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Traveling Abroad This Summer? 

Here Are Our Vaccination Recommendations

June 2019
 

Vaccination has received significant media attention lately due to the recent nationwide measles outbreak that mostly resulted from people contracting measles abroad and not being vaccinated properly (for more on this, please seeour detailed report). Zika is also an important international travel health topic as it can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus, which can result in birth defects, and there is no preventative vaccine. This report covers how other vaccinations may be an appropriate part of your summer vacation preparation.

To read the full report, please click here.

  

The U.S. Measles Outbreak:

A Private Health Report on

What You Need to Know, Now

April 2019
 

Given the recent measles outbreak, Private Health Management prepared a report to help you understand the status of the outbreak, the disease, what you can do to protect yourself and what to do if you do contract measles. 

 

While some people may think that measles is a minor disease that may impact some children, it can actually be quite serious. Measles is a highly contagious acute respiratory illness. In severe cases, measles can lead to pneumonia, swelling of the brain, convulsions, deafness, premature births in pregnant women, and death. 

To read the full report, please click here.

  

This Valentine's Day,

A Focus on Heart Health for Women

February 2019

 

While Valentine’s Day centers on matters of the heart, February is also American Heart Month, which focuses on heart disease, and we’d like to draw your attention to the impact it has on women. The AHA and actress Elizabeth Banks made a video about a busy mom experiencing heart attack symptoms that went viral in 2011, and we applaud the continued focus on women’s heart health. Here’s why heart health for women is so important and what you can do to be heart healthy.
 

Heart disease is the number one killer of women.


In fact, 1 in 3 women will die of heart disease and stroke. But 1/3 of all women do not experience heart attacks the way they’ve seen them on TV: dramatically falling to their knees and clutching their chest. Women tend to have more general aches accompanied by cold sweats, shortness of breath, and other symptoms that they underplay.

Every woman should be aware of the symptoms of a heart attack (according to the
 American Heart Association):

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain at the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and returns

  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach

  3. Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort

  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness

  5. Sometimes, a sudden and inexplicable dizzy spell can be a danger sign if it’s coupled with an increased (or markedly decreased) pulse rate, a slow heart beat, or other cardiac symptoms such as clammy, pale skin, etc.

 

Use your best judgement, and call 911 if you are unsure, especially if you already have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, or a family history of heart disease. If you do call, be sure to say to emergency responders: “I’m having chest pain."
 

Reduce your risk.


Women can take simple, concrete steps to improve heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease. You’ve likely heard all of these before, as they are tried and true.

  1. Get moving. Physical activity is important for heart health.

  2. Eat a healthy diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy. Avoid foods high in saturated fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars often found in fast or processed foods.

  3. Don’t smoke.

  4. Maintain a healthy weight.

  5. Drink in moderation. The CDC suggests no more than one drink a day for women.

  6. Manage your blood pressure.

 
So this month, have a little heart (health)!
 
If you have any health-related questions, Private Health is always here for you.

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