with this condition.

What do women need to know about asthma?

What do women need to know about asthma?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How do you know when: you need your tonsils removed?

All too often people have nagging medical issues that they feel aren't serious enough to call the doctor. Sore throats often fall in this category. It's easy to pass off a sore throat as the symptom of a cold or just "something I get every winter." How do you know when a sore throat is more than just a sore throat?

Let's learn more about a few signs that your sore throat could be something more serious like tonsillitis; when that tonsillitis might warrant having your tonsils removed and how to recover after a tonsillectomy.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Logansport Memorial Hospital to host community conversation

Do you have questions about the healthcare in your community? Are you concerned about an experience you had? Do you feel like you have valuable feedback to share with hospital staff? If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, we invite you to join us for a free community conversation about healthcare.

Logansport Memorial Hospital CEO David Ameen and members from the hospital leadership team will be available to answer your questions, discuss your concerns or feedback, and listen to your stories. In this session, we’ll work to address the feedback you provide and use it to continue making future improvements.

“We realize this is a similar idea to what the United Way of Cass County was doing last year,” comments David Ameen, President and CEO. “We liked the concept and thought it would be a good way to start talking with some of our patients who may not feel like they have an opportunity to share their feedback with us. We are always looking for ways to continuously improve, and our patient satisfaction scores show that we still have some room to grow. We are hoping that our patients will feel welcome and invited to come share any feedback they have with us during this session so that we may learn from what they tell us they want to see and experience.”

The community conversation is a free event, and takes place on the following date/time:

  • Friday, March 27, 2015
  • 10 – 11 am
  • Conference Room DE at Logansport Memorial Hospital

No RSVPs are necessary and light refreshments will be served. This community conversation will be the first of many that we plan to hold throughout the year. If you can’t make it for this event, please keep watching for other events to be scheduled that may be more convenient for you. But if you are able, please join us for your chance to talk directly with our hospital CEO and the leadership team, as we all work together to shape and improve the healthcare available in Cass County.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Living with COPD

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a serious disease and according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, more than 12 million people are currently diagnosed with COPD. Left untreated, COPD can cause serious, lifelong disability and is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

If you've been given a diagnosis of COPD do not be discouraged. There are treatments that are successful at treating symptoms and minimizing further damage.You can life a happy, healthy life with COPD if you work closely with your doctor to manage your symptoms. Let's learn more about how you can manage your COPD.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Your lungs and heart: partners for life

Did you know shortness of breath is a sign of heart failure? Did you know fluid in the lungs can be caused by heart issues?

In a healthy body, the heart and the lung work together in harmony with each heartbeat and breath you take. When that harmony is broken, it can be a sign of serious health issues. Cardiopulmonary health - which means having to do with both your heart and lungs - should always be taken seriously. Let's learn more about how the heart and lungs work together, symptoms of cardiopulmonary problems and steps you can take to improve your cardiopulmonary health.

How do the heart and lungs work together?

Your heart and lungs aren't just located near each other - they are partners working to make sure your entire body gets the oxygen it needs. The right side of your heart receives blood from the body and pumps it to the lungs. The lungs fill the blood with oxygen and then send it back to the heart. The left side of the heart receives this oxygen-rich blood from the lungs and pumps it out to the body.

Want to learn more about how oxygen gets from your lungs into your blood and throughout your body? Read this article from the Joan Lamphier Memorial Research Foundation for Pulmonary Hypertension.

Symptoms of cardiopulmonary problems

A weak heart or lungs mean that your major organs and muscles aren't getting the oxygen you need. Common symptoms of cardiopulmonary health issues include:
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath - most often during activity but even when lying flat in bed 
  • irregular heartbeat
  • swollen lower legs or ankles
  • dizziness
  • fatigue and weakness
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment with a doctor to assess your cardiopulmonary health.

A weak heart causes fluid to back up in the lungs which makes the lungs less efficient. Lung congestion can also cause problems in delivering oxygen-poor blood to your heart. Basically, if either partner isn't holding up their end of the relationship - you will have health problems.

Keeping your heart and lungs healthy

Seemingly small changes can make a big difference in the health of your heart and lungs.

Since your heart and lungs are so important to your overall health, you'll reap many benefits from a healthier lifestyle. Here are a handful of things you can start doing today that will help your heart tomorrow:

1. Eat a healthy diet: a diet filled with veggies, fruit, whole grains, fish, and nuts and beans is a good step towards better health. Pay particular attention to foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids - these decrease inflammation in the arteries surrounding your heart which helps your heart work better. And don't forget to watch your salt, food high in salt increases your blood pressure which is hard on your heart and lungs.

2. Exercise regularly: Walking, biking and swimming are all examples of aerobic activity that improves the capacity of your entire cardiopulmonary system. Strength training with weights in particular is good for your heart as it reduces your body fat and increases muscle mass which helps you get more from aerobic exercise. New to exercising? Consult with your doctor before starting any exercise program.

3. Reduce stress: the hormones that rise with stress are bad for your heart. Daily meditation; taking slow, deep breaths; seeking healthy friendships and other stress relieving techniques aren't just better for your emotional health - they help your heart too!

4. Stop smoking: Your heart and lungs will reap immediate benefits when you stop smoking. Read our recent article with three steps to quit smoking.

5. Get enough sleep: Research indicates that adults need 7-9 hours of sleep to stay in good health. While each individual is different, one thing remains the same for all of us - sleep is an important part of overall health. Turn off electronics before bed, avoid caffeine after noon and stick to a sleep schedule to help your body get a good night's sleep.

Let us help you take care of your heart and lungs

Our services include diagnostics, cardiac rehab, respiratory therapy, sleep therapy and more. Take a few minutes to use our calculator to determine your risk of developing cardiac disease in the next ten years. If needed, make an appointment or call our heart care center with your questions. Learn more about cardiopulmonary health at Logansport Memorial.