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 Do I actually need a colonoscopy?

Do I actually need a colonoscopy?

by Shearly (SU)
A colonoscopy is a medical test that allows your doctor to view the inside of your colon and diagnose any issues, such as colon cancer, that may be present. Using a thin, highly flexible camera and specialized instruments, your doctor can find polyps, ulcerations, inflammation, as well as spots that may be bleeding. He or she can also take tissue samples for a biopsy, when necessary. Only your doctor can advise you if you need a colonoscopy, however, people aged 50 years and older should have a colonoscopy every ten years even in the absence of symptoms or risk factors. However, your doctor may order one sooner, based on any symptoms you may be having, or if you have certain risk factors or previous tumors. Bottom line: colonoscopies do save lives by helping to detect cancer and remove dangerous polyps which could otherwise become cancerous.

Questions to Ask your Pulmonologist

Questions to Ask your Pulmonologist

by Shearly (SU)
A pulmonologist is a lung specialist who focuses on the treatment of disease and conditions of the lung and respiratory system. Pulmonology also includes some sub-specialties such as obstructive lung disease, sleep related breathing disorders, lung transplant specialists, interstitial lung disease, neuromuscular disease, interventional pulmonology and other lung related disorders. If your doctor has referred you to a pulmonologist, you probably need to be evaluated or treated for a breathing related disorder. If you are about to see a pulmonologist, there are certain questions you might want to ask.

Preparing for an Allergy Test

Preparing for an Allergy Test

by Shearly (SU)
If you have been told you need to be tested for allergies, you may be wondering what to expect, or how to prepare for your allergy test. That’s why we created this helpful guide to allergy testing. While it may sound scary, allergy tests are actually quite simple. And, someone is always on hand with medications and medical support, just in case you have a bigger reaction than expected.

Things to remember During an Asthma Attack!

Things to remember During an Asthma Attack!

by Shearly (SU)
Let’s be honest, having asthma can be scary. When you are having trouble breathing, your entire body goes on high alert. And while it may be nerve wracking, remaining calm and having a plan is critical to getting the relief you need. Asthma attacks are often accompanied by wheezing, a feeling of tightness in the chest, coughing spells, or an inability to move air in or out of the lungs. Severe cases may cause cyanosis - a slight blue or green color of the lips, fingers or skin that signals that the body is in need of oxygen. Below are some helpful things to remember during an asthma attack.

The Importance of Getting an Annual Hearing Test

The Importance of Getting an Annual Hearing Test

by Shearly (SU)
Annual checkups are an important way to protect your health. Just as regular mammograms, eye and dental checkups, colonoscopies, and prostrate health checks do, annual hearing tests can help spot potential health concerns early, often helping you to avoid bigger health issues down the road.

Why Keeping Open Lines of Communication with Your Doctor is Important

Why Keeping Open Lines of Communication with Your Doctor is Important

by Shearly (SU)
Your health is a precious commodity that is worth looking out for. Besides developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you should always keep the lines of communication open with your doctor so that you can proactively treat any issues that arise - before they become a bigger problem. Some people may feel embarrassed at telling their doctor things they deem personal, or asking medical questions, but the truth is that most doctors are more than happy to talk to their patients and answer questions about any health concerns they may have.

Benefits of Seeing a Hospitalist

Benefits of Seeing a Hospitalist

by Shearly (SU)
Many years ago, patients expected to see their doctors after being admitted to the hospital. Now, if you are hospitalized, you may, or may not be seen by your primary care provider. You are very likely to be treated, at some point, by a physician known as a hospitalist, who specializes in the treatment of patients during their hospital stay. Most hospitalists are board-certified internal medicine or family practice physicians, although others may have subspecialties such as emergency medicine, pulmonology (lung care doctors), renal (kidney) specialty, or pediatrics. Hospitalists can be employed by the hospital or, as is the case at Intercoastal Medical Group, your doctor may employ them directly. And, while you may wish to see your own doctor, there are certain benefits of seeing a hospitalist.

Reasons You Should Visit Your Cardiologist

Reasons You Should Visit Your Cardiologist

by Shearly (SU)
A cardiologist is a specially trained doctor who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and other heart-related, circulatory, and blood vessel conditions. Cardiologists undergo advanced training to care for the complex, powerful pump that is your heart.

Preparing for Breast Cancer Surgery

Preparing for Breast Cancer Surgery

by Shearly (SU)
The early spring day revealed a flawless blue sky. Birds were happily chirping, hopping from branch to branch. Christina gazed out the window, waiting for her husband to drive around with the car and pick her up. Oddly enough, the world seemed quite happy to continue spinning on, even though for her, everything had changed. The doctor’s words, “breast cancer” and “surgery,” hung in the air as they headed home holding hands in silence. Six months later, Christina was back at work and doing fine. Her advice to women preparing for breast cancer surgery?

Recovering from a Hernia Repair

Recovering from a Hernia Repair

by Shearly (SU)
Your body is not a machine which, after repair or replacement, can simply start up and run again. Although there is no standard or specific rule-set following a hernia repair, there are plenty of practical things you can do to ensure you heal as timely and as ideally as possible.