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Linking Vitamin D with Alzheimer’s

Not all vitamins and supplements are consistently beneficial. As we age, we tend to accumulate more and more prescriptions, and our relationship with our medications becomes one of avoidance and duty or fear— unless we’re somehow motivated to take the pill through positive results or actually feeling better.

Vitamin D has a good reputation when it comes to the heart, and now a new neurological study tells us that it’s also good for the head. 

In addition, having too much of any one supplement can have a negative impact on the body. Physicians always keep this delicate balance in mind when adding medications to their patients’ regimens. Vitamin D, however, seems to be able to consistently deliver positive results.

Vitamin D has a good reputation when it comes to the heart, and now new concentrations are associated with a significant decrease in the risk of all causes of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

We now know that Vitamin D seems to help the bones and the brain work better. Vitamin D level is typically checked through a serum blood test. It is very simple and relatively inexpensive.

As we approach more cloudy weather and spend more time indoors with family and friends, use this information wisely and ask your doctor to check you Vitamin D levels.   Request your appointment today!

 

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Best Of Contest: Please vote Family Medicine Healthcare Best Doctor/Health Care Provider

We are currently running in the Best Of Hampton Roads Contest, for best Doctor/Health Care Provider, Portsmouth, VA.  We’d love to have your vote.  You can vote for us via their website and via your cell phone using our text code.

Best of Contest Family Medicine Healthcare Best Doctor Porsmouth

To vote online please go to http://hamptonroads.com/bestof.  You will need to register if you have not already.  We are under  the Health/Services Category (Doctor/Health Care Provider)  for Portsmouth, Virginia.

To vote for us via text please dial 21333 and text AYFM.

Contest ends March 24th!

Thank you so much!  We work hard to earn your vote daily.

~Dr. Samir Abdelshaheed & Dr. Veronica Ortiz

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Don’t Let Heart Burn Become a Heart Attack

Thirty to forty percent of the US population suffer from GERD, otherwise know as reflux or heart burn. This, however, is considered a risk factor for heart disease and possibly heart attack.

Around 57 percent of individuals who have heart burn have had a heart attack within five years of being diagnosed with GERD.

Family Medicine Healthcare, Dr. Abdelshaheed, Portsmouth Chesapeake Family Doctor

Individuals who were treated were at much lower risks for heart attacks. Those who continue to be undiagnosed increased their risks of a major heart attack significantly.

What is GERD? Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease is a common digestive problem caused when acid from the stomach flows backwards into the esophagus. The lining of the stomach is made to handle the strong acids that break down food. The esophagus however, gets irritated when strong acid touches it. A muscle usually keeps the stomach acid from flowing back into the esophagus. With GERD, however, the muscle doesn’t close the right way, allowing acid from the stomach to get into the esophagus.

Some of the most common symptoms are too much saliva in the mouth, feeling like a lump in the back of the throat, ongoing cough, sore throat, and hoarse voice.

This condition is treated by avoiding foods that may make symptoms worse, such as acidic foods like tomatoes, citrus, alcohol, chocolate, and caffeinated drinks. Also, by avoiding large meals or eating anything three to four hours before going to bed, as well as not smoking.

Please schedule an appointment with us, 757-488-3333, if your condition evolves to these symptoms: blood in stools, chest pain, choking while eating, pain or difficulty swallowing, weight loss, or vomiting.

We are always here to help you live better, not just get better.

~Dr. Samir Abdelshaheed

 

 

 

 

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What is Fifth Disease?

Fifth disease typically produces a distinctive rash on a child’s face that makes the face appear slapped It is common in kids between 5 and 15 years old.  It is a virus, and many children recover quickly and without complications.  It occurs every where in the world, with outbreaks mainly in winter and early spring. The virus begins with a low grade fever, headache and mild cold like symptoms.  These symptoms will pass, and a few days later a rash will appear on the face that will later spread to the body extending down to the trunk, arms and legs.  It may take 1 to 3 weeks for the rash to completely clear.  Other symptoms that may occur with Fifth disease include swollen glands, red eyes, sore throat, diarrhea, and sometimes blisters from the rash.  In some cases relating to adults and older teens, Fifth disease may be followed by swelling or pain in hands, wrists, knees and ankles. A blood test for the virus would indicate if someone has the disease.

Fifth Disease - Slapped Face

*Photo courtesy of the CDC.

 

A person with Fifth disease is most contagious during the period where they have respiratory symptoms and a fever.  Once the rash appears, the child is no longer contagious. Once a person is infected with the virus causing Fifth disease, they will develop immunity to it and won’t become infected again.  If Fifth disease is developed during pregnancy, it may create complications to the fetus.  Nonetheless, 50% of women have already been infected and have immunity to the virus. Some children with weak immune systems and certain blood disorders, may become significantly sick with the infection that could cause anemia. This may cause the red blood cell levels to drop to dangerously low levels.  Please call your doctor if the rash is widespread over the body, accompanied by other symptoms, or if you’re pregnant and develop a rash and have been exposed to Fifth disease.

 

There is no vaccine for Fifth disease, and no good way to prevent the spread of the virus.  Practicing good hygiene, like hand-washing, is always good prevention against the spread of viruses.   Although antiviral medicines are now available for many viruses, none are available that will treat Fifth disease.

 

If you have questions about the prevention and treatment of Fifth disease, please call our office today at 757-488-3333.

~Dr. Samir Abdelshaheed, MD

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