Health Topics

Mental Health

Mental health disorders affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Some common examples are depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors. While many people have mental health concerns, it becomes a mental illness when it causes frequent stress, makes you miserable and affects your ability to function normally.

In most cases, symptoms can be managed with a combination of medications and talk therapy (psychotherapy). Please learn more here:

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Substance Abuse

Chronic drug abuse and excessive alcohol intake have serious implications for one’s general physical and emotional health. The sedentary lifestyle which these engender contributes to their harmful effects upon body and mind. Few things in medicine are as distressing to witness. The approach of the professional community must be nonjudgmental and supportive, as well as firm. Dr. Hein has considerable experience over the years in treating and finding community resources to treat substance abuse.
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Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia. It begins with mild memory loss leading to the loss of the ability to carry on a conversation. Nearly 5 million American’s suffer from Alzheimers disease. It involves the section of the brain that controls thought, memory and language. In its advanced stage, it seriously affects the persons ability to carry out day to day activities. Scientists are not clear on what is the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. You can find more information here:

Joint Pain and Arthritis
Chronic Pain caused by arthritis affects million of people in the US every year.  The best treatment options suggested by the medical professional organizations are:
  • Over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (e.g., Advil® or Motrin®) and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), as well as topical NSAIDs
  • Physical activity/exercise or community-based physical activity programs.
  • Exercise therapy, including physical therapy.
  • Self-management education workshops.
  • Weight loss, if overweight or obese.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy—a psychological, goal-directed approach in which patients learn how to modify physical, behavioral, and emotional triggers of pain and stress.

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Cardiovascular Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, causing about 1 in 4 deaths. The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for heart disease through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medicine. Please find more information:

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High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, and chronic kidney disease, three leading causes of death for Americans. High blood pressure is also very common. Tens of millions of adults in the United States have high blood pressure, and many do not have it under control, or even know that they have this problem. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, so the only way to know if you have it is to get your blood pressure measured. Talk with your Doctor about how you can manage your blood pressure and lower your risk. Learn more facts about high blood pressure:

Sexual Health

The World Health Organization defines sexual health as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.
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Sleep Disorders

A very large number of US adults report that they usually get less than the recommended amount of sleep. Not getting enough sleep is linked with many chronic diseases and conditions—such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression—that threaten our nation’s health. Not getting enough sleep can lead to motor vehicle crashes and mistakes at work, which cause a lot of injury and disability each year. Getting enough sleep is not a luxury—it is something people need for good health. Sleep disorders can also increase a person’s risk of health problems. However, these disorders can be diagnosed and treated, bringing relief to those who suffer from them. Please learn more about sleep disorders here:

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