Posts for: August, 2020
"Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which means "one person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease." At Argyle Family Practice in Argyle TX, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave help patients prevent heart disease.
Types of Heart Diseases
Heart disease refers to issues and deformities in the heart, as opposed to cardiovascular diseases, which are problems with the blood vessels. There are many types of heart diseases:
- Congenital heart disease: These are deformities present since birth, like septal defects, a hole between the two chambers of the heart.
- Arrhythmia: This is an irregular heartbeat because electrical impulses in the heart aren't properly coordinated. Examples of arrhythmia include tachycardia, when the heart beats too fast, and bradycardia, when the heart beats too slow.
- Coronary artery disease: Damaged coronary arteries, which are responsible for supplying the heart with nutrients and oxygen, reduces oxygen and nutrients.
- Heart failure: This is when the left or right side of the heart does not efficiently pump blood to the whole body. Coronary artery disease or high blood pressure can leave the heart too stiff or weak over time.
Preventing Heart Disease
Birth defects aren't preventable, but there are preventive measures to protect yourself against a pre-existing heart disease spiraling out of control or occurring.
Here's what you can do with the help of your Argyle TX doctor:
- Eat a balanced diet: low-fat (stick to mostly unsaturated fats), high-fiber, and fresh fruit and vegetables each day.
- Reduce the amount of salt and sugar in your diet.
- Regular exercise to strengthen the heart, reduce cholesterol, and maintain healthy blood pressure.
- Maintain healthy body weight and quit smoking.
Whom should you contact?
If you want to learn more about heart disease and how to prevent it, contact Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave at Argyle Family Practice in Argyle TX by calling (940) 226-4850 today!
About 55 million US adults have never been officially diagnosed with arthritis by a doctor, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice can diagnose and help treat patients in Argyle TX.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis describes hundreds of conditions and diseases that cause joint inflammation and lead to arthritis, which worsens with time. Arthritis causes bone and joint degeneration. It's also considered an autoimmune disease (immune system attacks the body) that causes widespread pain. There are a few different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis
Symptoms of Arthritis
Arthritis affects any joint, causing:
- Inflammation around joints
- Restricted joint movement
- Weakness in muscles
How does Argyle Family Practice treat arthritis?
Early detection at our Argyle TX office may prevent chronic health issues, disability, and joint damage.
- You need to give your doctor a full medical history so he can determine if arthritis is a possible diagnosis based on family history and/or your symptoms.
- Drs. Christopher Hughes or William Musgrave determine the type of arthritis using diagnostic tests, like blood tests and X-rays.
- Depending on the severity of your situation, your doctor creates a custom-made plan based on your symptoms, which joint has been affected and the degree of joint damage.
Treating Your Arthritis
There are conservative options available to patients, like:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Disease-specific medication
- Physical therapy
- Counterirritants (topical creams)
- Joint injections (viscosupplementation).
If conservative treatments don't work, you may need surgery. Surgery is minimally invasive for fast recovery. If you want to consult your Argyle TX doctor about surgery, you should know this typically means replacing one or more of your affected joints, like your knee, ankle, shoulder, and hips.
Need to speak with a doctor?
If you would like to learn more about maintaining your health, call Argyle Family Practice, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave in Argyle TX at (940) 226-4850.
When was the last time you thought about your bladder health? Physicians of Argyle Family Practice, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave, in Argyle TX, can tell you more about the importance of caring for your bladder.
More About Health Bladder
A bladder is located in the lower abdomen and stores urine, which is wastes and extra fluid left over from what we eat and drink. The bladder is part of the urinary system and the tissue itself is elastic but may toughen and become less stretchy over time. Reduced elasticity means your bladder cannot hold as much urine, so you end up needing the bathroom more often.
What are the common bladder problems?
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common infections in the urinary system. Women usually contract UTIs, especially as they age. Types of UTIs include:
- Bladder infection: Bacteria enters the bladder, causing symptoms like a sudden urge to urinate.
- Kidney infection: Infections can spread to kidneys and result in permanent kidney damage if not treated soon.
- Urethra infection: The urethra can also be infected but this is less common.
- Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS): These are a group of symptoms caused by problems with the bladder, urethra, or pelvic floor muscles. Symptoms include trouble urinating, loss of bladder control, leaking urine, and frequent need to urinate.
- Bladder cancer: This occurs in the lining of the bladder.
What can you do to maintain a healthy bladder?
- Drink enough fluids, especially water
- Limit alcohol and caffeine
- Quit smoking
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise regularly
- Do pelvic floor muscle exercises
- Use the bathroom often, especially after sex
- Empty the bladder when urinating
- Be in a relaxed position while urinating and wipe from front to back
- Wear cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes
Need a consultation?
If you would like to learn more about maintaining your bladder health, call Argyle Family Practice, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave, in Argyle TX, at (940) 226-4850.