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.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Purchasing Wheelchair Accessible Vans

By Allan Tan

Wheelchair accessible vans can increase the independence of a wheelchair user. The van can be rented, purchased, or leased. They can be vans that were modified to be wheelchair accessible vans or manufactured as wheelchair accessible vans.

A van can be converted to a wheelchair accessible van if it meets the necessary safety requirements. The van will be inspected to determine if it is safe. If the van fails the safety inspection, the van company may refuse to do the conversion.

If the van is not suitable to be converted to a wheelchair accessible van, the van owner may be able to use the van as a trade-in for the purchase of a wheelchair accessible van.

Financing options can be discussed with the van manufacturing company. A deposit towards the purchase price is usually necessary.

A wheelchair accessible van may have a wheelchair ramp or lift on the side or rear of the van. Interior modifications of the van are based on the desired position of the wheelchair user. If the wheelchair user is to be in the position of the passenger seat, the passenger seat is removed.

The drivers seat can be removed if the wheelchair user will be the driver. Modifications to the vans controls can allow the wheelchair user to have the ability to drive with hand controls that are easy for them to operate.

The opening of van doors can be difficult for wheelchair users. Power doors can be installed to open the rear or side doors of wheelchair vans.

If it is not necessary to own a wheelchair accessible van, renting one when necessary may be a good option. A wheelchair accessible van can be rented for as long as necessary including a single day or over thirty days. The cost of a wheelchair van rental is determined by the number of days used, the number of miles driven, and the costs of the company for delivering a van to the home.

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