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Ready to be a Quitter? Smoking , that is……
Quitting smoking is not easy, but you can do it. To have the best chance to quit smoking and staying quit, you need to know what you’re up against, what your options are, and where to go for help. Your family doctor is here to assist you with information, support and other means to help you win the battle against tobacco. Contact us for an appointment with your primary care provider to get started on the road to becoming a “Quitter”. Below are some resources for your information on the benefits and the “How To” quit smoking.
American Lung Association
Toll-free number: 1-800-548-8252
Web site: www.lungusa.org
National Cancer Institute
Toll-free number: 1-800-422-6237 (1-800-4-CANCER)
Web site: www.cancer.gov
Toll-free tobacco line: 1-877-448-7848
Tobacco quit line: 1-800-784-8669 (1-800-QUIT-NOW)
Direct tobacco Web site: www.smokefree.gov
Web site: www.quitnet.com
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
COPD( Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a serious condition that is the 4th leading cause of death in the world. Here is a link to a very informative presentation on this condition that we recommend viewing for those that are interested. http://www.knowcopd.com/the-know-show.jsp The cause of COPD is primarily from cigarette smoking over time and it is usually progressive. The primary symptoms are a productive cough of sputum, shortness of breath, and wheezing. Measurement of lung capacity is the primary method of making the diagnosis. Smoking cessation, if applicable, is essential in risk reduction. Medications can help manage the disease and are primarily provided through various inhalers, although some oral medications also help. Early treatment of respiratory infections is also important, as is a pneumonia prevention vaccine and a yearly influenza vaccination. Pulmonary rehabilitation can help advanced cases, when oxygen may also be needed. Stay informed and be healthy.
The effects of alcoholism are common, expensive and serious. 16% of patients seeing primary care physicians have or have had problems with alcohol. In the US, alcohol is the 3rd leading cause of preventable deaths (85,000) at a cost of $185 billion. 7% of the North America is linked to alcohol and accounts for the following: Cirrhosis 32%; MVA 20%; Mouth/Oropharyngeal cancers 19%; esophageal cancer 29%; Liver Cancer 25%; Breast cancer 7%; Homicide 24%; Suicide 11%; and Hemorrhagic Stroke 10%. Fetal alcohol syndrome is the leading known cause of mental retardation. In addition, binge drinking (5 or more drinks in men and 4 or more drinks in women) increases the risk of contracting sexual transmitted disease and pregnancy. Chronic use of alcohol actually causes physical changes at the cellular level, cerebellar degeneration, Wernicke-Korsadoff syndrome, tremors hallucinations, delirium tremens, and withdrawal seizures. When alcohol is combined with tobacco and/or other drugs, the effects of alcohol are magnified. For more information, check out the linkwww.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov, or consult your primary care physician.