Chronic Illnesses

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A chronic illness is a human health condition or disease that is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects or a disease that comes with time. The term chronic is usually applied when the course of the disease lasts for more than three months. Common chronic illnesses include arthritis, asthma, cancer, COPD, diabetes and viral diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS. In medicine, the opposite of chronic is acute. A chronic course is further distinguished from a recurrent course; recurrent diseases relapse repeatedly, with periods of remission in between.

Cholesterol

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Cholesterol isn’t all bad.

We all have and need this waxy, fat-like substance in our bodies. Our bodies make all the cholesterol we need. It is needed to make hormones, Vitamin D, and other substances that help with digestion. However; 1 out of 6 American adults have high cholesterol. Cholesterol travels through your blood and can build up in your arteries, causing problems. It is one of the major risk factors leading heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

Cholesterol travels through the blood in little “packages” called lipoproteins. There a 2 kinds of lipoproteins: low density lipoproteins (LDL) and high density lipoproteins (HDL). We need healthy levels of both LDL and HDL, but when our levels are out of sync, this can lead to high cholesterol and cause problems. LDL is often referred to as “bad” cholesterol. High levels of this type of lipoprotein lead to a

Stress Management

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Stress can come from a wide variety of source… our jobs, family obligations, finances and so on.

Usually these stressors are short term (acute) and once we deal with the stressful situation, we move on. There is even a type of stress that is considered “good” stress – that which makes us feel vital and alive. This type of stress (called eustress) is experienced when we are doing things like competing in a race, or rushing against a deadline. Usually the stress passes, and there is little effect on our overall health and wellbeing. However, we may find ourselves under “chronic” stress when these situations go on long term without relief. These stressors can come from the above sources when there is no relief from the stress, and often feel inescapable and never-ending. Dealing with a long term difficult relationship, facing a chronic illness, or having a very taxing job can a

Anxiety

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It’s tough to be productive in your daily life when anxiety and worry are dominating your thoughts.

But what can you do? If you’re like many chronic worriers, your anxious thoughts feel uncontrollable.

Anxiety is a feeling of concern or worry and includes increased alertness or awareness in a person. It can be mild, moderate or severe. Very severe anxiety can lead to a state of panic.

Mild to moderate anxiety is a normal part of living and can even be helpful when we must focus on something urgent or important. When it becomes a long-term condition, or becomes severe, the person becomes overly focused on specific details and can’t think of anything else. Most of the individual’s behavior is directed toward relieving their anxiousness.

National Healthcare Decisions Day – Advance Care Planning

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National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16, 2016.

CompassionCare Hospice is supporting National Healthcare Decisions Day to inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. Advance care planning is a way to plan ahead for your medical care in case you cannot make your wishes known. All adults can benefit from thinking about what their healthcare choices would be if they are unable to speak for themselves.

Celebration Of Life Memorial Las Vegas, Nevada – 2016

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CompassionCare Hospice Would Like To Thank Everyone That Attended

We want to start off by saying thank you to all involved for making Saturday great. CompassionCare Annual Memorial Service: Celebration of Life was Saturday April 9, 2016 at 10 A.M. The memorial service was beautiful to say the least. We were able to pay respect to so many. We had a video montage at the service. The video montage may have also included a message. Com

Cancer Control Month

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April is cancer control month.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Cancer control month highlights prevention, detection, ad treatment of cancer. Cancer is not one disease. There are many types of cancers. Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Being overweight or obese, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition are related to 1/3 of cancers cases detected. Tobacco and alcohol use also increase your risk. These factors are very controllable. Cancer knows no boundaries. Everyone is at risk of developing cancer. Though, age plays a big risk factor in developing cancer. More than 75 percent of the cases detected are in people over the age of 55. Over a lifetime, about 1 in 2 men in the United States will develop cancer, and about 1 in 3 women in the United States will develop cancer. Prevention and detection is your best chance against t