Thursday, January 23, 2014

Understanding Asthma made simple

In healthy lungs, airways are wide open allowing the passage of air to move freely. The bronchioles are free of inflammation and the cells are free of pathology. Secretions that are naturally present are kept at minimal. Capillaries are functioning properly delivering nutrient rich blood and allowing the even exchange of oxygen (O2) and carbon dioxide (CO2).

In the asthmatic lung, there is an absence of a symbiotic environment. The pathophysiology present are inflammatory cells. These inflammatory cells create edema (swelling) and damage the airway and blood vessels. Edema causes increased mucus secretion within the airway and a decreased ability to transport the secretions from the airway. The blood vessels respond to the edema by becoming sluggish. In other words, the secretions are getting in but not coming out. Airways are small, even the largest of them, but they are designed to be free of obstructions so air may freely move in and out.

Soon after inflammation sets in, the sensory nerves located within the airway are triggered. This hyperactivity is manifested by a cough or a wheeze. There are many treatment choices available to you. Your doctor will design a treatment plan for your own individual situation.

Good health,
Trisha M. Pacenti RN,BSN

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Final Expense life insurance is proven invaluable

How will your family pay for your final expenses?
Accidents can happen any time. Catastrophic illnesses such as Cancer and cardiovascular disease are prevalent. Illness and accidents can change your life in a split second. Are you financially prepared to meet the demanding costs of health care and funeral expenses? The importance of preparing will provide peace of mind knowing there is a plan in place. Life insurance will cover the unpredictable and high expenses associated with end of life issues.

The time to buy life insurance is now. The younger you are the lower your premium. Today you are healthiest you will be. You are buying a financial plan that will provide asset protection for your family. If you have no spouse or children, you are still need life insurance. You are providing the finances needed to pay for final expenses generated by death. The world is nothing without free will. Everything must be carefully considered when financial responsibility is brought into question. It is whether you are willing to take those risks and use your individual situation to your own advantage.

We all have heard the tragic stories happening to people who experienced a sudden loss of a loved one and no life insurance was in force. The survivors are left with a major financial burden and many unanswered questions. Having a suitable plan in place will help your loved ones meet current financial obligations. Life insurance provides financial protection for them. You cannot be faulted for preparation.

It is important to do your research and decide which type of life insurance is suitable for you.  Each of us has our own situation that is different from our neighbors and friends. Only you know what goes on in your household. Keep in mind, what may be best for someone else does not necessarily mean that is the best thing for you. Which is why YOUR needs must considered when purchasing a policy.

So, why have life insurance?
Reason 1

Do you have any bills, a mortgage? This alone is a pertinent reason to have life insurance. This major bill will be paid off and not left to your survivors to deal with.

Reason 2

Young, fit and healthy? Then this is the best time to get life insurance. Your premium will be affordable and if you take out a policy that allows you to keep the same premium until the age of 65, you will have considerable savings... the earlier you start, the better. And then if you develop any health issues throughout your life, it doesn't matter, because you already have the policy in force.

Reason 3

Are you married? Do you have a domestic partner? Should you parish and leave no money behind to help cover bills, you now just placed a heavy financial burden on your loved ones. Adding financial stress to an emotional time could lead to further catastrophe.

 Reason 4.

Peace of mind. If you develop a terminal illness, your life insurance will pay out a lump sum upon confirmation from your treating physician. You will have the money to help get your affairs in order.

Life insurance premiums are easily calculated into your monthly expenses. 

Good health,
Trisha M. Pacenti RN,BSN