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World Heart Month 2018 | Could I Have Angina?

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Feb 08, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

February brings with it matters of the heart, in more ways than one. Aside from Valentine’s Day on February 14th, the month also marks a focus on heart health both in the US and the UK. We’ve blogged about Heart Month for the past two years now, on steps you can take to improve your heart health and atrial fibrillation symptoms, and 2018 is no different. This year we’ve chosen another common heart condition which is often ignored or left undiagnosed, as people fear that it may be the sign of a more sinister problem. The truth is, angina is a great warning and a reminder for us to take a look at our overall health and how we’re treating our hearts, so ignoring it can lead to much bigger problems.

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What to expect after the menopause - postmenopausal symptoms

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Feb 01, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

We recently wrote a blogpost on the symptoms of the menopause, detailing what to expect when entering the perimenopause until menopause occurs.  Generally, the symptoms are bothersome, but they are a normal part of the menopause transition and therefore nothing to be concerned about.  After you reach menopause, which is defined as having no period for a year or more, you have entered the postmenopausal stage. There are some common symptoms of the postmenopausal stage, and the risk for more serious complications also increases at this time in life, due to your body adjusting to the absence of reproductive hormones.

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Could I have SAD? - Seasonal Affective Disorder Symptoms and Diagnosis

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jan 25, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

blue-face.pngThe beginning of this month saw “Blue Monday,” the day coined by PR everywhere as the most miserable day of the year, after a psychologist was actually asked to create a formula to decide “the most depressing day of the year” for a holiday company. This was obviously a PR stunt grown way out of proportion as over 10 years later, we are still talking about the fact there is seemingly only one day in the year where it is okay to feel depressed. From a health perspective, this is both an inaccurate portrayal of the debilitating mental health issues that many deal with daily, and also quite harmful to those struggling with depression.

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Dry January 2017 - 10 Benefits to quitting drinking

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jan 04, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Back in October we did a post on the effects of stopping smoking, to encourage those who had taken on the Stoptober challenge. With the new year, comes a lot of new years resolutions, from stopping smoking, to starting the gym. Whatever you’re trying to give up or start in 2018, we hope you do well and stick to your health goals. A very popular choice of resolution, at least for the first month of the year, is cutting down on alcohol consumption. Dry January has been around for a few years now and with each year more and more people take part. For some it’s a concerted effort to banish the booze forever or tackle a more serious alcohol addiction, but for many it is simply a great way to kick off the year, detox from the overconsumption of the holidays, and resolve to drink less overall in 2018. Well just as we did with Stoptober, we’ve rounded up 10 benefits to cutting down or completely cutting out your alcohol intake, to give you the motivation to carry on this Dry January.

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Am I going through menopause? Symptom checker for menopause

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Dec 07, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Menopause is the permanent end of the menstrual period cycle and therefore the end of the fertility period in a woman. In this blogpost we talk about what to expect during this time in your life, the different stages of menopause, and advice on how to deal with the changing symptoms.

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1 Minute Read | Late Pregnancy Bleeding | Differential Diagnosis

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Late pregnancy bleeding, or antepartum hemorrhage is vaginal bleeding which occurs after 20 weeks of gestation and is reported in 2-5% of all pregnancies. Vaginal bleeding occurring at this point in later pregnancy is associated with increased maternal risks, including maternal morbidity secondary to acute haemorrhage, or operative delivery.  Increased fetal risks can occur due to uteroplacental insufficiency or preterm birth. Successful management depends on accurate identification of the cause of the bleeding and timely intervention according to severity of the condition.

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How Has Stoptober Affected Your Health | Benefits of quitting smoking

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

We’re nearly at the end of October, which also means the end of Stoptober, an initiative in the UK set up by the NHS and Public Health England. The concept came about to help people stop smoking, giving smokers the challenge of stopping completely for one month. After thinking about quitting, that first step can be the most daunting, and Stoptober is a great way to combat this and kick off the new you. Whether you tried Stoptober or not, we have 10 reasons why you should carry on with your challenge into November and beyond.

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Two new resources for clinical reasoning | Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

clinical-reasoning.pngThe Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) held its 10th International Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference in Boston last week, and many companies and organizations, including Isabel Healthcare, came together with the shared goal of improving the medical industry through the diagnostic process.  This year’s theme was ‘Improving Diagnosis - It Takes a Team’ and focused on diagnostic reliability and how important the collaboration of the whole multi-disciplinary team is within this process.  The conference featured renowned speakers from the diagnostic error and patient safety fields, as well as interactive workshops and breakout sessions enhancing the multidisciplinary team focus.

During the conference SIDM announced two new resources to help physicians improve their knowledge and competencies around their diagnostic skills. These tools are called “Assessment of Reasoning Tool (ART)” and “Getting It Right: Cases to Improve Diagnosis.” We applaud the launch of both of these tools and have outlined them in this blogpost.

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National Cholesterol Education Month | Everything you need to know about cholesterol

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

September is National Cholesterol Education Month in the USA, and coming up in October it is the UK’s turn. The recommended cholesterol levels for a healthy lifestyle are 200mg/dL.  More than 102 million American adults age 20 years or older have cholesterol above these levels. What’s more, 35 million of these people have levels of 240mg/dL or higher which puts them at high risk for heart disease. Many people are not aware of what their cholesterol levels are or even what their results mean when they are tested.  Therefore, this is a great time to get your blood cholesterol and lipid levels checked and embrace learning a bit more about them. If they come up high, we have some advice on what you can do to lower your levels by making the correct food and lifestyle changes.

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Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis | World Sepsis Day 2017

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Here at Isabel Healthcare we have often blogged and talked about sepsis and the dangers of this life threatening infection, particularly in children. Isabel started out as a pediatric tool following the near fatal misdiagnosis of a 3 year old girl, and so we have always been very conscious of raising awareness for ‘red flag' diagnoses in children, and now adults as well, so they are not missed in the often narrow timeframe. September every year sees World Sepsis Day, this year on September 13th, supported by both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA). What’s more, this year on September 12th, the organisations will be running “WSC Spotlight,” a free online congress for physicians focussing on maternal and neonatal sepsis, so we really wanted to highlight this and give some background into the disease presentation in mothers and babies, in preparation for the WSC Spotlight and World Sepsis Day as a whole.

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