Take A Loved One To The Doctor Day

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What are some alternatives ways to lower blood pressure besides meds?

DR. HUNT: A good diet and at least 30 minutes to an hour of exercise daily will help, but sometimes you still need medicines. Talk to your doctor about it.

Can I ever get off high blood presure pills? I weight 140 and am 5″6′. I take nothing else.

DR. HUNT: You may be able to get off blood pressure medicines, but it depends on the cause. If there is a correctable cause, then correcting whatever that is will help. Diet and exercise changes always help. Often times, though, the vast majority of people with high blood pressure have essential hypertension and require at least one or two medicines. But diet and exercise helps a lot. Make sure you talk to your doctor about options.

I always have a lot of mucus in the back of my throat everyday. I used to smoke for 10 years, but I’ve stopped for a year. Should I worry?

DR. HUNT: This could be allergies or actually acid reflux. Talk to your physician because it can also be other things as well.

What is gangrene in the colon in a woman? How is it caused?

DR. HUNT: Gangrene is something thats dead, so if it’s in the colon, it means a dead colon. That’s caused by a lack of blood supply to that area.

How long should you be on birth control pills? Is eight years too long not to switch to another form of birth control?

DR. HUNT: People are on birth control for many different reasons – some for birth control, other times to control or regulate their periods – so its okay to stay on birth control for multiple years, as long as you don’t smoke! That increases your risk of a blood clot and stroke. Consult your physician about your specific needs and if you want to switch.

I’m a 38-year-old female with normal blood and thyroid levels. When I swallow, it feels like I have an obstruction in my throat. Should I be worried?

DR. HUNT: This could be a number of things, including acid reflux. You should speak with your doctor to talk about your symptom.

I’m having a crawling sensation from my neck to the back of my head. Am I sleeping wrong?

DR. HUNT: That crawling sensation in your back could just be dry skin, but it could also be a host of other things. You should bring it up to your doctor at your next visit.

My question is about facial twitching. I have uncontrollable, non-painful twitching by the left side of mouth and eye. Is this a sign of a stroke coming?

DR. HUNT: Facial twitching could be a nerve irritation, but it could also be something more serious. This is something you should talk to your doctor about very soon.

What could be the results of untreated sleep apnea?

DR. HUNT: Sleep apnea is an interest of mine. It can lead to high blood pressure, depression and anxiety and heart problems, just to name a few. If you have sleep apnea, it should be treated.

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