The cost of health care has gone steadily up in the last 10 years. Hospitals must do their best to provide good treatment in as little time as possible. This often means sending a patient home soon after surgery. Going home after surgery requires that the patient is medically stable. The patient must also be able to walk and move without help. Often hospital staff are already planning the patient's discharge before surgery even begins. How is this possible? Do they have a crystal ball to show how well someone will do? No, they use a set of "predictors." In the case of hip fracture, age, mental state, and the ability to get around before fracture predict how well someone will do in the early days after surgery. Many studies have identified factors that don't predict how well someone will do after surgery. These factors include type of surgery, type of anesthesia, side of fracture, education level, and country of origin. Researchers keep trying to find new factors that will help with disc...
My 10-year-old neighbor, Ben, came over to visit Saturday afternoon. "Where have you been the past couple of days? Your dad said you were doing some kind of walk," he asked. I told Ben that yes, I had taken part in a walk in the Houston area. That morning I had laced up my tennis shoes and, along with my good friend Mara (whose mother has dementia), strolled the 5K route that comprised the Alzheimer's Memory Walk in Sugar Land, Texas. "So why did you do that?" Ben asked. I told him that by participating in this event, my co-walkers and I were bringing attention to this terrible disease. "And we also raised money to support research that can help stop Alzheimer's." Ben quickly replied, "How much did you raise?" I answered that thanks to the very generous support of family members, friends and professional colleagues, we managed to add $1,750 to the Alzheimer's Association's coffers. Furthermore, the participants in the ...
Walking and health
Health and walking; Mild exercise; Exercise - is walking worthwhile
Regular exercise -- including walking
-- decreases your risk of death, heart attacks,
stroke, high blood pressure, some cancers,
osteoporosis, depression, anxiety, and obesity. It also
improves overall health, helps osteoarthritis and
diabetes, boosts HDL (good cholesterol) levels, and
If you do not have any medical conditions
that might make walking harmful to you (such
as being likely to fall or having active
heart disease), walking is an excellent, inexpensive
form of exercise. You should always check with your
medical provider before you begin any new form of
Thirty minutes of physical activity (walking or
other) on most days is recommended by the Surgeon
General. A brisk 30-minute walk burns about 200
calories. Walking slowly for 30 minutes uses 100
calories. Even making a few minor changes, such as
parking farther from wor...
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