Closer Look Wrap Up 2/7/14
Every year, thousands of individual dentists, hygienists, volunteers and hundreds of practices across the world donate their time and resources to help people who can't afford much needed dental care.
Here in the Basin a local dentist is taking part in the non-profit "Dentistry from the Heart" in the coming week.
We talked with board certified pediatric dentist Doctor Michael Wilkerson. He explained this is the first ever event here in the Permian Basin. He explained this is a major problem here in the Basin and that many children do not have access to dental care. The event is Feb 13 at the Kidís Place. You can learn more information by visiting www.kid-teeth.com
Each year 715-thousand Americans have a heart attack. Many of us may be aware of the common signs of a heart attack. We typically associate with heart attacks including chest pain, shortness of breath, pain in the back or arms, fatigue or light headedness, and or pain in the jaw, neck, or back. But, Levi Stone, Chief Nursing Officer at Odessa Regional Medical Center also says you need to be aware of more uncommon signs like insomnia, sudden anxiety, or an impending sense of doom.
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death for all Americans, but the third leading cause of death for women, after heart disease and cancer. Until now itís been assumed that men and women both faced the risk of stroke in the same ways. However, new guidelines are revealing that women not only have other risk factor they're also more likely to suffer a stroke compared to men. We talked with Karry Morris, cardiovascular nurse for Medical Center Hospital. She explained that women have a slightly higher risk of stroke then men, and if women have high blood pressure before pregnancy they are advised to get it under control before trying to conceive. Also, women who have preeclampsia during pregnancy are also considered at higher risk for stroke.