Many of us take our health for granted. You often feel invincible in your youth because you rarely get sick and you can get away with the neglect and abuse your body goes through. You can eat what you want. You can sleep whenever you want or skip it, it doesn’t matter. You can still function even though you are not feeling well.
However, everything takes its toll as you age. Your body will show signs of aging and symptoms of neglect. We are often preoccupied with issues and conditions that are obvious to the naked eye, wrinkles, age spots or balding hair and the more serious conditions like irregular blood pressure, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
While all these things are important, there is an equally important aspect of our health that many do not pay attention to but can seriously impair your health in case of a stroke. Most neurological conditions appear later in life. But many people suffer from a stroke earlier now because of our modern lifestyle. For instance, constant exposure to smartphones can have a damaging effect on the brain.
The deliberation over the extent of harm caused by electromagnetic fields (EMFs) is one that has continued for decades. Electromagnetic fields are physical fields produced by electrically charged objects. Depending on their force of radiation, they can reshape the behavior of other electric items in their vicinity at various magnitudes. As time has progressed, technology has advanced from herculean machines to handheld innovations. The impact of cellular radiation on the human brain, behavior and health are everlasting — but in the most detrimental way. It is essential that our daily device usage be limited; this means significantly less phone and laptop time.
The widespread increase in cell phone usage contributes to adverse physical symptoms and prominent magnitudes of daily stress in the average American. Considering minute EMFs are produced by the human body itself in order to carry out biochemical processes, needless to say that external radiation-producing devices can alter the body’s natural system of electromagnetic field movement.
Cardiac conditions can also hasten the deterioration of your neurological health. Or in this case, the management of cardiac conditions can exacerbate neurological decline.
Small leakages from blood vessels in the brain, known as microbleeds, increase with age and are associated with cognitive decline. Of 84 older patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), nearly a quarter developed new microbleeds after their procedure, according to results of a single-center study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 66th Annual Scientific Session.
Microbleeds can be observed using MRI scans of the brain and are detrimental to thinking and memory. Previous studies of MRI scans in patients age 80 and older have shown evidence of microbleeds in up to 30 percent of elderly patients. This study revealed increased risks of microbleeding among patients who had undergone a previous cardiovascular intervention and among those with more prolonged exposure to anticoagulant medications, which are used to prevent blood clots that cause strokes and mini-strokes in patients undergoing cardiac procedures. It is the first study to link microbleeding with TAVR and the first to investigate microbleeding as a side effect of any cardiac procedure.
Most American families put their elderly in nursing homes, so they get the care and attention they need. And many of them present a neurological problem that continues to grow according to health care providers.
Seizures and epilepsy are more prevalent in elderly nursing home residents, especially those with neurologic comorbidities, than in patients in the community, according to data published in Neurology.1
“Nursing home patients are a very underrepresented population in research, although the elderly are a growing portion of our population,” investigator Angela K. Birnbaum, PhD, from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, told Neurology Advisor. “Reporting the prevalence of epilepsy and other neurological conditions presents the scope of a problem by reporting the number of patients that may need specialized care, especially since these diagnoses are usually treated with [central nervous system] medications that can have complicated pharmacokinetics and side effect profiles.”
And many more Americans will likely suffer as the new administration pushes for budget cuts in critical areas like health care, which will compromise the health and well-being of individuals who rely on the state for help in accessing basic health care services.
The American Academy of Neurology has issued a statement on the American Health Care Act, stating that it “does not do enough to ensure continued access to health insurance coverage for millions of Americans.
The statistics do not paint a pretty picture but it serves its purpose. It should act as a warning that many of the things we do today can have negative implications later in life. You have to take your health seriously if you want to enjoy a long and quality life as you age. Make sure that you do not take your health for granted because it is you who will suffer in the end.