Prevention is the focus of modern health care, says the Good Doctor
Years ago when you got sick there wasn’t much the doctor could do. The physician waited for the so-called crisis and aside from cool towels on the forehead, everyone waited for the temperature to break and the fever to drop to normal. If the fever continued, nothing else was available.
Today we have antibiotics, emergency rooms and ambulances. It would be very unusual if the doctor only applied cold compresses and did nothing else. In 2013, the age of specialists and medical options is part of the worldwide prevention and treatment of illnesses.
Today, anyone connected to the health profession is well-trained. No one sits back waiting to apply cold wet towels and does nothing else. With so many advances from cardiac bypasses to abdominal surgery under a CT that has replaced simple bed rest or major surgery, it seems strange that so many people still make recommendations or treatments based on advice grandma used several generations back.
Everyone would like to live a little longer. In 1900, the average life expectancy was 46 for women and less for men. Today, in the United States, a person’s life expectancy is 76 with women reaching 80.
The number of centenarians (the lucky ones who reach 100 or more) is increasing at an amazing rate. There are ways to extend life and we highly recommend them.
Because so many illnesses give very few symptoms, a person should get on the rolls of a caring physician. Every patient, including people who have no outward signs of illness, should make an appointment with the doctor for a checkup. No one should wait for that fever and cold towel treatment used in the past.
Men are especially noted for “playing down” symptoms. A strange ache in the chest is expected to go away, so people often make the mistake of waiting instead of going to a doctor to have a checkup and a electrocardiogram.
Shortness of breath is often thought to be a result of just being out of shape rather than can- cer from smoking. Even weight loss should be checked rather than blamed on dieting. The list goes on and on.
Very few people realize that numbness and weakness are considered medical emergencies that require an immediate visit to an emergency room. Whenever someone feels ill, he or she should be taken to the doctor or emergency room.
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With all the well trained experts out there, no one should apply wet towels and wait and see. It’s safer to see the doctor or go to an emergency room. Unfortunately, no one wants to go to a hospital and spend hours waiting to be seen. The emergency room, crowded with patients, is worth the wait, and you won’t know that until you’re seen.
Before the reader concludes those cool towels are all you need, be aware that between the years 2007 and 2008, people lived 2.4 months longer. Life expectancy at birth in 1990 was 75 years and in 2011 it averaged 79 years. In the United States, between 2007 and 2008, life expectancy increased for whites, African Americans and Hispanics. There was a decrease in mortality from heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, strokes and diabetes.
Seek medical help when you’re ill. Enjoy those additional days.