Wednesday, August 21, 2019

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: OPIOID CRISIS



August 30th is Opioid Misuse Prevention Day

Opioids are powerful pain medications that can be effective in managing pain however can also lead to overuse, addiction, overdoses and death
North Carolina has been especially hit by the opioid crisis.

  • 5 people die daily from overdoses
  • More people die of opioid overdose than from car crashes
  • 2,000 North Carolinians died from opioid overdose in 2017 - a 32% increase from the previous year.
  • Overdoses have actually doubled over the previous 10 years.
  • Nationwide 100 people die daily from opioid overdose.

How can you help?
  • Dispose of unused prescription medication through Operation Medicine Drop. Click on the following link to find a location:
https://apps.ncdoi.net/f?p=102:2
  • Lock up your controlled substances.
  • Talk to your kids about the risks of opioids.
  • Talk to you health care provider about alternative medications and any concerns you have regarding your medications.
  • Get involved in community efforts to help raise awareness by visiting MorePowerfulNC.org
  • Seek help for yourself if there is a concern about addiction by seeing your health care provider and locating community resources at smartrecovery.org






Wednesday, August 14, 2019

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Salmon - Heart Healthy


RECIPE                   Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa


This recipe is packed full of flavor but also heart-healthy and rich in good fats. Salmon is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to decrease inflammation, increase good cholesterol, and lower triglycerides.  Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat which helps to lower cholesterol levels. They are also high in fiber and have more potassium than a banana.

2 lbs salmon, cut into 4 filets
1 T olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1tsp paprika
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp chili powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 avocado
½ small red onion, diced
Juice from 2 limes
1-2 T finely chopped cilantro 
Mix the salt, chili powder, cumin, onion powder and black pepper together, rub the salmon fillets with olive oil and then this seasoning mix.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Combine the avocado, red onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt to taste in a bowl. Chill until ready to use.
Grill (or broil) the salmon for about 5 minutes
Top with avocado salsa



Wednesday, August 7, 2019

WEDNESDAY WELLNESS: Immunization Awareness


August is National Immunization
Awareness Month


We all need shots (vaccines) to help protect us from serious diseases. This protection is called immunization. You have the power to protect yourself and your family from dangerous vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, pneumonia, influenza, and tetanus. Vaccines are safe and effective and work with your body’s natural defenses to develop immunity to disease. Getting vaccinated at the recommended time is the best way to prevent serious diseases.

Everyone age 6 months and older needs to get a flu vaccine every year. Other types of shots work best at specific ages or life stages.

Visit the CDC website below to help determine what vaccines are recommended for your child.
Click the link below to determine what vaccines you may need as an adult.

Talk to a provider at Patient Centered Care to make sure everyone in your family has received the shots they need to stay safe and healthy! 




Wilmington Office 910-799-6262
Bolivia Office        910-253-7990


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Depression/Stop Smoking/Advance Directive: Did you Know Patient Centered Care can help?

The Patient Centered Care Team is committed to improving your health by fully identifying and striving to satisfy your healthcare needs.

ADVANCE DIRECTIVE
An advance directive is a form that you fill out to describe the kinds of medical care you want to have if something happens to you and you can't speak for yourself. It tells your family and the medical community including your primary care provider, what to do if you're badly hurt or have a serious illness that keeps you from saying what you want.
There are two main types of advance directives:
  • living will tells your family and your doctor what kinds of treatment you want to receive as you near the end of your life and if you can no longer speak for yourself. A living will is also called a treatment directive.
  • A medical power of attorney lets you name a person to make treatment decisions for you when you can't speak for yourself. This person is called a health care agent or health care proxy.
These involve tough choices to make, but you don't have to make them alone. Take your time. Share your questions or concerns with your Nurse Practitioner at Patient Centered Care. Set an appointment to discuss your plan (your family or a friend are welcome to attend).

SMOKING CESSATION
Smoking cessation (also known as quitting smoking) is the process of discontinuing tobacco smokingTobacco smoke contains nicotine, which is addictive and can cause dependence. Nicotine withdrawal makes the process of quitting often difficult.

After just 12 hours without a cigarette, the body cleanses itself of the excess carbon monoxide from the cigarettesThe carbon monoxide level returns to normal, increasing the body's oxygen levels. Just 1 day after quitting smokingthe risk of heart attack begins to decrease.

Stopping smoking will
(1)  Lower your risk for lung cancer and many other types of cancer
(2)  Reduce your  risk for heart diseasestroke, and peripheral vascular disease (narrowing of the blood vessels outside your heart). 
(3) Reduce heart disease risk within 1 to 2 years of quitting.

If you would like help to stop nicotine, contact Patient Centered care to arrange a consultation with a nurse practitioner to develop a plan.  The following websites may help you with your decision:


DEPRESSION
Many people think of depression as being sad, but it really is a complex medical condition different with each person.  People with depression experience many symptoms, including:
  • little interest or pleasure in doing things
  • feeling down or hopeless
  • trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or sleeping too much
  • feeling tired or having little energy
  • having a poor appetite, over eating or having weight change
  • difficult concentrating or making decisions
  • feeling bad about themselves, like they are a failure, or feeling guilty
If you or someone in your family may be experiencing these symptoms, reach out to the office for an appointment with a nurse practitioner.  Is it time to talk about your symptoms?


Patient Centered Care, PLLC  910-799-6262 (phone)