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Healthcare & You 2014


February 25, 2014

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A healthy heart means a healthier you
Every February homes and businesses dress up the decor with cupids and hearts to celebrate love and affection. The heart shape has been used to symbolically represent the human heart as the center of emotion and romantic love. Hearts symbolizing love can be traced back to the Middle Ages. Those familiar with human anatomy realize that an actual heart bares very little resemblance to the ideographic heart shape used in art and imagery. Similarly, the human heart really has nothing to do with human emotions. Despite this, there are many interesting components of the heart, and a man or woman truly cannot love or live without one. The heart as an organ is relatively small in size. It is roughly the size of a fist and weighs only 11 ounces on average. Although small, the heart is responsible for pumping 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels daily. It accomplishes this by beating 72 times a minute in a healthy adult. All of the cells in the body receive blood except for the corneas in the eye. The heart works harder than any other muscle in the body. In a fetus, it begins beating at four weeks after conception and will not stop until a person’s time of death. Even then, sometimes the heart can be revived. A heart can also continue to beat outside of the body provided it has an adequate oxygen supply. Although many people refer to all of the blood vessels in their body as “veins,” they’re actually a combination of veins and arteries. Veins carry fresh, oxygenated blood to the body through arteries. The main artery leaving the left heart ventricle is called the aorta, while the main artery leaving the right ventricle is known as the pulmonary artery. Blood traveling back to the heart flows through veins after it has passed the lungs to pick up oxygen. The thumping noise that is heard while the heart is beating is actually the chambers of the heart closing and opening as blood flows through. While the heart may not be the cornerstone of emotions, it can be affected by feelings. Studies have shown that a “broken heart” is a real occurrence, according to Live Science. Bad news or a breakup with a loved one can put a person at increased risk for heart attack. This type of trauma releases stress hormones into the body that can stun the heart. Chest pain and shortness of breath ensue but can be remedied after some rest. Conversely, laughter and positive feelings can be beneficial for the heart. Research has shown that a good laughing fit can cause the lining of the blood vessel walls — called the endothelium — to relax. This helps increase blood flow for up to 45 minutes afterward. Although having a big heart colloquially means that a person is loving and goes out of their way for others, physically speaking, a big heart is unhealthy. An enlarged heart can be a sign of heart disease and compromise the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively. Left un-
Smoking & driving can be dangerous
Using a cell phone, texting and drinking alcoholic beverages are all activities that can lead to fines or arrest if done while in a moving vehicle. But in some areas, it is already illegal or may soon be, to smoke in a vehicle if in the presence of children. Since 2006, several communities have implemented laws to prevent smoking in cars when children are present, and campaigns for smoke-free car laws are poised to continue. Secondhand smoke, (aka environmental tobacco smoke) includes the smoke that a smoker exhales and the smoke that comes from burning tobacco products. Thousands of toxic chemicals are present in secondhand smoke, including formaldehyde, lead, butane, cyanide, and carbon monoxide. These chemicals can be inhaled and tend to linger in the air for hours or longer. Smoke residue also clings to a smoker’s body and hair. Asthma, heart disease and cancer may result from contact with secondhand smoke. When someone smokes within the small enclosed space of a car, passengers are exposed to air that is many times more toxic than what the EPA considers hazardous air quality, even if a window is down. What’s more, the particulates of tobacco smoke that are absorbed in the upholstery off-gas back into the air even after many days have passed, exposing riders to toxins well beyond when someone smoked in the car. The developing bodies of children and their small stature put youngsters at risk for greater complications from cigarette smoke, although any passenger is at risk. Laws vary depending on location and typically apply to children ages 16 and under.
Try going ‘green’ at the grocery store
While adopting an ecofriendly lifestyle might seem like a major commitment, many people find such an endeavor is far easier than they initially expected, as some relatively minor modifications here or there can make a substantial impact on the environment. One of the easiest ways to go green is to make more ecofriendly choices at the grocery store. Shopping for and preparing meals can be done in an eco-friendly way, and men and women will be happy to know they’re not only making changes that benefit the planet but their personal health as well. Here are some ideas for going green at the grocery store that do not require a big commitment. • Begin in the produce aisle. When shopping for produce, stock up on plenty of organic fruits and vegetables, which are now readily available at many grocery stores. Stick to organic for the “dirty dozen” foods, those which are the most likely to have high levels of residual pesticides and herbicides. Even produce that is not labeled “organic” may be organic. To determine if it is, look at the sticker codes on the fruits and vegetables. A four-digit code means it was conventionally grown, while five-digit codes starting with an eight indicate genetically modified food. A five-digit code starting with nine indicates the item is organic. While shopping, ask the produce manager if the store sells locally grown produce, and purchase only those products when they are available. • Buy only what you need. Shoppers are often tempted to go from aisle to aisle, buying items they both need and don’t need. Caving in to such temptation can be wasteful unless items purchased have long shelf lives. Before visiting the store, make a shopping list and stick with it. Not only will you save money, but you will avoid throwing out spoiled foods as well. • Purchase store-made items. If you’re looking for deli meats or bread for dinner, visit the stores’ bakeries, kitchens and delis, where employees cook foods right inside of the supermarket, a practice that cuts down on shipping of pre-made frozen foods produced elsewhere. Many stores carry their own homemade breads, cakes, doughnuts, dinner entrees, and sandwiches. * Ask questions in the meat department. Don’t be shy about asking store butchers where the beef and chicken for sale comes from. If the meat and poultry is not locally raised and all-natural, look for alternatives in the store or shop elsewhere. • Shop only the perimeter of the store. Many stores stock dietary staples along the outer edges of the store. The interior bulk of the store con-
treated, it can lead to heart failure. Being intimate can provide a physical workout, in some instances doubling a person’s heart rate and burning up to 200 calories. That’s the equivalent of a brisk 15minute run. Also, a study of 2,500 men aged 49-54 found having an orgasm at least
three times a week can cut the likelihood of death from coronary disease in half, according to The New England Journal of Medicine. The heart is an amazing organ responsible for sustaining life. Although it is not directly tied to love and emotions, without the heart such feelings wouldn’t be possible.
Another Dr. Bates joins Center For Oral Health
Dr. Steven L. Bates has welcomes his son, Dr. Ryan L. Bates, in the dental practice at the Center For Oral Health at W309 Crawford Ave. in Deer Park. Dr. Ryan Bates graduated from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2009. He then completed a one-year advanced dducation in general dentistry residency at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. He has served as an Army Brigade Dental Surgeon and Staff General Dentist in Anchorage, Alaska, which included a 10month tour in Afghanistan. He has completed and received certificates in: Advanced Cardiac Life Support , Forensic Dentistry from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Advanced Trauma Life Support and the United States Army Airborne School. Bates was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, The Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service as Brigade Dental Surgeon in Afghanistan, as well as the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service as a resident in the advanced education in general dentistry. The younger Bates is an active member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. Over the past five years he has received hundreds of hours of education and training as well as thousands of hours of experience in all aspects of dental practice. He has broad experience in dental
tains packaged, processed foods that are not as ecofriendly. • Buy in bulk whenever possible. Stock up on staples like toilet paper and other items. Bulk items are packaged together, which reduces the amount of packaging needed. Separate meat and poultry into smaller portion sizes at home before freezing. • Bring reusable tote bags. Even though many plastic shopping bags are made from recycled materials, many of these bags end up in the trash after use. Reusable cloth bags are more eco-friendly. Just be sure to wash them frequently so you clean them of any bacteria that may accumulate over time.
Dr. Ryan Bates, his wife, Afton, and family.
surgery, diagnostic, restorative, and prosthetic dentistry. He enjoys, family, church, hiking, and camping and is a long distance runner. He has completed many marathons and half marathons. He will be moving to their new home in Deer Park with his wife, Afton, and their five children next month. Dr. Steven Bates has opened a new stateof-the-art practice on the South Hill of Spokane with his other son, Dr. S. Brady Bates DDS. With this new practice, the older Dr. Bates has enjoyed working with his son, Brady. Now he is excited to work with his other son at the Deer Park office. He will divide his time and patient treatment between the two separate practices. Both of these young dentists are well prepared in their profession and able to serve the dental needs of their patients with comfort and excellence. Both practices accept the majority of dental insurance plans and are welcoming new patients at this time. Brady Bates in the Spokane office is also an in-network provider for Delta Dental of Washington and Premera Blue Cross insurance. Information for the Deer Park Practice can be found at or by calling (509) 276-6996. Information for the Spokane office can be found at, or by calling (509) 795-5878.
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By DR. GREG MILLER DDS Innovative and technologically advanced implant techniques can improve the quality of life for anyone who wears dentures or have a mouthful of missing or failing teeth. Implant supported bridges and replacement teeth never have to come out and are the closest thing to natural teeth. Implant supported bridges and replacement teeth enable the patient to regain the quality of life lost when teeth are removed. They facilitate eating and will put years of life back in a smile and help regain the self-confidence and performance permanent teeth provide. In addition to looking and feeling better, a major health benefit to dental implants is the preservation of bone and the maintenance of the facial structure, which improves appearance. When natural teeth are missing, there is nothing in the jawbone to stimulate bone growth. The body perceives the jawbone is no longer necessary and begins to dissolve it. This deterioration of the jawbone can quickly result in facial collapse, causing the lips to fold in and the lower face to withteeth, so that the bridge can be cemented onto them and into place. This natural tooth structure, once ground down, can never be replaced and the long-term health of these teeth are often compromised. Partial dentures have clasps that hook onto adjacent teeth, putting pressure on these teeth as the metal framework rocks back and forth. In addition, the clasps can erode the remaining gum tissue, causing even more harm. Eventually the teeth supporting the partial can loosen and fail as a result of this unnatural pressure. If dentures and partials are replaced with implant-supported teeth, the overall enhancement in quality of life can be even more significant. Returned is the ability to eat all types of foods, even crunchy and sticky snacks. You’ll never have to deal with adhesives or cleaning cups. Implant-supported replacement teeth never have to come out – not for daily cleaning, brushing and flossing, a medical exam or during a hospital stay. Dental implants are permanent. “I had worn dentures for over 20 years because I had my teeth extracted in my teens. I got used to eating certain foods and not being able
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Dental implants can improve quality of life
er up. This process makes a person look much older than they actually are. With implants, the entire tooth is replaced, this reproduces the feel and function of natural teeth and creates a strong, stable foundation that allows comfort when eating and speaking. Everything in the mouth looks natural. Improving oral health can also improve overall health. Dental implants help create a healthier mouth and help reduce periodontal disease, a bacterially induced chronic infection and inflammatory disease that doesn’t resolve by itself. Left unchecked, it can lead to heart attacks, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. Dental implants can immediately improve the health of your mouth. Since dental implants imitate natural teeth, the care for them is also similar. With routine maintenance and regular checkups, you can maintain your beautiful, healthy smile for a lifetime. Replacing missing teeth with implant-supported crowns and bridges does not involve the adjacent natural teeth. However, tooth replacement with traditional toothsupported bridges requires grinding down neighboring
A look into the eyes can spot a variety of health problems
People who have been putting off eye examinations may want to call their opthalmologists to schedule an appointment. That’s because vision checkups can do more than protect your eyes. By examining the eyes, doctors may have a window into health problems affecting other areas of the body. Researchers recently discovered a link between detected retinal amyloid plaques and the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. While evidence was found in lab mice, autopsies of at least eight Alzheimer’s disease patients have also shown amyloid plaques, which are known to interfere with memory and other mental functions, present in the retinas. Dementia is not the only thing that doctors may be able to detect through an eye exam. Jaundice in the whites of the eyes may indicate liver disease, and early warning signs of diabetes may be detectable in the eyes. The American Academy of Opthalmology says the eye is the only place where doctors can see veins, arteries and a nerve without surgery, and eye examinations are increasingly being relied on to gauge overall health. The following are a few additional conditions that may be detected through the eyes. Allergies Patients may be referred to an allergy specialist if they exhibit dark under-eye circles. While this can be a sign of aging, dark circles, sometimes referred to as “allergic shiners,” also may indicate certain allergies. When clogged sinuses cause a blockage of blood flow in the nasal passages around the eye, darkness may result. This symptom in conjunction with persistent nasal congestion could be a sure sign of allergies. High cholestero l The presence of bumpy, yellowish patches on the eyelid, known as xanthelasma palpebra, is a warning sign of high cholesterol, which is often initially diagnosed during a routine eye exam. Cancer Some cancer metastases can be detected during an eye exam. The presence of a bump or brown spot on the eyelid also may be indicative of skin cancer. Many malignant eyelid tumors are basalcell carcinoma. If the spot is brown, it’s more likely to be malignant melanoma. Thyroid issues When the outer one-third of the brow (the part closest to the ear) begins to disappear on its own, this is a common sign of thyroid disease. The thyroid helps regulate metab-
to eat others,” said Kristine, who has dental implants. “My dentures were uncomfortable and slipped when I spoke. I avoided any social setting where I might have to speak. I never smiled and, of course, I would never eat in public. I had mouth sores continually and really began to withdraw from life. “I did not want to live like that anymore. I chose to pursue dental implants and that decision has changed my life. I was surprisingly at ease when they placed implants on my upper and lower arches. My life has improved so much. “The implants never hurt,
they never slip and I can talk anywhere at any time. I love going out with my husband again and I am always ready to go out with my friends. I find myself smiling continuously. My lower jawbone had begun to deteriorate once I lost my teeth. My implants have stabilized my bone. My face no longer looks sunken in. I am so grateful for the work the dental team has done for me. My implants are beautiful and I when I receive a compliment on my smile I just beam and say “Thank you!” With the highest success rate of any tooth-replacement
option and a track record spanning decades, dental implants are the best long-term solution to missing teeth. By utilizing biomechanically positioned multiple implants to share biting forces, implant supported bridges are a cost-conscious option for stable dental implant treatment with exquisite esthetic results. When properly cared for, implants can last the rest of a patient’s life — making them a good value. Surprisingly the procedure can be done in one day. Consult a dentist if dental implants or implant supported bridges sound like an option.
olism, and thyroid hormones are essential to hair production. Hair loss may occur elsewhere, but is much more visible in the brows. Clogged arteries Blockages in the smaller veins in the retina may indicate clogs caused by arterial plaque. This will show up as a retinal occlusion in a visual exam. If blood vessels in the eyes are blocked, clogged arteries may be present elsewhere in the body, so a cardiology workup may be ordered. Bell’s palsy The inability to close one eye or to control tear production in that eye may be a sign of Bell’s palsy. This is a condition of the nervous system that controls facial muscles, causing temporary paralysis in one side of the face. Sometimes Bell’s palsy follows a viral or bacterial infection.
NEWHP receives Empire Health Foundation grant
N.E. Washington Health Programs (NEWHP), a not-forprofit community health center, headquartered in Chewelah, has received a $12,500 Empire Health Foundation grant to provide partial support for a dedicated coordinator pilot project. The project will address a significant patient care issue: the need to receive provider directed follow-up care that ,if not received, can negatively affect health outcomes. The project goal is to empower and educate patients so they can understand the role follow-up/recall appointments play in their overall health. The project has been implemented in NEWHP’s seven clinics in Springdale, Loon Lake, Northport, Orient, Chewelah, Ione and Nine Mile Falls. It is anticipated that the project will expand to the health program’s three dental clinics. “We are excited about the positive impact this project can have on the health of our patients and are very appreciative of Empire Health Foundation’s support,” NEWHP Chief Executive Officer Desiree Sweeney said. “Following a prescribed treatment plan plays a vital role in positive health outcomes.”
Stroke screening clinic set for March in Deer Park
Residents living in and around the Deer Park community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Boyer Mountain Lodge No. 134, N310 Main St., Deer Park, will host Life Line Screening on March 27. Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women. Packages start at $149. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit Pre-registration is required.
Cardiac arrest and a heart attack are not the same
Cardiac arrest is the abrupt loss of heart function in a person who may or may not have diagnosed heart disease. Though often mistaken as the same thing as a heart attack, cardiac arrest is not the same. Heart attacks can cause cardiac arrest and even lead to death, but the cause of heart attack and cardiac arrest are different. According to the American Heart Association, heart attacks are caused by a blockage that stops blood from flowing to the heart. Though heart muscle tissue dies because of this lack of blood supply, heart attacks do not always result in death. Cardiac arrest is caused by an electrical malfunction of the heart, which suddenly stops working properly. This can be arrhythmia, a condition that occurs when the heart beats irregularly or abnormally. Once the heart has stopped during cardiac arrest, death can occur within minutes. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, can reverse cardiac arrest. A defibrillator will be used to shock the heart, which can restore the it to a normal rhythm in just a few minutes. Because cardiac arrest is so sudden and strikes without warning, it’s imperative that men and women who are with someone they believe is in cardiac arrest take action immediately.
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