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Have you heard about the digital doctoring trend?There is some new technology on the horizon that will change the way medicine is practiced. Check out this article to find out.

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What are some health tests should we know about?There is some newer thinking about some tests that people should have as part of their normal health checks. Check out this article to find out.

checkup checklist

Why should I monitor my blood pressure? Blood pressure above what is considered normal (high blood pressure) may lead to eye damage, kidney damage, stroke, heart attack, damage to blood vessels and restrict blood flow to your vital organs. Low blood pressure may cause inadequate blood flow to the heart, brain and other vital organs.

arm angle matters in blood pressure readings

role of ambulatory bp monitoring

monitoring blood pressure at home

Why should I monitor my cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance. When too much is present health problems such as coronary heart disease may develop. LDL and VLDL cholesterol can cause buildup of plaque on the walls of arteries. Triglycerides are another type of fat carried by low density lipoprotein in the blood.

cholesterol & triglicerides tests

Why should I monitor my glucose levels? Blood glucose levels that remain high over time can damage your eyes, kidneys, nerves, and blood vessels. Blood glucose tests are done to check for diabetes, monitor treatment of diabetes, and check for low blood sugar level.


Why should I monitor my weight / body mass? Excess weight is known to be a major contributor to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, and some forms of cancer. The body mass index is one way to determine if a person is overweight.  "Losing weight can make you fatter."  (See the Body Mass Measurement pdf below.)

Basal Metabolism

weight management

Why should I monitor my lung function? Lung functions can be measured for improvement in your lung function if you are starting an exercise program or stopping smoking or if you are exposed to substances at work that can damage your lungs. People with chronic lung diseases (like asthma) may be able to detect early changes in their lung function.

asthma diary

Why should I monitor my body temperature? It is helpful to determine your normal body temperature (the average for people is an oral temperature of 98.6F) which may be above or below the average. A body temperature above your normal range may indicate an infection, a reaction to medications, a trauma such as heart attack, stroke, heat exhaustion, heatstroke (medical emergency) arthritis, and even some cancers. A body temperature lower than your normal range may indicate exposure to cold, shock, drug or alcahol use, diabetes, hypothyroidism, or an infection.


Why should I monitor the electrical activity of my heart? The elctrical activity of the heart can show shuch occurrances as enlargement of the heart, signs of insufficient blood flow to the heart, signs of injury to the heart, heart rythm problems, changes caused by elocrolyte imbalance, and inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart.

irregular heart beats

Why should I monitor my heart rate? Heart rates should be monitored in conjunction with excercise. A heart rate recovery that is too low can indicate a problem with the heart. People that should be especially wary are smokers, people with high cholesterol, diabetics, people that are overweight, and those with blockages in their blood vessels.

heart rate recovery after excercise

keeping pace with your heart

Why should I monitor my blood oxygen level? Blood oxygen levels can indicate the decrease of the lungs ability of gas exchange in the lungs. Smokers and others that may deveop impaired lung function should monitor their progress. Low oxygen levels (hypoxia) may indicate an underlying cause such as chronic obstructive lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis, or other causes such as pneumonia.

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