Giving blood for donation or having blood drawn for a medical procedure can be stressful and frightening for many people. A little basic knowledge can go a long way toward making the process easier. fotografixx/Getty Images Are you going in to have blood drawn for hospital tests or a laboratory procedure? Are you filled with dread about the blood, the sticking, the needles and ... the blood? Or are you donating blood and worried about how to prepare for the process? Don't fret. Here are some things to know, best practices and tidbits to keep in mind, whether you're getting blood drawn during a hospital visit or donating blood at your local clinic. Know Who Is Drawing Your Blood If you're having your procedure done in a hospital or healthcare setting, there's a good chance that your blood will be drawn by a phlebotomist, one who specializes in drawing blood, according to Diane Crawford, CEO and Founder of the National Phlebotomy Association. It's important for you as a patient or … [Read more...] about Veins, Needles, Yikes: What to Know Before Having Blood Drawn
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Designers of a new app want to make monitoring your blood pressure more accessible, practical and comfortable, without you having to visit a doctor or use a machine in the store pharmacy. Swiss startup Biospectal and its app, of the same name, wants to combat the global epidemic of hypertension. According to the company's CEO Eliott Jones, more than 1.6 billion people suffer from hypertension. The condition affects half the US adult population.Biospectal is debuting the technology to the world this week at CES 2019, but we spoke to Jones ahead of CES to learn how it pulled it off. ZDNet: Watch Jason Hiner's interview with Biospectal's Eliott Jones The Biospectal app, still in testing, could essentially replace the traditional blood pressure cuff. "The blood pressure cuff is over 100 years old," Jones told CNET's Download.com. "It's impractical, uncomfortable and hard to use."Jones said taking your blood pressure in the app is as easy as placing your finger on your phone's camera lens. … [Read more...] about CES 2019: Scientists have developed a blood pressure monitoring app to replace the 100 year-old cuff
Blood Pressure Statistics According to the World Health Organization, high blood pressure is the most common cardiovascular disease worldwide.High blood pressure affects about 20% of the world's adult population.Fifty million Americans - or 1 in 4 - have high blood pressure.One third of those with high blood pressure don't know it. How damaging high blood pressure is to you often depends on how high your blood pressure numbers are, which determines the stage you are in. Doctors classify high blood pressure in three ranges - stage 1, stage 2, and stage 3 - with each category having higher blood pressure readings. If left untreated, even blood pressure that is in the high to normal range can reduce your life span by two to four years. Some experts estimate that uncontrolled stage 1 to stage 2 high blood pressure will take as much as 16 years off the life expectancy of the average 35-year-old. High blood pressure is a major contributing factor in many strokes and heart attacks. Strokes … [Read more...] about How common is high blood pressure?
Sodium brings out the flavor of food and is a vital electrolyte necessary for life, but the average diet today is packed with excess salt from processed foods. Vintage screen print/GraphicaArtis/Getty Images Salt. The word itself makes our salivary glands stand at attention and our taste buds burst to life. But what's in a word? In salt's case it's 40 percent sodium and 60 percent chloride: NaCl, common table salt, also known as halite, from the only family of rocks eaten by humans. Etymologically derived from Salus, the Roman goddess of health and well-being, would salt by any other name be more irresistibly delicious? "We are hardwired to crave salt," says Sharon H. Bergquist, M.D., internal medicine, assistant professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. "In ancestral times, the availability of this essential mineral was scarce. To motivate us to seek salt, our bodies became designed to get reward and pleasure from it." Salty Snacking From piquant pizzas and … [Read more...] about Salt: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Concern about drowning-related injuries increases during summer months, when more people spend time in and around water. Tommy Clarke/Getty Images There are as many ways to die as there are to live, but one little-known way of going about it is popularly called "dry drowning." Or that's what the media usually calls it, though drowning researchers wish we wouldn't. Drowning, they say, is just drowning. According to the World Health Organization, drowning is defined as "the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion in liquid." In order to drown, the entire airway drops below the water, which results in the victim having trouble breathing. The victim can die, be injured or can recover without injury. Does This Really Happen? This summer, a 4-year-old boy in Texas named Frankie Delgado was knocked over by a wave while wading in knee-deep water. His head was submerged for several seconds, but after his father hauled him out of the water, he recovered … [Read more...] about Why Using the Term ‘Dry Drowning’ Could Do More Harm Than Good