6 Tips For Caring For Your Child With POTS Syndrome

Abby Drexler a contributing writer and media specialist for POTS Care who  regularly produces content for a variety of health and wellness blogs shared with Healthy Lombard the following information about POTS.

What Is Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome?  Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome is a condition that affects the human body’s circulatory system, including the blood vessels and heart. Patients refer to this condition as POTS syndrome, and it primarily affects females from the age of 15 to 50. However, it is possible for children to have POTS syndrome, and if a child has this condition, then their parents must understand how to manage the symptoms.


What Are the Symptoms Of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome?

This circulatory problem manifests with an assortment of symptoms that include:

  • Light-headedness while standing
  • Rapid heartbeat at various times
  • Intermittent fainting episodes
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Overall weakness
  • Blurry vision

In children, this condition might begin after a viral illness or surgery, and it is often combined with other medical issues such as chronic headaches or irritable bowel disease. Diagnosing POTS in children is difficult because the symptoms are similar to the ones in other conditions such as anemia, hyperthyroidism or dehydration.


What Causes Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome?

The cause of POTS varies but can include these factors:

  • Decrease in blood flow to the heart
  • An unusually low blood volume
  • An increase in heart rate to compensate for a low blood volume
  • Constriction of the blood vessels
  • Problems with neuropathy
  • Chronic fatigue following an illness

Children with autoimmune disorders, diabetes mellitus or a gastrointestinal condition are more likely to have POTS as a secondary condition.

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Be careful out there!

Edeards-Elmhursh Health asked, “When you picture dangerous winter activities, do you think of skiing or maybe snowboarding?” You may be surprised that, on average, only 38 Americans are killed each year in skiing and snowboarding accidents combined, compared to 100 deaths in the U.S. related to shoveling snow.

Yes, there are probably a lot more shovelers than skiers, but consider this other statistic for just one metro area: During the winter of 2014-15, CBS News reported that 18 people died in incidents related to shoveling snow in the Chicago area, and that was only through Feb. 15. Ages of the victims ranged from the 40s to 75.

How can shoveling be so dangerous? Think of a primarily sedentary 50-year-old man gulping down his coffee so he can go out on a cold morning to move hundreds of pounds of snow before he has to leave for work. He’s putting a lot of strain on his upper body in particular, in an aerobic activity that’s more strenuous than many sports. And he’s doing this while inhaling cold air.

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Want to improve your health in 2018? Follow this advice

Over the next couple weeks many of you will find yourselves reflecting on this past year as well as looking ahead to 2018.

Joshua Steckler, owner of Push Fitness, a personal training studio located in Schaumburg specializing in weight loss, muscle toning, and nutrition shared that chances are, personal health will be on your mind, and once the holiday season is over, many will set New Year’s Resolutions focused on getting into better shape.

If you set out to become healthier in 2018, be mindful of the following advice. It’s not your typical “must do” tips, but plays an important role in losing weight and keeping it off.

Take responsibility

If you’re not happy with your weight or current state of health, take responsibility and admit that you have not been doing your part.

Don’t blame lack of time, the abundance of junk food, or depleted motivation. No one has more control over your actions than you do.

Take responsibility for the poor choices you’ve made in the past that got you into your current state of health, and then work to fix those problems.

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Nonsurgical knee pain relief available locally

Dr Gregory Castello, a Board Certified physician for over 20 years, now offers an FDA approved, safe, effective, non surgical treatment in his new Joliet location. It utilizes a Hyaluronic acid gel lubricant injected into the knee that replaces the natural lubrication that is lost in the knee as we age.

This has been known as rooster comb injections, because the Hyaluronic acid gel also can be found in rooster combs, and makes up the ingredient in Hyalgen injections. Synthetic versions of this also exist for injection.

The procedure is done by Dr Castello, right in the office. He utilizes xray equipment to direct the injection safely into the knee joint space. The patient experiences immediate pain relief, and leaves the office feeling better.

In the United States, there are 70,000 knee replacements performed every year. The average cost of a knee replacement is $49,500. Dr Castello reminds us that 2% of surgeries have serious complications and 1 in 400 people die in the first 30 days of surgery from complications. About 5-10% of people are not happy with their knee replacement. Over 100,000 people are hospilized from bleeding due to NSAID pain medications like Ibuprofen and 15,000 a year die from chronic NSAID use

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How to keep your New Year’s resolutions

resolutionsGinny Grimsley shared in a Daily Herald article that if you’re one of the millions of Americans who will make a promise to improve yourself this New Year, there’s bad news: You’re 92 percent likely to fail in sticking to your resolutions, says a recent study from the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology.

About 45 percent of Americans make resolutions. Ranking at the top is losing weight, and staying fit and healthy ranks No. 5.

“Of course, those statistics represent the average – you don’t have to be average,” says Dr. Virender Sodhi, founder of the Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Medical Clinic. “There are plenty of things individuals can do to improve their odds of success if they resolve to become healthier and fitter.”

Dr. Sodhi, author of the new guide, “Ayurvedic Herbs: The Comprehensive Resource for Ayurvedic Healing Solutions,” believes we can move much closer to a world of disease-free societies by following the laws of Mother Nature. Individual commitment to health via New Year’s resolutions is one path to take us there. Dr. Sodhi offers five tips for staying true to your goals.

• Get away from the instant-gratification mentality and avoid unrealistic goals. Don’t expect to go from zero to 60 — 60 being your ideal body image — in just a few months, especially if you have little background in training. Unfortunately, most who have resolutions like losing plenty of weight and quitting smoking are used to easy snack foods and quick rewards. Health is a long-term labor of love; commit to the love and wait for results.

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Of Course Happy Is Healthy: What You should Know about Mood and Health

wellness-bannerAngela Metcalf, College of DuPage Nursing Student, shares that we have known for some time that dark moods like depression and anxiety may contribute to conditions like heart disease or cancer. However, research has recently identified a connection between a positive mood and wellness and this information was published in the January edition of the journal Emotion. Recently the positive reaction of awe was found to have the most resounding effect based on the research.

The research was conducted at the University of California- Berkeley where researchers included 94 students and collected a substance known of as IL-6 by using swabs to obtain saliva samples. IL-6 is a chemical that is produced in the body when dark or bad moods are present; when an individual has a positive mood, the chemical is at lower level. The researchers believe it is possible that IL-6 may be a contributing factor to conditions like heart disease and cancers.

So, the message from the researchers is, ‘Get Happy!’ The more positive emotions in your life the less IL-6 that released which is linked to bad moods.

Researchers recommend engaging in activities that will promote positive emotions such as:

  • Take a walk/run outside
  • Reminisce with a family member or friend
  • Spend more time with spouse/children/family/friends
  • Spend a night out with family/friends
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Exercising often
  • Spend time with individual who facilitate positive emotions and limit time spent with persons who bring about negativity when possible


3 Ways You’re Risking Your Health When You Rewear Your Workout Gear

POPSUGAR shared that you might want to think twice before putting on that dirty sports bra for a next-day workout. Of course, sometimes you’re in a bind for time and you grab what’s most convenient. But if you start regularly wearing the same, unwashed clothes for days or weeks at a time, it can really put your health at risk. (And you’ll probably start to smell, too.)

The same rules apply for lounging around in sweaty gymwear. If you’re meeting friends for happy hour after exercising, you’ll need to change, stat. (And, to note, you’ll also probably be a whole lot more comfortable in dry clothes.)

Here, we got a few experts to explain why you should really be doing that extra load of laundry. (And here’s how to wash workout clothes the right way.)

You Could Get a Yeast Infection

Yikes. Because dirty workout clothes create germs that breed bacteria and live on clothing until washed, it can lead to a yeast infection, board-certified OB/GYN Dr. Peyman Banooni, MD, tells POPSUGAR. And if the clothing is restricting or made with synthetic fabrics, it might be even worse, as bacteria like moist, tight spaces, he says. (If you do get a yeast infection, here’s how to treat it.)

A tip? Use cotton clothing for workouts (it breathes better). “Synthetic material workout clothes tend to harbor the worst of the bacteria, harboring sweat and quickly multiplying. While cotton does retain bacteria that quickly multiplies, it tends to be mostly harmless,” Dr. Faisal Tawwab tells POPSUGAR.

And be prepared after leaving that HIIT class. “I recommend taking an extra set of clothes with you to the gym and changing immediately after your workout. If possible, showering after will also help to reduce the risk of an infection,” Banooni says.

When washing your clothes, use hot water to really get those germs out, he adds. Read more

Health Tips: Making the Time For Exercise

Jordan Klee, the brains behind a site called Beautifully Alive shared that we are a healthy lifestyle/beauty website for both men and women.who  oversees a in today’s world, it can be hard for women to make the time to stay fit. With a million other expectations and tasks to complete in a day, spending time on your own fitness may be the first to get cut from your schedule. Taking care of your body as well as your skin can help you live an all around healthier lifestyle. But, I am here to tell you that your health and fitness should be the last to get the ax out of your busy schedule. By keeping yourself healthy, you will be a better spouse, friend, mother, co-worker, pet owner and the list goes on Let’s talk about how to fit exercise into your busy schedule.

Schedule Exercise In
With important dates like dental appointments, kid’s soccer matches, get-togethers, work commitments and the list goes on, you most likely schedule it in. Why? Because it’s important and you want to commit to the event. The same should hold true for your daily workout. Schedule it in. Don’t miss it. Many women find that morning works best before unforeseen activities arise in the day. Whatever time works best, make it your time and schedule it in and don’t miss your exercise appointment.


Set A Goal
Setting a fitness goal can make working towards a healthier you, a reality. Whether it’s lifting a new record on the bench press, running a race in a certain time, losing weight and inches, or lowering your pulse, pick a goal. Write that sucker down and go for it. If losing weight is a goal, make sure to calculate inches and your weight along with taking before photos. When you start seeing results, it will make you more motivated to continue towards your goal. Losing weight is no different than anything else that takes practice. You need to set an achievable goal just like you would with learning an new piece of music or a new skill like painting.

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It’s Not All About Weight Loss – How to Get the Body Shape That You Want

Melissa Lobo   is a young and energetic writer, a mom to a sweet little boy, and a fur-mom to two perfect pooches. Before becoming the Associate Content Director for Project Female, she was a journalist specializing in topics related to women in politics and policy affecting women. Today she is sharing an article she wrote just for the Healthy Lombard blog:

Bodies come in different shapes. Some have it lucky and do not need the additional advantages that taking a breast pill or other supplements can provide. Others have to make do with what they have been born with. Luckily, there are a few ways that are available for us so that we can still achieve the look we want for ourselves.

One of the most tried-and-tested methods that we can turn to is weight loss. If you have an apple-shaped body, for instance, and you would like to look more slender, losing a few pounds off your midsection can do a lot. This is because fat distribution plays a huge role in how we look. If your body typically stores fat around your tummy, keeping your weight in check may help restrict the appearance of a rotund stomach.

In addition, weight loss can help you direct focus to areas in your body that you do want to accentuate. If you have broad shoulders and narrow hips and you want to lessen the width of your shoulders, weight loss can help in making it look like the weight is evenly distributed.

The thing, though, is that weight loss is not the only option that you have, if you want to hack your body shape and look exactly how you prefer. There are two other key things that you can try to make that possible.

Doing the Right Exercises For Your Desired Body Shape

 Exercise is the answer to many things, and in the case of getting the body shape that you want, it is also a reasonable solution. This is because consistent and continuous training can help whip your body into better shape. But if you want to achieve a certain shape, there should be specific focus on doing the kind of exercises that will help you achieve just that.

For example, if you have narrow shoulders and hips and you would like to add more definition to your hips, doing exercises that target that specific area is recommended. Why? If you train in such a way that the same muscles are used, those muscles will increase in mass and become more noticeable over time. The longer you go through your training, better the visible results are bound to be. Similarly, if you want to tone your abdominal muscles so that you can get a narrower waist, core exercises are your best bet.

Now, it is important to remember that you must have dedication while exercising, if you want to make the most out of your training. Remember that results will not come easy nor fast, and you need to put in the work and effort required to manifest the outcome that you desire. Be prepared to commit to at least three thirty-minute sessions a week.

Also, while exercising, change up your pace or routines every so often. The human body will experience a plateau after a period of repetitive activity, and achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself may get tougher. When you experience this, ask for a different training program that can still work the areas that you need.
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All or Nothing Holiday Healthy Eating

Nancy Nance,Nnance@comcast.netwww.nancynance.com Healthy Lombard Board Member and Certified Personal Trainer, Women and Fitness Specialist shared that at this time of year, she starts to hear people say they plan to wait until the beginning of the year to start eating better and starting an exercise program.

While she understands it’s a busy time of year and there are a lot of special foods that we eat this time of year, you have to wonder,  we really need to wait to start a healthier lifestyle? No, and here are some reasons why.

We still have several weeks before the end of the year and great progress can be made in those few weeks. You will be 85% more successful if you start now and not wait until the new year. The average American gains 7-9 pounds between Halloween and New Year’s. You can avoid that weight gain and go into the new year with a head start on your resolutions.

You can navigate the holidays and still eat well. Plan healthy meals, knowing that there will be days that you will be tempted with holiday cookies or special meals. If you can eat healthy most of the time, you can indulge on those special occasions.

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