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How to Manage Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Minimizing your chance of developing heart disease is a matter of common sense and incorporating heart-healthy activities into your life. The following list contains five keys to a heart-healthy lifestyle [more…]

Promoting Heart Health with a Physical Activity Program

To keep your heart healthy and disease-free, you have to exercise it — after all, the heart is a muscle. And if you already have a heart problem, maintaining an exercise program recommended by your medical [more…]

Tips for Lowering Stress to Prevent Heart Disease

Stress is known to be bad for your health — especially your heart. To minimize stress and maximize a heart-friendly lifestyle, use the following suggestions: [more…]

Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Heart Disease

When you're being evaluated for heart disease or any other condition, asking the questions in the following list can help you get the information you need: [more…]

Warning Signs of Heart Attack

Acknowledging the warning signs of a heart attack can be clouded by fear, denial, or unawareness. If you experience warning signs of a heart attack — even if you've never had any sign of heart trouble [more…]

Heart Disease For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Even thinking about heart disease is no fun, but preventing it from happening in the first place (or managing heart disease if you do develop it) is often a matter of controlling your risk factors, eating [more…]

Complementary Medicine Safety Tips

Practising complementary medicine at home requires some planning and preparation. If you decide to try out any form of complementary therapy for yourself, first consider the following: [more…]

Choosing the Right Complementary Therapy for You

Wondering which complementary therapy is the one for you? Here’s a handy guide to the sorts of therapies that are particularly appropriate for certain conditions: [more…]

Complementary Medicine For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Interested in complementary medicine and wanting to find out more? Use this Cheat Sheet to get to grips with the different varieties of complementary therapies and how to pick the right one for you. Ensure [more…]

Child Psychology & Development For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Kids grow and develop in many ways. For the people who choose to care for children — from parents to teachers to childcare workers – keeping tabs on normal childhood development, spotting signs of trouble [more…]

Foot Reflexology Map

Your feet are full of acupressure and reflexology points. The following illustration shows each foot and its reflexology sites. Note that the feet are not mirror images of each other when it comes to reflexology [more…]

Acupressure Meridians

The human body channels energy (chi) along meridians, or pathways. These meridians have both yin and yang components, based on the direction of the energy flow on the body. The following table identifies [more…]

Acupressure and Reflexology For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Acupressure is mostly a matter of working with meridians, or energy centers of the body — and the human body has a number of meridians to work with. Those meridians are echoed in the feet, and a foot reflexology [more…]

Herbal Remedies for Common Conditions

If you're looking for an alternative to over-the-counter or prescription drugs for some common conditions that eventually affect everyone, try these herbal remedies to ease symptoms and maintain a healthier [more…]

Substitutes for Rare and Endangered Herbs

Interest in herbal medicine has dramatically increased, and along with the destruction of habitat, encroaching development, and commercial overharvesting, some healing herbs have become endangered. You [more…]

Herbal Substitutes for Common Medications

If you're looking for an herbal remedy as an alternative for some common medications, take a look at this chart to see what can be substituted. See your doctor or herbalist about persistent, serious conditions [more…]

A Dosage Guide for Herbal Remedies

The following table gives you information on dosage recommendations for herbal remedies. This chart is to help you make informed choices and is not a substitute for expert medical advice or treatment, [more…]

Herbal Remedies For Dummies Cheat Sheet

To maintain your health and combat common conditions, try herbal remedies as an alternate to pharmaceutical drugs. To protect rare herbs, check out some easy substitutions for these endangered plants. [more…]

Common Asthma Triggers

An asthma attack can be brought on by any number of triggers. Asthma triggers can range from certain animal dander to weather changes. Whatever your asthma triggers are, be aware that all the items in [more…]

Major Myths about Asthma and Allergies

You encounter a lot of myths and misinformation about asthma and allergies. The untruths and misconceptions about asthma spread like pollen in springtime. The following list includes incorrect statements [more…]

Asthma-Related Problems

Asthma patients often have problems beyond the typical wheezing associated with the condition. Asthma and allergic rhinitis can influence not only your lungs, but your head and digestive system, as well [more…]

Asthma For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Asthma, although termed a lung condition, affects the eyes, ears, nose, throat, and stomach, as well. Any number of allergens can trigger an asthmatic reaction, even changes in the weather. A condition [more…]

Common Conversion Factors in Medical Dosage Calculations

As a healthcare professional, you have to convert patient weights, fluid volumes, medication weights, and more. Conversion math isn’t hard to do as long as you know the basic conversion factors. Here are [more…]

Unacceptable Abbreviations in Prescriptions

Making sure that you correctly calculate a dose doesn’t matter much if the medication itself is incorrect or the dosing instructions are unclear. Some abbreviations in prescriptions are unacceptable because [more…]

Figuring IV Flow Rate, Infusion Time, and Total Volume

Whenever you’re administering intravenous (IV) infusions, you need to know the flow rate, infusion time, and total volume. Fortunately, calculating any one of these three variables is easy to do when you [more…]

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