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T Page 6 '2IiiW0-c6j- 3cf)ool Revs. . . Talk with your doctor if you have questions on blood pressure According to the Health Tips ent must begin a weaning pro- newsletter, you should talk with cess. Involvement must still be your doctor if recent reports have there. They must hear our en- raised concerns about blood pres- There is a rule in parenting. It states that the most successful students are those whose parents are involved with their school work. Its unquestioned. Its scripture. At the risk of being labeled a heretic, however, I will challenge the parenting rule. Sort of. At least I will question what the word involved means. I will question whether the involvement of a parent of a second grader should be the same as the involvement of a sophomore. When a child in primary grades is falling behind, it is perfectly reasonable for the teacher, parent and child to sit down and plan a contract for work couragement, enthusiasm or concern. Our hearts must still be there. But a child must be given space for independent decisions in his or her daily workday. This is a painful process for us because most children will not make the decisions we know are best for them. Its tempting to want to check and make sure they have all their books. To correct the spelling on a paper. To call the teacher to find out a deadline. Dont. Let them know your expectations. Let natural rewards and natural consequences take their course. Let your children become The and completion. parent teacher work out special treats decision makers. Let go. for rewards and carefully monitor every assignment and every deadline. The purpose of the contract is Alfred Godek, reporter to allow the child to understand Date High LowPrec. he is capable. But when we en- Nov. 28 gage in such intensive involveNov. 29 ment long-terit can have the Nov. 30 opposite result. Dec. 1 And thats where my heresy 2 Dec. comes in. As a child enters sec3 Dec. ondary grades, I believe the par Levan weather Dec. 4 suzze FOR A SHINING, SHIMMERING, HOLIDAY TREAT, TAKE EXIT 261 Shines like Rudolphs nose! tr TO SPANISH FORK CANYON. THEN FOLLOW THE LIGHTS. sure medications. Dont stop taking your blood pressure medication without checking with your physician first, cautions a Stanford University cardiologist. Dr. John Schroeder, professor of medicine and director of out- patient cardiology services, says millions of Americans taking cal- cium channel blockers, or CCBs a type of blood pressure may be needlessly fright- ened by recent reports that drugs in this class may pose a greater of heart attack when com- pared with other blood pressure SPANISH FORK many studies. Other studies ness, their safety Euid their lack have drawn different conclu- of adverse side effects. Therefore, sions, notes Schroeder. We sim- the current findings do not apply need more information, and ply to how were practicing meda larger study is in fact under icine now, even if the reported way to answer further questions findings were conclusive, says about blood pressure medica- Schroeder. CCBs and another class of tions. The study in JAMA didnt look drugs, called ACE inhibitors, y have become the drugs of choice at currently available CCBs which are now used for for many patients with high treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure, because of their blood pressure) and angina remarkable freedom from the (chest pain caused by a blockage adverse side effects that for years of blood flow to the heart). These have plagued many patients takonce-a-da- blockers, says Schroeder. CCBs and ACE inhibitors help patients avoid the fatigue, lethargy, sex- ual dysfunction, nightmares and adverse effects on blood cholesterol that sometimes result froa. these other medications, he adds. There are no simple answers when it comes to choosing high blood pressure medication. Thats why its important to talk with your physician about the potential risks vs benefits in- cluding comfort and convenience of the drug program best for you, Schroeder agents have gained widespread ing other blood pressure drugs, thats and beta says. use because of their effective- including diuretics Winter good health starts with Winter Time good safety practices Each winter patients are monoxide poisoning due to faulty sports equipment such as skis, before each use brought into the emergency room furnaces, patients suffering from sleds, and skates use not were inequipment correctly, and frostbite because they a LDS Hospital with serious rules of the area you the conknow the for clothed juries that ER physicians say appropriately if are or were in; driving a snowditions youre had been have in, patients cnld they prevented g who had skied or snowmobiled in mobile or other recreational vemore been safety people scius sud used some common the back country who either got hicle, be sure to wear a safety con-dru- lost or were caught in avalanch- helmet and eye guards. es. Most of these injuries and ac- Indoors install both carbon monoxide cidents could be prevented with some preparation and common and smoke detectors in your home sense, Dr. Mooers adds. reducon Here are some tips properly use portable heaters; The bottom line is that only models that will not cause choose winthis of ing your risk injury one particular drug, a short-act- a fire if tipped over; and do not ter: ing CCB called nifedipine, has Outdoors place a space heater near Christraised serious issues, says travel- mas trees, draperies, or other when belt seat a wear Schroeder. The National Heart, flammable material ing in a vehicle Lung and Blood Institute issued have your fireplace, chimney, in slow down when driving warning August 31, 1995, that g stove allow and snow ice; the yourself furnace, or should be used with winto and serdue for traffic time professionally inspected delays caution (if at all). viced to decrease your risk of gas conditions weather ter Patients taking this drug should winterize your vehicle; use or carbon monoxide poisoning indeed talk with their doctors never leave a fire smoldering tires and chains when apsnow changing to a similar, po- Euid check your wind- in the fireplace unless it is well propriate g tentially safer and longer-actinshield washer fluid and brake protected blocker that will accom- to make sure they are at fluid making sure all fuels such as the same objectives, levels oils, gas, and antikerosene, adequate Schroeder says. locked freeze are and a boots, safely away and blanket, keep However, the cardiologist cau- cords extension case in are not overthat shovel in trunk you your tions that stopping medication or where circuits to LDS stuck total the placed loading 14,000 visits) get altogether is far more risky than be can when over allow ventilation they tripped proper continuing to take CCBs, even if Hospital emergency department properly store medicine; since the recent warnings turn out to potentially could have been pre-b- e warming up your car in the vented had patients been more morning; never allow your vehi- family members are more likely steps cle to idle inside a closed garage to get colds and other ailments News accounts were numerous awae , saefy to risk never stick your hands near during the winter, a variety of of their minimize injury. after the Journal of the Ameriblades of a snowblower, even medications are likely to be used see we Each the year patients can Medical Association, (MMA)t from if hand inJunes it is turned off; ifthe blades get around the house. Make sure published ah August' 23 reiwt'Wlthnous snowblower accidents, patients jammed, unplug the machine they are stashed away so little about nifedipine an other from gas and carbon and use a stick to loosen ice or ones are not tempted to put them acting CCBs based on one of suffering snow from the blades into their mouths. dress warmly in layers; take Turn on the lights. Wintercare not to overexpose yourself; time depression especially a to conserve heat, be sure to wear problem called SAD, or seasonal a hat, warm socks and boots, and affective disorder often results gloves and mittens; keep your from a lack of light and sunlight. You may notice it especially durears covered to avoid frostbite wear boots or shoes with trac- ing temperature inversions or on tion that will allow you to safely stormy days. The solution: Turn navigate ice on sidewalks or on more lights, open the drapes, or get as much light as possible. stairs take care of any existing med- -' If depression persists, get help. ical conditions; winter can exac- Workshops on depression are erbate many underlying medical held regularly at hospitals and conditions. The air is cold and other locations, including LDS dry and in Salt Lake, pollut- Hospital. If you cant shake your ed and prolonged exposure to it feelings of depression, you may will worsen emphysema or asth- be clinically depressed. You may want to see a professional counma, if you have them for skiselor who can provide counseling prepare or or medication. Social Work Sering snowmobiling trips by checking weather conditions, vices at LDS Hospital, (801) can provide more informawearing adequate clothing and carrying a locator beacon should tion. Wash your hands more than you be caught in eui avalanche; tell somebody where you are go- usual to escape germs and colds ing and what time you intend to and flu. Keep good nutritional return habits, and get plenty of sleep. cold air and the shock and And see your doctor if you have stress of winter activities like a cold you cant shake. Dont let shoveling snow and throwing it turn into something worse by snowballs can bring on angina. ignoring symptoms. If you have heart problems, conFinally, use common sense sult with your physician before and be safety conscious. It just undertaking any major physical may save you a trip to the emeractivities gency room or better yet, it may properly inspect outdoor save your life, says Dr. Mooers. sense Not all accidents are prevent-ris- k shle, but most of them are, says Bruce Mooers, MD, a tided emergency medicine phy-scan Intermountain Health Care s BDS Hospital, one of two level 1 trauma centers in Salt Bake ity. 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