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First Med Urgent Care Reveals 9 Ways Stress Can Impact Your Life: Part 2

First Med Urgent Care Shares Information About Stress

In part one of this urgent care blog series, we listed 3 out of 9 ways that stress can impact a person’s life. Today, our urgent care staff wanted to dive in a bit more and give you 3 more ways, in part 2 of this series, which describe how stress can introduce other problems.

1. Stress can ruin your teeth and gums.

Some people respond to stressful situations through nervous tics or by grinding their teeth. While people often grind their teeth unconsciously or when they sleep, it can do lasting damage to your jaw and wear their teeth thin.

A multi-university study, in 2012, also linked stress to gum disease. Researchers concluded that the pressures of marriage, parenthood, work, or lack of romantic involvement were factors in periodontal disease.

Moreover, those at greatest risk were people who became highly emotional when dealing with stress caused by their finances.

2. Stress can ruin your heart.

Stress can physically damage your heart muscle. Stress damages your heart, because stress hormones increase your heart rate and constrict your blood vessels. This forces your heart to work harder, and increases your blood pressure.

According to the American Institute of Stress, the incidence rate of heart attacks and sudden death increases after major stress inducing incidents, like hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

3. Stress can make you gain weight.

In the ancient days of hunter-gatherers, harsh conditions forced people to eat as much as possible when food was available in order to store up for lean times. That compulsion lives on inside us, and comes out when we are stressed.

Researchers at the University of Miami documented that when people find themselves in stressful situations, they are likely to consume 40 percent more food than normal. Those scientists recommended turning off the nightly newscast before eating dinner, to keep bad news — and overeating — at bay.

Our urgent care staff hopes that this information will help you make decisions in your life which may keep your stress levels lower. After all, once you’re aware of the many ways stress can negatively impact you, the more equipped you are to defeat those “demons”.

Our urgent care staff feel it is important to share this information as it may keep you from becoming unnecessarily ill. If you’d like to know even more about the negative impacts of stress, feel free to come back in a few weeks to read the final part of our urgent care blog series on this topic!

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Fires Consume Our Health – Fires In Guthrie

First Med Urgent Care: Fires in Guthrie

Watching the news about the fires in Guthrie, Oklahoma, is heart-breaking. While some people have lost more than others, everyone is affected in some way. Along with the damage to homes, various structures, and around 3500 acres, people in the area have been exposed to high levels of smoke. This alone raises a number of health concerns.

First of all, anytime a person breathes a foreign substance into his or her lungs, oxygenating the body sufficiently becomes difficult. As cars run on gas, we as humans, are fuelled by oxygen. Fires consume our readily available oxygen meaning that with it goes our bodies ability to metabolize food, eliminate hazardous toxins, and regenerate cells. The loss of oxygen means our brains lose the ability to process information, and our organs no longer function properly. Our bodies can go weeks without food or water, but we can only survive minutes without oxygen. Eating, thinking, walking, sleeping, and talking, are all functions that without oxygen we would no longer be able to do. While the majority of the Guthrie community are not exposed to a lethal amounts of oxygen deficiency, other health issue can still occur.

Another residual health concern is the inhalation of fine particles and gas that come from the burned mater. The particles become part of our air getting into our eyes and our respiratory system. This can cause allergy like symptoms such as runny nose, itching/burning eyes, coughing and wheezing. These symptoms can then turn into more serious illnesses such as bronchitis, heart problems, lung diseases, and in extreme cases premature death. Healthy individuals are not at as high of a risk of developing the more serious long-term complications. Those who already suffer from COPD and asthma, along with the elderly and young children, need to stay in tune with their bodies should intervention become necessary. We strongly suggest that these individuals have their rescue inhalers around in instances where breathing becomes difficult. For anyone experiencing difficulty breathing, you may benefit from a breathing treatment, which we administer at any of our First Med locations.

Our hearts go out to those who have lost their land, homes, and especially the family who lost their loved one. To prevent any further harm, please make sure you are taking every effort to stay well until the smoke clears. Use common sense, and if you or anyone you know experiences shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, periods of passing out, and feelings of extreme fatigued, seek medical attention immediately.