Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Importance Of Home Blood Pressure Monitors

By Michael Skatoli

Blood pressure monitors are very important for those with high blood pressure. Having a good and thorough monitor can be the difference between life and death for some people with high blood pressure.

Blood pressure monitors are different in quality, accuracy, and cost. The most crucial attributes in a monitor are:

* Ease of use - The buttons need to be big and simple to use. Sufferers or individuals that need to monitor blood pressure should never have to search for or get confused about the buttons and menu. It is very critical that the patient be able to measure the blood pressure immediately.

* Portability - People with this medical condition still go places. It is crucial that the machine comes with a carrying case, be small enough to carry, and is easy to pack away during travel. It is best to get monitor tha is able to fit in a small bag so that it is easily accessible when needed. It is also crucial to identify any airport rules for the use of blood pressure monitors.

* Service - When you purchase a blood pressure monitor, it is essential that it comes with a service plan. Sometimes the precision of the monitor can become ineffective from a variety of things, such as: jarring a a monitor, dumping the monitor, or frequent use. It is suggested to send the device back or have it looked at from time to time (as described in your user guide).

The above characteristics for a blood pressure monitor are most important. People that have high blood pressure need this easy of use to check their system. It is very essential that people with this condition have a home blood pressure monitor that has these important characteristics. If someone suffering from high blood pressure is is experiencing the problems associated with high blood pressure, they need to have the ability to take a reading whenever they need to.

Monitors come in a couple of different ways: a wrist reading type and a arm applied kind. Some say that readings in the wrist are better but the reading can be inaccurate if not done while the machine is laying flat. This also depends on the person. Many discover it is weird to take a reading at the wrist due to the thumping blood pressure; this is one of the draw backs of taking the pulse via the wrist.

Outside of finding a good blood pressure monitor, those who have high blood pressure need to see a doctor. Other treatments include monitoring and prescriptions. People need blood pressure monitors to be accurate so that when it counts so, it gives an correct result. If the reading is inaccurate, or worse, if the sufferer forgoes a test, there will be no way measure the blood pressure. High blood pressure can develop into a heart attack or stroke.

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