Monday, August 29, 2011

Measles Exposure in Northampton County, PA

Please read the following article issued by the PA Department of Health regarding the possible risk of recent measles exposure at a department store in Easton, PA.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Final Expense Insurance

Final expense insurance is funeral insurance. You decide on how much insurance you will need for your funeral costs to determine the amount of insurance you want to buy. Policy face amounts can be written up to $25,000. The average funeral costs today are $6,000.

Life insurance is one of the lowest priced insurances. Car, house, health, etc. have a higher rate of premium. If you own any of these types of insurances, it would be a wise decision to add final expense insurance to your portfolio. Once you pass, your family will be able to continue to maintain their lifestyle without having the burden of paying for high funeral expenses from an already tight budget. Even the least expensive funeral package is enough to make the average family struggle to pay.

Most people are living paycheck to paycheck and have a looming threat of losing their jobs. If you become a victim of downsizing and lose your job, look at the heavy financial burden left on your loved ones should an unexpected accident occur. For those left behind, life and bills do not stop after your deceased. Leftover debt and current expenses must be paid.

Preparing for end of life issues can be difficult to discuss and it is not an easy thing to do. However, it is a part of our lives and it is the final chapter. We are mortal. Coming to terms with death and facing the inevitable, will enable a conversation on end of life issues and funeral preparation much more forgiving.


Trisha M. Pacenti RN,BSN

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Stroke: acute ischemia

Stroke or brain attack is a sudden impairment of cerebral circulation. A stroke is a cardiovascular event. It diminishes oxygen rich blood supply to the brain causing serious damage and necrosis of the tissue. Biological death occurs after 4 minutes when oxygen rich blood is not reaching tissue. Factors that increase your risk of stroke include history of TIA; transient ischemic attacks, atherosclerosis, HTN, kidney disease, arrhythmia, diabetes, high triglyceride levels, obesity, lack of exercise, use of hormonal medicine, and cigarette smoking.

A TIA is a neurologic deficit that last seconds to hours. It is usually a warning sign of an impending larger stroke. The most distinctive characteristics are transient in nature with complete return of function. Double vision, unilateral blindness, staggering, numbness and speech deficits are typically the result of a TIA. Early treatment is the key to preventing the stroke from further causing damage. Aspirin and anti-coagulants are administered after and between attacks and given for preventative measures.

Factors you can change to lower your risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event:  start an exercise regime, choose healthy foods, decrease intake of fat, salt, high carbohydrate foods, quite smoking and decrease amount of alcohol intake. Be proactive in choosing a healthier lifestyle. Factors you cannot change: genetics, family history.

Cardiovascular disease is the number 1 killer in the USA. Do your part and be heart healthy. Change the factors you have control over. There are plenty of resources out there to help you get started. See your physician first as he will guide you in the best direction for your individual situation.

Good health,

Trisha M. Pacenti RN,BSN