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Blood Pressure Classifications

When you have a blood pressure reading, the doctor will tell you two numbers: the SBP (systolic blood pressure) over the DBP (diastolic blood pressure). Use the following chart to compare your SBP and [more…]

What to Do after You Know Your Blood Pressure

After you’ve received your initial blood pressure measurement, follow these recommendations for follow up visits with your physician and any actions you may need to take if you have high blood pressure [more…]

How to Prevent or Reduce High Blood Pressure

If you’ve been diagnosed with prehypertension or high blood pressure, like millions of others, adopt these changes to help prevent, or lower, high blood pressure to a healthy level. Doing these things [more…]

Evidence of Secondary High Blood Pressure

Secondary high blood pressure is a result of a specific illness. Usually, once the disease is treated, your blood pressure returns to normal. These signs may indicate you have secondary high blood pressure [more…]

Assessing High Blood Pressure Drugs

If you’ve wholeheartedly made lifestyle changes trying to reduce your high blood pressure and it doesn’t seem to be working, you may need high blood pressure medication. Numerous drugs exist for high blood [more…]

High Blood Pressure For Dummies Cheat Sheet

After you have received a blood pressure measurement and a classification from your doctor, make sure you follow the recommended schedule for medical rechecks. Make the necessary lifestyle changes to lower [more…]

Parkinson’s Disease Words and Acronyms

Every condition, profession, sport, and what-have-you has its own vocabulary and its own acronyms. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is no different. The following list contains terms and abbreviations that are [more…]

Medications that are Incompatible with Medications for Parkinson’s Disease

The following classes of medications may be incompatible with routine medications you take to manage Parkinson’s disease. Provide the following list to all medical professionals before they prescribe any [more…]

How to Prepare to Go to the Hospital or ER When You Have Parkinson’s Disease

Having Parkinson’s disease (PD) certainly doesn’t make you immune to accidents and ailments that can land you in a hospital — it may make a trip to the ER more likely, in fact. To make sure that a surprise [more…]

Emergency Contacts to Keep on Hand If You Have Parkinson’s Disease

It makes sense for everyone to carry a list of emergency contacts, but if you have Parkinson’s disease, carrying such a list is essential. Print out a list of contact information — home, work, and cell [more…]

Useful Web Sites about Parkinson’s Disease

If you’re dealing with Parkinson’s disease, don’t ignore the benefits of the Internet. The Web sites in the following list can provide you and your care providers with information, support, and a variety [more…]

Your Daily Parkinson’s Disease CHECK-IN

If you have Parkinson’s disease (PD), you know that few things are quick and easy — except the following list that helps you remind yourself that living [more…]

How to Manage Your Medications for Parkinson’s Disease

If you have Parkinson’s disease, you most likely manage some symptoms with medication. Managing your Parkinson's medications can be a challenge in itself, but the tips in the following list can help you [more…]

Parkinson’s Disease For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Living with Parkinson’s disease can be a challenge. You have to manage the medications you take, understand what you should avoid, and be familiar with a range of new terms and acronyms. It's also a good [more…]

Autism Intervention Questions to Ask

Many “entrepreneurs” are only too happy to accept your money for their “miracle cures” or interventions for your loved one with autism. Keep your eyes open, and ask these questions about all those sellers [more…]

Acronyms Associated with Autism

As with every other condition, autism has its own set of acronyms that it pays to become familiar with. The following table helps you translate some of the acronyms you’ll see and hear over and over during [more…]

Helpful Autism Web Sites

If you have autism or are caring for someone with autism, you can find resources, information, and legal support through the Internet. The links in the following list can help open new vistas of aid and [more…]

How to Communicate with a Person with Autism

Communication is one of the biggest challenges for people with autism. To engage in conversation with someone with autism, you need to shift your expectations and perhaps your style of communication a [more…]

Getting the Most from Your Autistic Child's Educational Experience

Your child with autism can thrive in school. You may need to be more involved in the educational process of your autistic child than with an unaffected child, but the rewards of that extra investment can [more…]

How to Prepare for Emergencies with an Autistic Loved One

For many people with autism any disruption of their routine is overwhelming, and a real emergency situation is enough to throw anyone off-balance. So, if you have a loved one with autism, it pays to prepare [more…]

Sample Emergency ID Card for a Person with Autism

If you have autism or you care for a person with autism, making an emergency ID card is a good idea. If you make a card for someone else, educate the person with autism to keep it on hand to share with [more…]

Understanding Autism For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Getting familiar with acronyms associated with autism and visiting autism-related Web sites can help familiarize you with this developmental disorder. Tips for talking with a person with autism come in [more…]

Ten Great Smoking Substitutes

To succeed at quitting smoking, you need to replace the habit with something else. You want to replace the cigarette habit with a healthier one. Here are ten good habits that you can substitute for the [more…]

Alternative Methods for Quitting Smoking

Alternative methods to quitting smoking can complement more traditional methods, such as quitting cold turkey and using nicotine replacement therapies, and can augment each other as well. You can attend [more…]

Quitting Smoking with Nicotine Replacement Therapies

A nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is just what it sounds like: a therapy that does its job by replacing the nicotine you’d normally get by smoking. When you use nicotine replacement therapy, you are [more…]

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