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    Free Replacement AED Cabinets for Sandy Victims

    November 5th, 2012

    HeartStation is providing free replacement AED cabinets for those damaged by Hurricane Sandy. It is vitally important to get AED’s back in service in hurricane ravaged areas and HeartStation wants to help make that happen.

    You don’t have to be a HeartStation customer and it doesn’t have to be HeartStation cabinets. HeartStation will replace any AED cabinet damaged by Hurricane Sandy with the best indoor cabinet we manufacture, the HeartCase™.

    If your AED cabinet was damaged, or you know someone who needs an AED cabinet replaced due to Hurricane Sandy, please contact our helpful and knowledgeable staff toll-free at 1-866-611-6999 or at sales@4mdmedical.com

    Medical Info: How to Best Protect Yourself Against the Flu

    October 3rd, 2012

    View this video below to learn how to properly safeguard yourself from the flu:


    Medical Knowledge: Using New Oxygen Conservation Technologies

    September 28th, 2012

    Courtesty of Drive Medical

    This video will discuss why it is so important to apply the right conservation technology to your oxygen patients. It explains how effective treatment leads to increased patient satisfaction, respiratory wellness  reduced operational costs, builds your reputation, and increases referrals from pulmonologists.



    You’ll find all the Drive Medical Oxygen Conservation products featured in this video, as well as a full range of other respiratory devices at 4MDMedical.com.

    Or call 877-463-5818 to speak to one of our friendly
    and knowledgeable product specialists.

    Medical Info: Seasonal Flu – How to Protect Yourself

    September 13th, 2012

    Seasonal Flu

    Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year.

    • Flu season typically peaks in January or February.
    • Getting the flu vaccine is your best protection against the flu.
    • Flu-related complications include pneumonia and dehydration.
    • Illness from seasonal flu usually lasts one to two weeks.

    What is the seasonal flu?

    Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It spreads between people and can cause mild to severe illness. In some cases, the flu can lead to death.

    When is flu season?

    In the United States, flu season occurs in the fall and winter. Seasonal flu activity usually peaks in January or February, but it can occur as early as October and as late as May.

    How does seasonal flu spread?

    Most experts believe that you get the flu when a person with the flu coughs, sneezes, or talks and droplets containing their germs land in your mouth or nose. You can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes, or nose.

    Who is at risk?

    Some groups are more likely to experience complications from the seasonal flu, including:

    • Seniors (those age 65 and older)
    • Children (especially those younger than 2)
    • People with chronic health conditions

    How can I protect myself from seasonal flu?

    Get the flu vaccine as soon as it is available in your area. The 2012-2013 vaccine is now available. You should also follow our everyday steps to keep yourself healthy.

    What are common complications from the seasonal flu?

    Complications from the flu include:

    • Bacterial pneumonia
    • Ear or sinus infections
    • Dehydration
    • Worsening of chronic health conditions

    Each year approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications.

    How long does the illness last?

    Most people who get the flu feel much better within one or two weeks.

    How long am I contagious?

    Most healthy adults can infect others one day before symptoms develop and five to seven days after symptoms appear. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be contagious for a longer period.

    How many times can a person become infected with the seasonal flu?

    You are unlikely to get infected with the same exact strain of flu more than once. It is possible to be infected with flu virus more than once in a season, though, because several different strains of flu virus circulate each year. Exposure to a particular strain of flu virus may help protect you against that strain in the future. But it will not protect you from infection with other flu virus strains.

    Is the stomach flu really the flu?

    Many people use “stomach flu” to describe illness with nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Many different viruses, bacteria, or parasites can cause these symptoms. While the flu can sometimes cause vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea—more commonly in children than adults — these problems are rarely the main symptoms of the flu. The flu is a respiratory disease and not a stomach or intestinal disease.

    Who monitors seasonal flu activity?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracks flu activity in the United States year round and produces a weekly report of flu activity from October through mid-May.

    Using Nicolet Dopplers to Screen for PAD

    September 3rd, 2012


    Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common, yet serious, disease. Over the years, extra cholesterol and fats circulating in the blood collect in the walls of the arteries. This buildup – called plaque – narrows your arteries, often reducing or blocking the flow of blood to your toes, feet and fingers. PAD can also be present in the arteries that carry blood from your heart to your head, arms, kidneys and stomach.










    Some conditions and habits that may raise your chance of developing PAD are:

    • Age – 50 or older
    • Smoking
    • Diabetes
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Previous history of vascular disease, heart attack or stroke
    • African American heritage


    The first step is to ask your physician about your risk for PAD. Your provider will take a medical and family history, perform a physical exam and conduct diagnostic tests.


    When checking you for PAD, your health care provider may perform a simple non-invasive test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI) using a hand-held Doppler and blood pressure cuffs. Painless and easy, the ABI compares the blood pressure readings in your ankles with the blood pressure readings in your arms.


    The overall goals for treating PAD are to reduce any symptoms, improve quality of life and mobility and prevent heart attack, stroke and amputation. Three main approaches include making lifestyle changes; taking medication; and in some cases, having a special procedure or surgery.

    Lifestyle Changes may include exercising, eating a healthy diet and quitting smoking.

    Nicolet Dopplers are available at 4MDMedical.com.

    Reference: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/pad/

    See How NOVA Did Wheelchair Challenge 2012 – Video

    June 6th, 2012

    This past Tuesday, Team Nova (Sue, Robin, Juan, Claire and Michelle) took The Wheelchair Challenge www.wheelchairforaday.org and spent much of the day in a wheelchair.   The goal of this challenge was to raise awareness and funds for programs to empower those with physical challenges.   Wow, what an experience!

    For those who already made a donation – thank you!  You gave us a huge jump start.  If you can make a donation or just check out the post-video to see if we earned it, here it is.

    15 Minute Video Highlights:

    –          Music featuring Nirvana, Def Leppard and Duran Duran

    –          Check out Nova’s warehouse and awesome people

    –          Doors are a pain…

    –          Going to the bathroom is also a pain…

    –          Sue goes to Happy Hour

    –          Sue’s 5 year old nephew Bryson accompanies her to the restroom and confirms that “sensors are cool”

    Gratitude and appreciation keep us going and going.  Onward!

    March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    March 6th, 2012

    It’s a fairly well-known guideline. Start colorectal cancer screenings at age 50. Yet, far too many folks in this age group ignore these recommendations – a decision that can be deadly. Now these guidelines have been updated.

    If you’re not at high risk of colorectal cancer, start screenings at age 50.

    If you are at high risk, screening should start at age 40, and if you have a family history, you should begin 10 years earlier than the age of your family member at the time of diagnosis.

    Discuss your options for colorectal cancer screening with your doctor.

    The American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued the new guidance statement regarding colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.

    A summary detailing the recommendations was published March 6, 2012 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which is published by ACP.

    “Only about 60 percent of American adults aged 50 and older get screened, even though the effectiveness of colorectal cancer screening in reducing deaths is supported by the available evidence,” said ACP President, Virginia L. Hood, MB.BS, M.P.H, F.A.C.P.


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    Detecto Healthcare Scales

    February 15th, 2012

    Healthy For You, Healthy for America.

    Detecto is the largest medical scale manufacture in the United States. When you buy a DETECTO scale, you’re not just purchasing the standard of the weighing industry since 1900, you’re putting Americans to work. That’s healthy for us all! Buy American. Buy DETECTO at 4MD Medical

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    Stop Bariatric Bathroom Safety

    February 6th, 2012

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 235,000 people over the age of 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom.

    More than 14 percent occur while using the toilet.  People over 85 suffer more than half of their injuries near the toilet.  The bathroom injury rate for women was 72 percent higher than for men, the analysis found.

    “Injuries getting on and off the toilet are quite high in people 65 and older,” said Judy A. Stevens, an epidemiologist with the CDC and the lead author of the report.

    The analysis appeared in the June 10 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

    The Big John Toilet Seats and Big John Toilet Supports can help reduce injuries around the toilet.

    The Big John Toilet Seats have oversized, stabilizing bumpers to eliminate shifting and sliding of the toilet seat and assisting in transferring to the toilet as well as grip room all around the seat to provide extra stability to the user and to help them on and off the toilet.

    The Big John Toilet Supports increase the weight capacity of wall-mounted toilets to over 1,000 pounds to prevent the toilets from leaking or coming loose from the wall. Read the rest of this entry »

    Basics of Blood Pressure

    November 18th, 2011

    Almost everyone knows that blood pressure is one of the most important measurements in medicine. Every time a patient visits a physician’s office or hospital, one of the first measurements taken is their blood pressure. Since blood pressure plays such a vital role in monitoring a person’s overall health, I thought I would write about the basics of blood pressure and some of the terminology used in blood pressure measurement. Read the rest of this entry »