• Facts about Heart Disease in Women

    In the United States, heart disease takes the life of one woman every minute. About one in four women dies of heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for American women. Still, heart disease is often considered a “man’s disease” and many women do not realize how serious it is. Knowing the symptoms and risk factors, as well as preventive measures you can take, can mean the difference between life and death.

    Symptoms of heart trouble can be different for women than they are for men. While men typically experience crushing chest pain, the indication that something is wrong can be less clear for women. In fact, some women have no symptoms at all. 64 percent of women who die suddenly from heart disease have no previous symptoms, but for those who do have symptoms, the warning signs are often unrelated to chest pain. Signs of a heart attack can include:

    • Pain in the neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdomen
    • Shortness of breath
    • Pain in one or both arms
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Sweating
    • Lightheadedness or dizziness
    • Unusual fatigue

    Of course, a heart attack is not the only heart condition that affects women. Arrhythmia can cause fluttering feelings in the chest, and signs of heart failure may include shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling of the feet, ankles, legs, and abdomen. A woman having a stroke may experience sudden weakness, paralysis or numbness of the face, arms, or legs, or other symptoms that include confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech, difficulty seeing, shortness of breath, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, loss of consciousness, or a sudden, severe headache. These symptoms can happen when a woman is resting and can be triggered by mental stress.

    One difficulty in treating heart disease in women is that women tend to go to the emergency room after the heart has already been damaged. This is sometimes because women don’t know the symptoms, but it can also be because they downplay their own health concerns and prioritize other things, like work and family. The best thing a woman can do for her health is to see her physician regularly, know her own risk factors, and be proactive in making positive lifestyle choices to prevent heart disease.

    What are the risk factors for heart disease? High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are major factors, and about half of Americans have at least one of these risk factors. However, there are also many other conditions that can put women at a higher risk of developing heart disease.

    • Diabetes puts women at a greater risk than men with diabetes.
    • Excess weight increases the risk of heart disease and raises the probability of developing other risk factors.
    • A poor diet and inactivity raise the risk of heart disease, and so does excessive use of alcohol.
    • Mental stress and depression affect women’s hearts more than it affects men’s.
    • Pregnancy complications like high blood pressure or gestational diabetes can increase a woman’s long-term risk for developing heart disease.
    • Menopause and the accompanying low levels of estrogen pose a risk for developing heart disease in the smaller blood vessels.
    • Some treatments for cancer can raise the risk of heart disease, and women with inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus may be at a higher risk.

    How can you reduce your risk of developing heart trouble? There are lifestyle changes that can make a big difference in your cardiac health. Steer clear of cigarettes, and make sure you’re paying attention to your health, managing problems like diabetes and high blood pressure or cholesterol. Eat a healthy diet full of nutrient-dense foods like fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, and whole grains, while avoiding processed foods, saturated or trans fat, added sugar, and foods high in salt. Limit your alcohol intake to one drink per day, and find healthy ways to manage stress. Exercise is important too, and it’s recommended that you aim for 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity, at least five days per week.

    Finally, be your own advocate when it comes to your health. Sometimes, doctors fail to notice the subtler signs of heart disease, and serious conditions go undiagnosed. If you think something is not right, push for a thorough examination. Don’t brush off or downplay your symptoms, do prioritize your own health. If your doctor isn’t willing to take you seriously, get a second opinion.

    If you have questions about medical care or treatment, or a catastrophic injury, don’t delay in calling Pegalis & Erickson, LLC for a no-fee consultation!  We obtain justice for our clients after hospitals, doctors, construction companies, and drivers commit preventable errors that cause harm. Reach us through our website or call  (516) 858-2194.

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  • Health Tips for Moms-to-Be

    If you’re an expectant mother, it’s important to take some extra precautions to ensure that you stay healthy throughout your pregnancy. For instance, you’ll want to take care to avoid foods that could put you at a higher risk of foodborne illnesses that could affect your baby. These foods include hot dogs, deli meats, soft cheeses, smoked salmon, and anything that contains unpasteurized milk. You should also be careful to wash your hands before and after handling food, to wash all fruits and vegetables before eating them, and to keep raw meat out of contact with the other foods you eat. Make sure all food is cooked to the appropriate temperatures, and refrigerate uneaten portions right away.

    If you are concerned about a misdiagnosis or possible medical error, contact the law firm of Pegalis & Erickson LLC in New York. For 45 years, we have advocated for people of all ages, in order to help our clients financially and make healthcare safer for everyone. You can reach us today by calling (516) 858-2194.

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  • How Cerebral Palsy Affects Nutritional Needs

    Cerebral palsy is a congenital disorder that affects a child’s mobility, muscle tone, and balance. It is linked to injury to the brain that occurs during, before, or immediately after being born. The repercussions of cerebral palsy usually affects many aspects of a child’s life, including their diet. Unfortunately, cerebral palsy can make it more difficult for a child to get the nutrition they need to stay healthy. Here’s what you need to know:

    Cerebral palsy can affect the ability to eat
    Having cerebral palsy can impact motor skills, which can make it a challenge to hold utensils or feed oneself. It can even make it difficult to chew or swallow food safely without choking. As a result, children who have cerebral palsy may be unable or reluctant to eat, and they may have difficulty learning to feed themselves without supervision. This can lead to lifelong problems with nutrition.

    Cerebral palsy can cause gastrointestinal problems
    Studies have shown that children who have cerebral palsy are more likely to develop gastrointestinal issues, including chronic stomach aches, diarrhea, constipation, and pain in the abdomen. This, in turn, can lead to difficulty keeping food down. Children who have these problems may find it hard to eat the kinds of foods they need in order to lead a healthy life, and they may experience related problems with weight gain. Often children who have cerebral palsy may need a G-tube which feeds supplemental nutrition directly into the stomach so that the child gets enough nutrients to grow.

    Children with cerebral palsy need the right nutrients
    Parents of children with cerebral palsy need to make sure that they are getting the proper nutrients in order to ensure that their bones stay strong and healthy. This means that they need to be getting plenty of vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorus. If you are concerned that your child is not gaining weight normally and/or not getting all of the appropriate nutrients, talk to your doctor right away.

    If you have questions about medical care or treatment, or a catastrophic injury, don’t delay in calling Pegalis & Erickson, LLC for a no-fee consultation!  We obtain justice for our clients after hospitals, doctors, construction companies, and drivers commit preventable errors that cause harm. Reach us at (516) 858-2194.

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  • What Are the Risks of Vacuum Assisted Deliveries?

    For the most part, pregnancy and childbirth are natural processes. In some cases, however, mother and baby face risks, whether during the pregnancy or during labor. When there are complications, and the danger becomes too great, doctors often feel they must intervene to promote a positive outcome. When the intervention involves a vacuum assisted delivery however, there are significant risks involved.

    * Why do doctors use vacuums? Sometimes at the end of a difficult labor, the doctor decides to help the process along using vacuum extraction if the mother or baby is in distress.

    * How does the process work? Once the baby is low enough in the birth canal to be delivered, a vacuum cup is placed on the baby’s head, with suction applied so the cup doesn’t fall off. When the mother has another contraction, the mother pushes while the doctor pulls the baby using the vacuum cup.

    * What risks does a patient face with a vacuum extraction? Vacuum extraction poses risks for the baby. Some of these are relatively minor complications like scalp lacerations or bleeding in the space under the fibrous portion of the skull bone. These typically clear up on their own, though the bleeding, called cephalohematoma, can sometimes require surgery. More serious complications include subgaleal hematoma, which is more serious bleeding below the scalp and can be life-threatening if a significant amount of blood is lost, or intracranial hemorrhage, which is bleeding under the skull that can lead to severe brain injury. There’s also a risk of skull fracture.

    * What’s the responsibility of the doctor when choosing to use vacuum extraction? With all these risks, it’s clear that this intervention should only be used when absolutely necessary, and with informed consent from the mother. Often, there are signs and symptoms long before delivery, which should alert the medical care providers that it will be a difficult delivery. A discussion should be had with the mother about the option of a caesarian delivery, so as to avoid the potential risks associated with the use of a vacuum. Medical providers must inform patients of all the associated risks, and use this procedure only when it’s necessary and provided with the utmost competence.

    If you or your baby suffered an injury during an assisted delivery, it may be time to contact a medical malpractice attorney. Pegalis & Erickson, LLC is here to help you, providing capable legal representation in the areas of New York. If you have questions about medical care or treatment, or a catastrophic injury, don’t delay in calling Pegalis & Erickson, LLC for a no-fee consultation! We obtain justice for our clients after hospitals, doctors, construction companies, and drivers commit preventable errors that cause harm. Reach us at (516) 858-2194.

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  • The Magnitude of Handwashing

    Regular handwashing is the most important thing you can do to help prevent the spread of dangerous bacteria and viruses. Handwashing is particularly critical in a medical environment, where patients may be at increased risk of infection. Here is what you need to know about the value of handwashing.

    Handwashing can protect patients from infection
    Medical facilities, by their nature, expose patients to the risk of illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of one out of 25 hospital patients per day will come down with a hospital-related infection. Healthcare professionals can help to protect their patients by being diligent about following proper handwashing protocol.

    Handwashing should happen before and after contact with patients
    Most people wash their hands after using the bathroom and before handling food. For healthcare professionals, however, handwashing needs to happen both before and after they come into direct contact with any patients they are providing care for. Otherwise, there is a serious risk that they will spread contaminants from one patient to the next, resulting in avoidable illness or infection.

    Proper handwashing is effective handwashing
    In order to effectively remove germs from the hands, handwashing in a medical environment needs to be done carefully and thoroughly. Simply rinsing off your hands with water is not sufficient. In order to wash your hands effectively, you should start by rinsing your hands with clean water, lathering them with soap, scrubbing for at least 20 full seconds, and then completely rinsing them off.

    If you have questions about medical care or treatment, or a catastrophic injury, don’t delay in calling Pegalis & Erickson, LLC for a no-fee consultation!  We obtain justice for our clients after hospitals, doctors, construction companies, and drivers commit preventable errors that cause harm. Reach us at (516) 858-2194.

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  • What to Expect from a Legal Case Review

    If you believe that you have been affected by medical malpractice, your first step should be to contact a lawyer so that your case can be reviewed. When you meet with your lawyer, you’ll need to provide them with all of the information they need to evaluate the merits of your legal claim. Bring medical records and any other pertinent information that you have about your case. Be ready to answer questions honestly and directly. If you don’t remember something exactly or are fuzzy on the details, you can be up-front about that. The more forthcoming you are, the more useful your case review will be.

    If you are concerned about a misdiagnosis or possible medical error, contact the law firm of Pegalis & Erickson LLC in New York. For 45 years, we have advocated for people of all ages, in order to help our clients financially and make healthcare safer for everyone. You can reach us today by calling (516) 858-2194.

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  • The Importance of Health Diaries for Proactive Patients

    As a patient, it’s essential for you to be as proactive as possible when it comes to your health. After all, you will be able to monitor your own health better than anybody else will. One of the most important actions you can take is to keep a regular health diary. These are some of the benefits of keeping up with your health diary:

    It will provide you with a guide to your symptoms.
    Regardless of what type of health issue you are dealing with, having a health diary will allow you to keep track of your symptoms. When you have a health diary, you can make a note of when you experienced your symptoms, how long they lasted, and how severe they were. As you track these changes over time, it can help you get a better perspective on your health. It can help your doctor with a proper diagnosis and plan of care.

    It will help you have meaningful discussions with your physician.
    When many patients visit their healthcare providers, they have trouble being specific in terms of the symptoms they have experienced. Keeping a regular health diary allows you to access that information whenever you need to so that you can get better and more appropriate care from your physician.

    It will provide you with a record of your health issues.
    Most importantly, a health diary provides you with an ongoing record of the status of your health. It can provide valuable information to your loved ones should you be in need of care and treatment, and unable to communicate on your own.

    If you are concerned about a misdiagnosis or possible medical error, contact the law firm of Pegalis & Erickson LLC in New York. For 46 years, we have advocated for people of all ages, in order to help our clients financially and make healthcare safer for everyone. You can reach us today by calling (516) 858-2194.

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  • Understanding Lawsuit Time Limits

    If you have been harmed by substandard care that was provided to you by a medical professional, you may be wondering how long you have to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases differs from state to state. In the state of New York, generally, a medical malpractice claim must be filed within two and a half years from the time that the negligent action took place.  However, there are many variables as to what the actual time limit is based on the types of health care providers. It is often confusing for the layperson. To be safe, speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as you suspect medical negligence may have occurred.

    If you are concerned about a misdiagnosis or possible medical error, contact the law firm of Pegalis & Erickson LLC in New York. For 46 years, we have advocated for people of all ages, in order to help our clients financially and make healthcare safer for everyone. You can reach us today by calling (516) 858-2194.

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  • Spotlight on Medication Errors

    It would be hard to overstate the importance of avoiding medication errors. If a patient does not take the proper dosage of a medication or is given the wrong prescription, it can have serious consequences for his or her health and possibly their life. It’s always a good time to check that you know all of the important information you should about any medications you are taking. Here’s how you can help prevent medication errors:

    Get instructions from your physician.
    It’s important to get thorough instructions from your physician or your pharmacist on how to take your medication. You should know what dosage you should be taking, when to take it, and how many days you should be taking it for. If anything is unclear to you, be sure to ask for clarification.

    Ask about drug interactions.
    Your physician should be made aware of any other medications you are taking, so that you will not be prescribed a drug that may have a dangerous interaction. Make sure that you also know about any possible side effects the medication may have, and whether it interacts negatively with any foods, such as juices or alcohol.

    Make sure you know the medication name.
    Confusing one medication with another is a common mistake, and it can be an extremely serious one. Many medications have names that sound similar, so it’s important to make sure that you know both the generic name and the brand name of the medication you are taking.

    If you are concerned about a misdiagnosis or possible medical error, contact the law firm of Pegalis & Erickson LLC in New York. For 46 years, we have advocated for people of all ages, in order to help our clients financially and make healthcare safer for everyone. You can reach us today by calling (516) 858-2194.

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  • Knowing the Symptoms of Diabetes

    If you have diabetes, it’s important that you are made aware of it as soon as possible so that you can take steps to protect your health. Diabetes has a number of warning signs that you should be alert to, including increased hunger and thirst, a constantly dry mouth, and an unusually persistent need to urinate. Other common symptoms of diabetes include chronic fatigue, sudden weight loss, and severe headaches. You may also experience blurred vision. If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, you should talk to your physician as soon as possible.

    If you are concerned about a misdiagnosis or possible medical error, contact the law firm of Pegalis & Erickson LLC in New York. For 45 years, we have advocated for people of all ages, in order to help our clients financially and make healthcare safer for everyone. You can reach us today by calling (516) 858-2194.

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