Learn the Basics on Congenital Heart Defects

Since Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love, it only makes sense that the week leading up to the day is Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week.

We’ve written extensively about heart disease in general — from the basics to prevention to heart healthy foods — but never more specifically about congenital heart defects. Since they are the most common form of birth defects, affecting 40,000 babies in the US annually, it’s important that people know about congenital heart defects.

Today, we’re providing basic information on congenital heart defects, including prevention.

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Know Your Numbers This New Year With Basic Lab Tests

Happy New Year from ARCpoint Labs!

2015 is officially upon us, and if you’ve made resolutions, you may be among the 1/3 of people who have made weight loss, fitness, or health a priority.

We encourage a healthy diet and exercise at ARCpoint Labs, but know that sometimes, making goals to “work out more” and “eat better” doesn’t work if you don’t have benchmarks to measure your success.

Here’s why you should use basic lab tests to know your numbers this new year — and which lab tests are necessary for your health resolutions!

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Give Thanks For Your Health

Around Thanksgiving, people take time to show appreciation for individuals who have touched their lives in some way. From close family members and friends to old teachers and civic leaders, people share their gratitude through words and gestures.

One thing people often forget to give thanks for in this time, though, is their own health. While your health may not be such an obvious thing to give thanks for this holiday, it is an ever-present, vital part of your life, and you should make sure you pay attention to your wellness not only this season, but throughout the year.

Today, we’re sharing the key ways to give thanks for your health.

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Can You Prevent Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s disease may not receive the attention that other illnesses do, but it’s an affliction faced by almost 5.2 million Americans every year, and the number is only expected to rise as baby boomers grow older. Experts estimate that the number of adults 65+ with Alzheimer’s may triple by 2050 unless more effective medical treatments, cures, or preventative measures are discovered.

This Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, ARCpoint Labs is sharing all about Alzheimer’s — including how you can lower your chances of developing the disease.

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Where to Start After an HIV Positive Diagnosis

While most people recognize the importance of regular HIV testing, it’s likely that many never consider what to do when the worst occurs and an HIV positive diagnosis is given.

As with other potentially fatal diseases, when someone learns they are HIV positive, they can often experience shock, disbelief, grief, fear, anger, or a combination of all these emotions.

However difficult it may be, the days after your HIV positive diagnosis should not be stalled by inaction. You need to move forward and give yourself the best foundation for living with your disease.

Read on to learn what to do after you learn you are HIV positive.

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First Ebola Diagnosis in the United States Raises Concern

ebolaAfter being sent home from the hospital two days before, Liberian national Eric Duncan returned to the hospital in critical care on Tuesday, September 30th. Upon arrival, American health officials identified this incident as the first-ever case of Ebola in the United States — something Americans should take very seriously.

What Happened

On September 30th, Eric Duncan, who was then in critical condition, was rushed to a Dallas hospital by ambulance. Upon arrival, the man was diagnosed with Ebola. What’s most concerning about this situation? Days before, the man was sent home from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas after he had disclosed his recent visit to Liberia with the hospital’s health officials. Not only was this vital information not shared with the appropriate hospital officials, but the infected man was sent home with what health professionals considered to be a mild viral infection.

As a result of this tragic error in judgment, this man is now in critical but stable condition, while being treated for Ebola. Furthermore, approximately 100 people who may have been potentially exposed to the infected man are now under close observation for any signs of the deadly virus.

Why is Ebola Serious?

Ebola is a serious virus that has already taken the lives of approximately 3,000 West African citizens. When people are diagnosed, they are already exhibiting the symptoms. What makes Ebola especially dangerous is the fact that symptoms progress in severity rapidly, often resulting in death.

Symptoms of Ebola:

  • Fever
  • Intense gastrointestinal complications – diarrhea and vomiting
  • Muscular pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Unexplained bruising and bleeding

Protect Your Health

Although Ebola is not airborne and is only transmitted through contact with the bodily fluids — blood and saliva — of an infected person, it is still contagious. If you are exhibiting signs of Ebola or have been in contact with an infected person, seek medical treatment immediately. Interested in learning more about the condition of your immune system and overall health?

Find an ARCpoint Labs location near you to discover more about our titers test that can help analyze the level of antibodies in your system.

Women: Be Aware of These Health Issues

September is a popular month for awareness campaigns, and many of them are related to female health.

In honor of Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month, Menopause Awareness Month, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month, ARCpoint Labs is covering the basics on these conditions.

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Learn the Basics on Cholesterol

September is officially Cholesterol Education Month.

In honor of this designation, ARCpoint Labs is sharing the basics on cholesterol, including the difference between LDL and HDL cholesterol and what you can do to lower your cholesterol levels to a healthy range.

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Staying Safe and Healthy this Fourth of July

The long Fourth of July weekend is almost here! Many people are planning parties with friends and family. While a summer weekend full of fireworks, picnics, and swimming sounds ideal, there can be major safety drawbacks.

Today, let’s look at ways you can keep yourself and your family safe over the long holiday weekend.

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Men: How to Monitor Your Health

For many men, thoughts about wellness only arise when symptoms and problems appear and necessitate a trip to the doctor. Unfortunately, by that point some health issues have progressed further than they should have, leading to more lasting damage.

With Men’s Health Week winding down soon, we’re sharing some ways that men can monitor their own health on a regular basis.

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