Having trouble sleeping? Do you snore, or feel tired all the time?
You might be struggling with obstructive sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes pauses in breathing during sleep.
“Sleep apnea can have serious health consequences because it interferes with a good night’s sleep,” said Philip Mataverde, D.O., MPH, a board-certified neurologist and sleep medicine specialist at Lake Regional Sleep Medicine. “Left untreated, sleep apnea increases the risk of heart attack and stroke and can worsen high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, insomnia and mental health problems.”
Are you at risk for noise-induced hearing loss?
“This harm can happen throughout time, or it can occur from one severe episode,” said Jonathan Wilson, Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA, a licensed and certified audiologist at Lake Regional ENT & Audiology. “Once it occurs, this hearing loss is irreversible, so it’s critical to take steps to prevent it.”
When it comes to stroke, the more quickly you get treatment, the better your chances of recovery. “If you suspect a stroke, remember the word FAST,” said Lake Regional Neurologist Philip Kurle, M.D.
F is for face — is it drooping?
A is for arms — can you lift them?
S is for speech — are you slurring your words?
T is for time — “Call 911 immediately because with stroke, time is brain,” Dr. Kurle said.
“For most 5K runners, success is not about being the fastest runner out there but about accomplishing something that makes them proud,” says Jennifer Newman, director of Lake Regional Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. “A lot of times, people do their first 5K just so they can say they have done one, and then they get hooked.”
Ice packs and heating pads both have a place in treating sports injuries -- but when is ice needed and when is heat better?
Baseball might be a noncontact sport, but that doesn’t mean it can’t bring injuries. In addition to such acute injuries as ankle sprains and concussions, baseball brings the risk of overuse injuries, which occur gradually from repetitive use.
“Studies suggest that these injuries may be on the rise in our young athletes,” says Lake Regional Orthopedics’ Scott Hofer, D.O., who is board certified in sports medicine and orthopedic surgery. “Pitchers, especially, are at risk for overuse injuries to the shoulder and elbow. Throwing too hard, too often and without adequate rest is almost guaranteed to bring on a serious shoulder or elbow injury.”