Every year, more than half a million Americans suffer a first heart attack, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And more than half of those first heart attack victims die within an hour. Fortunately, about 80% of those deaths could be prevented with early detection and aggressive treatment. If your dad is 55-75, have a heart-to-heart talk and encourage him to learn about the dangers of plaque buildup in the arteries and get screened. Experts recommend one of two non-invasive tests that can detect problems and give dad’s healthcare provider an opportunity to get dad to take steps to reduce his risks: Calcium Scoring CT Heart Scan and Carotid Intima-Media Thickness (CIMT) Ultrasound. Prices vary and may or may not be covered by your insurance, so check with your provider. That call could save dad’s life.
[amazon asin=1442213302&template=thumbleft&chan=default] Kelly Bulkeley, co-author of Children’s Dreams
Topic: Understanding the dreams and nightmares of childhood
Issues: The science of dreams and imagination; the purpose of dreams; dreams of early childhood; dreams of middle and late childhood; interpreting dreams; dreams as play
[amazon asin=1591026199&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Christopher Johnson, author of How to talk to Your Child’s Doctor.
Topic: Partnering with your doctor to effectively care for your child.
Issues: The importance of the medical history; how and why the doctor examines your child; how to handle a difficult doctor; solving problems the way your doctor does.
[amazon asin=0470343680&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Khan-Van Le-Bucklin, author of Twins 101.
Topic: Must-have tips for pregnancy through early childhood
Issues: Twin shock—what happens to parents when they get the news they’re expecting multiples; getting twins on the same schedule; telling identical twins apart; critical survival skills for parents of twins.
Expecting a doctor or other medical professional to be 100% perfect is unreasonable. After all, we learned in elementary school that nobody’s perfect and that’s okay. Unfortunately, some of the people we trust with our health are seriously pushing the line. Keep an eye out for these seven deadly habits that bad doctors should be […]