Posts Tagged ‘Stroke’
This week I had a patient who has decided that she does not need to treat her Osteoporosis because she does not yet have symptoms. This could be a problem for her. The first symptom of Osteoporosis usually is a Fracture. Ouch!
Actually she has had symptoms. She has 5 Vertebral Compression Fracture Deformities in her thoracic spine. As is usually the case, she had aching, but not sharp pains, from these “crumble-type” fractures. Therefore she doesn’t really believe that they are “real” fractures.
Vertebral Fractures generally occur about a decade before Hip Fractures. They are the early warning that much more obvious, and much more inconvenient, fractures may be coming. You ignore that warning at your peril.
Clinical Osteoporosis is a Silent Disease until the first major Fracture (Bone Attack). Heart disease may be silent until the first Heart Attack. High Blood Pressure may be silent until the first stroke (Brain Attack). Each of these can change your whole life.
Osteoporosis with Fracture is far easier to prevent than to treat – for the patient as well as the doc. Why wait for a fracture? Why not start treatment before ruining your life for a few weeks – or forever.
Take Control of Your Life.
Jay Ginther, MD
If you have a Heart Attack or a Stroke (Brain Attack), you don’t say it was an accident. You check out your heart or blood pressure to see what is wrong that can be corrected. In this way, you decrease the risk of another heart attack or stroke.
If you have a Fracture after a fall, don’t say it was an accident. Check out your Bone Health to see what can be improved or corrected. In this way, you won’t have increased Fracture Risk the next time you fall. Anyone can fall, but not everyone fractures. A fall can be an accident, but a fracture is a Bone Attack – a warning to check your bone health.
In 7 years, I have never evaluated someone for bone health without finding at least one issue that can be improved. That included myself, when I was honest and actually evaluated my own situation.
Most people know that a diet high in Sodium puts them at increased risk for high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke (brain attack). Very few people realize that a diet high in Sodium puts them at increased risk for Osteoporosis and Fracture (Bone Attack). How can this be?
The exact same molecule controls both Sodium and Calcium in the kidney. This means that you cannot pee out excess Sodium without also peeing out needed Calcium. If you take in more Sodium than the 1500 mg you need daily, you need to take in extra Calcium to make up for the Calcium you pee out along with the extra Sodium. Or you could cut down on Sodium. That is not easy.
Friday is the Go Red For Women in Waterloo, sponsored by the American Heart Association. Heart Disease is now recognized as a major health issue for women, as well as men. Prevention of heart attacks and strokes gets a lot of attention. Breast cancer is also well recognized. These are worthy causes, but…..
Fractures from Osteoporosis are twice as common in women as heart attacks. Fractures are more common than heart attacks, breast cancers and strokes combined. More women die from complications after hip fracture than die from heart attacks. This is also a big deal, but Osteoporosis gets no respect.