Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | September 10, 2012

Health & Wellness Trivia Answers!

1. What are three possible signs of hearing loss?

There are many possible signs of hearing loss, and these changes may often be gradual and go unnoticed. Some of the signs of hearing loss may include the following: difficulty hearing over the telephone, difficulty hearing in the presence of background noise, frequently asking others to repeat what they’ve said, finding yourself straining to hear, frequently misunderstanding what people are saying, and needing to turn up the volume on devices more frequently. A common type of hearing loss is noise-induced hearing loss, and much of this can be prevented by taking the appropriate safety measures. To learn more about noise-induced hearing loss and ways to prevent it, visit the Noise-Induced Hearing Loss page on the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) website at: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/pages/noise.aspx.

2. What are the two primary types of cholesterol?

The two primary types of cholesterol are LDL and HDL. LDL (low-density lipoproteins) is what is commonly known as “bad” cholesterol, and HDL (high-density lipoproteins) is referred to as “good” cholesterol. It is important to know your stats and keep these numbers in check, and levels can be checked with a simple blood test. Elevated LDL can increase one’s risk for heart disease and damaging blood clots. To learn more about factors that can influence cholesterol levels, visit the page on What Causes High Blood Cholesterol on the National Institutes of Health: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute website at:  http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hbc/causes.html.

3. What are the different types of stroke?

The two main types of stroke include ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. Ischemic is the most common type and occurs due to a blockage which prevents blood flow to the brain. Hemorrhagic stroke is much less common and occurs when a blood vessel ruptures, thus causing bleeding in the brain. In addition to the two main types, there is also what is known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA), or “mini-stroke.” While TIA’s may be short-lasting and caused by a temporary blockage, they are still very serious and are a sign of a potentially life-threatening health problem. To learn more about TIA’s and other stroke information, visit the American Stroke Association website at: http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/.

4. What are three recommended ways to prevent heart disease?

Even though heart disease is a prevalent issue in our society and top cause for many fatalities, the good news is that it is possible to prevent it! There are a number of ways to prevent heart disease and decrease your risk. As mentioned above, cholesterol can be a big factor in heart disease prevention, so managing this is a great first step. In addition, managing blood pressure and maintaining a healthy diet are also important steps in prevention. Other steps include weight management, being physically active, reducing blood sugar and avoiding smoking. Fortunately, the majority of risk factors are within your control, and your health is worth the effort! For more information on heart disease, visit the American Heart Association website at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/.

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

-National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD): Ten Ways to Recognize Hearing Loss.  http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/pages/10ways.aspx.

-National Institutes of Health: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: What is Cholesterol? http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hbc/.

-American Heart Association: Conditions: What are my chances of getting heart disease? http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/MyHeartandStrokeNews/What-Are-My-Chances-of-Getting-Heart-Disease-Infographic_UCM_443749_SubHomePage.jsp.

-American Stroke Association: About Stroke: Types of Stroke: http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/TypesofStroke/Types-of-Stroke_UCM_308531_SubHomePage.jsp.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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