Phillips Health Care Newsletter
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Monthby Phillips Clinic on 02/27/23
KEEPING YOUR HEART HEALTHYby Phillips Clinic on 02/01/23
January is Thyroid Awareness Monthby Phillips Clinic on 12/31/22
Understanding YOUR Thyroid
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located front and center at the base of the neck. It plays an important role in the communication system of the body. It regulates metabolism, or energy-related functioning within cells, by releasing or withholding thyroid hormone.
The thyroid gland influences just about everything in the human body, including the eyes, brain, heart, skin, hair, bones, bowels and mood.
When you experience weight loss, anxiety, palpitations, high blood pressure, brittle nails, constipation or a host of other symptoms , these symptoms can be related to a hormone imbalance brought on by thyroid that’s over or under functioning.
According to the American Thyroid Association, of the 20 million Americans who have thyroid disease, up to 60 percent go undiagnosed.
A lack of awareness might be partly to blame; thyroid disease doesn’t get the same amount of press as heart disease. Plus, , many of the symptoms of thyroid disease are vague.
Thyroid disease is sometimes mistaken for depression, irritable bowel syndrome, some other condition or aging.
The causes of a faulty thyroid are not fully understood — although your risk increases if you are female or if there is a family history of the disease.
Symptoms of Thyroid Disease
· Muscle and Joint Pains, Carpal Tunnel, Tendonitis, Plantar's Fasciitis
· Neck Discomfort, Enlargement, Hoarseness, Goiter
· Hair Loss, Hair Changes, Skin Changes
· Constipation, Bowel Problems, Diarrhea, Irritable Bowel
· Menstrual Irregularities and Fertility Problems
· Family History of Thyroid and Autoimmune Disease
· High Cholesterol, Unresponsive to Cholesterol Medications
· Depression and Anxiety
· Unexpected Weight Changes without Changes to Diet Or Exercise
· Fatigue and Exhaustion
Source: About Health
Too much thyroid hormone, called hyperthyroidism, can cause irritability, a rapid or erratic heartbeat, weight loss, high blood pressure and diarrhea, among other things. It can weaken bones, sometimes leading to osteoporosis over time, and can leave patients feeling anxious and unable to focus, with racing thoughts.
An autoimmune disease called Graves’ disease leads to many cases of hyperthyroidism. Graves’ disease, causes the immune system to attack the thyroid gland, and triggers the thyroid to produce a surplus of thyroid hormone.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism, or not enough thyroid hormone, include depression, hair loss, weight gain, high cholesterol, extreme fatigue, constipation and stomachaches.
If your doctor suspects that a patient has thyroid disease, usually a blood test that gauges the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in the blood will be ordered.
An elevated or reduced level of TSH indicates possible thyroid trouble. A small percentage of people, however, will have normal lab results even though they have thyroid symptoms, and may require additional testing.
Treatment for hypothyroidism is usually straightforward: patients take prescription medicine to boost their supply of thyroid hormone.
THE HOLIDAYS AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSUREby Phillips Clinic on 12/04/22
USE YOUR HEALTH BENEFITS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEARby Phillips Clinic on 11/28/22
USE YOUR HEALTH BENEFITS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR
The holiday season has arrived and your calendar is filling up. But, even though your time is already limited, it might be worthwhile to add a medical appointments to your schedule. Yes, you'll be extra busy, but you might save a significant amount of money by taking care of these appointments now, instead of waiting until next year.
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To help people achieve and maintain their well-being, we review each patient’s family and medical history, listen to how the patient perceives their own health, identify potential concerns, and help implement a plan for the patient to ensure their well-being for years to come.
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We help you determine whether your symptoms are related to allergies by listening to your complaints and concerns. We can take it a step further with skin or blood allergy testing. This can narrow down what you are allergic to, as well as, determine severity and help you decide on a more effective treatment plan.
Gynecology is health care specifically for the female body, focusing on the sexual and reproductive organs. Proper gynecological care helps prevent many undesired cancers, diseases, and other illnesses by allowing for early detection.
On Site Radiology:
Our Clinic is one of the few in the Las Vegas Valley with access to an in-house x-ray machine. We have an x-ray technician on site and highly-skilled healthcare professionals available to read and interpret these x-rays.
Bone Density Scans:
At Phillips Clinic we offer bone density scans on-site. Our highly trained health professionals use bone density testing to assess the strength of bones and the probability of fracture in patients at risk of osteoporosis.
On Site Ultrasound:
Phillips Clinic offers a full spectrum of ultrasound treatments for your convenience. These services include evaluations of the heart, vascular system, renal system, abdomen, pelvis, thyroid, soft tissue masses, and much more.
Cardiac echo (or simply an echo), is a sonogram of the heart is also offered at Phillips Clinic. Echocardiography, which uses ultrasound to create images of the heart, allows providers to assess heart-health.
Peripheral Vascular Testing
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) affects the areas that are “peripheral” (outside) your heart. Testis for PVD include ultrasound and treadmill.
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