Why Annual Eye Exams Can Improve Heart Health

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eyeThis article is courtesy of PRWeb, please leave your comments below. Although it discusses February as Heart month in the article, it still has some great tips…..

Many people may not be aware that an eye exam could prevent a future heart event or know that vision health is linked to cardiovascular health. During American Heart Month, Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center shares why scheduling regular eye exams may also improve heart health.

“A trip to the eye doctor can identify other diseases before symptoms appear,” says Dr. Shofner. Some health conditions can also cause vision loss when not addressed timely. During an eye exam, an optometrist or ophthalmologist thoroughly examines the retina and can view small changes in the blood vessels in the back of the eye.

Changes in the eye’s blood vessels can indicate more serious systemic diseases such as hypertension (high blood pressure). Hypertension affects over 65 million Americans and many don’t even know they have it. “This disease doesn’t always show symptoms,” says Dr. Shofner.

The more advanced digital retinal imaging allows an eye doctor to quickly and painlessly detect and monitor blood flow in the retina. Ongoing research is proving that these changes in the retina can predict cardiovascular disease. This includes predicting one’s risk of having a stroke, high blood pressure or even a heart attack. Prevention is key to maintaining both vision health and heart health.

Vision Changes
“Anyone that experiences vision changes and has not had an eye exam in over a year should schedule an appointment with their local vision center,“ says Dr. Shofner. In some cases, hypertensive retinopathy can cause vision loss from retinal veins becoming obstructed.

Researchers continue to confirm that certain risk factors such as smoking, obesity and high cholesterol levels can increase cardiovascular disease and put one’s vision at risk. Exercising, refraining from smoke (includes second hand smoke), maintaining a healthy weight and eating a heart healthy diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3s will help improve vision and heart health. It’s always recommended that patients consult with their primary care physician before starting an exercise program or taking nutritional supplements.

Many people may not be aware that an eye exam could prevent a future heart event.

American Heart Month
The CDC reports heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. Supporting American Heart Month could positively impact lives. Shofner Vision Center along with other leading health professionals encourages Americans to visit the Million Hearts® website to find tools that can assist with making heart-healthy goals that last a lifetime.

About Dr. Shofner
Recognized by his peers as one of the most outstanding Board Certified Ophthalmologist in the United States, Dr. Stewart Shofner has performed over 30,000 LASIK procedures and 10,000 ocular surgeries and his business continues to grow…mostly from patient referrals. Dr. Shofner has outstanding credentials to deliver the best care and surgical outcomes for patients.

About Shofner Vision Center
Shofner Vision Center provides comprehensive vision care services including LASIK/PRK vision correction, cataract surgery and eye disease diagnosis and treatment. Shofner Vision Center utilizes the most advanced, proven technology to deliver the best solutions safely and reliably. Patients can schedule appointments online or call 615-340-4733.

Millions Of Children Set To Exercise Simultaneously In The 28th Annual Project ACES Event

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kidsexercisevectorOn May 4th, millions of children from all over the world will be fighting childhood obesity, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes by exercising simultaneously in the award winning Project ACES event.

Since its inception 1989, Project ACES has been one of the most successful programs specifically designed to motivate children to exercise. This spring, the program will mark the 28th anniversary of a unique worldwide event known as the “world largest exercise class” by the media. Project ACES is the signature program of the nonprofit Youth Fitness Coalition.

On May 4th, 2016, millions of children from all 50 states and 50 countries are going to exercise in unison to promote world peace, unity, nutrition, health and fitness. Project ACES aims to educate children on the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. The program has received recognition from many organizations including The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN), and The American College Of Sports Medicine.

The program was created by physical education teacher, Len Saunders of New Jersey who provides an exclusive comment about the event stating, “If I can get one child out of the millions who participate to exercise on a daily basis, the event is a huge success.”  Currently, the program is organized by Len and HJ Saunders, President of the Youth Fitness Coalition.

Since its start, millions of children from all over the world have exercised together to promote proper health and fitness habits. With the obesity epidemic facing the youth of the world, children’s fitness plays a major role in fighting the number one preventable killer in the United States, heart disease. Project ACES hopes to address these issues with its big event each May, as well as schools that participate in daily Project ACES Clubs throughout the year while promoting a healthier lifestyle for children and their families.

Heart disease is still the number one killer in the United States, and Project ACES is working every year to fight this preventable disease. Those interested in registering for the event or wish to show their support are encouraged to visit ProjectACES.com for more information.

To sign up, click here.

Seasonal Allergies – The Annual Anomaly

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By Michael Ravitsky

dandelionFor most people, the turn of Spring is a wonderful time of year – the cold ebbs into the distance while tree leaves and flowers bloom anew. Unfortunately for millions of Americans, Spring also means a runny nose, sneezing, and congestion. Those who experience seasonal allergies – such as allergic rhinitis – have gotten accustomed to the inevitable discomfort. However, have you ever stopped and wondered, why? Why do I get these symptoms, but not my brother? We will take a look at the science behind seasonal allergies and why only some people get them despite being exposed to the same substances as everyone else.

Over one-third of children and around one-fourth of adults experience allergies. These numbers appear to be increasing over time. However, except for the idea that genetics may have some influence on susceptibility to allergies, the scientific community has been unable to pinpoint exactly what causes allergies and why people as a whole are experiencing more allergies. One idea is that our environments are becoming increasingly polluted, what with motor vehicles, cooking fumes, and miscellaneous industrial fumes becoming increasingly prevalent both within our homes and outside. This in turn is making our immune systems more sensitive and reactionary to foreign particulates.

Over one-third of children and around one-fourth of adults experience allergies.

Allergies are actually your immune system making a complicated mistake; when certain particles enter the body, some people react to them as though the substances are malicious pathogens – harmful or infectious microorganisms. Your immune system produces an antibody called IgE, which adheres to Mast cells. These cells contain a chemical called Histamine, which induces the inflammatory response in your body – this is your body’s chemical reaction to pathogens and irritants.
(On a side note, this is why allergy medicines are called antihistamines)

Under normal bodily function, this reaction occurs in response to viruses, bacteria, parasitic fungi, and other harmful organisms. The aforementioned mistake is this: for many people, relatively harmless substances will induce this same response. Examples include dust particles, pet dander, and pollen. In reality, none of these substances poses a serious biological threat to our systems; unfortunately, our bodies don’t realize this. For reasons unknown, pollen is particularly prolific in this physiological charade, which is why Spring causes millions of sneezes and watery eyes.

Pollen is a relatively fine powder containing the male sex-cell-producing organs of seed plants (gametophytes). The blooming of so much life comes at a cost to sufferers of seasonal allergies; every Spring, millions of trees release enormous amounts of pollen in attempt to reproduce. Certain grasses and weeds pollinate at different times of the year, which is why people particularly sensitive to pollen will continue to experience symptoms even long after Spring passes. For most people, though, it is Spring that brings about this annual anomaly.

– Submitted by Guest Author, Michael Ravitsky of factorypure.com.