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March 2010


MEDICAL MATTERS
Heartburn or Heart Problems?
Submitted By Karla Anderson, Publisher of the Triangle Edition

Many patients mistake the pain of heartburn and cardiac chest pain for one another. This is due to the anatomical location of the heart and the esophagus as well as a similarity in the symptoms. Cardiac and heartburn chest pain can both be associated with discomfort in the chest and may worsen with eating heavy meals. Both types of chest pain may worsen with exercise and when bending over.

At Rex Heartburn Center, Connie Dale, R.N. and Rhonda Dickerson, R.N. take calls at the Rex Heartburn Center. One of the first questions raised to the Heartburn Center staff came from Dr. Douglas Hammer, a well known and respected Rex physician.

“How will you be able to tell whether the patient you are interviewing is having chest pain from gastric reflux or from a heart attack?”

The truth is, we can’t tell. There is no magic interview to rule out one or the other. However, when our self- referral patients call in with symptoms common to both diseases such as chest pain, radiating epigastric pain and nausea, they are immediately referred to the emergency department and we offer to call 9-1-1 for them.

Once it is determined that the heart is not the cause of their symptoms, these patients are usually referred to a gastroenterologist. Rex Heartburn Center staff will arrange an appointment with a gastroenterologist on the heartburn panel. The gastroenterologist will look for any upper gastrointestinal abnormality such as esophageal spasms, peptic ulcer and gastric reflux. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is often diagnosed in these cases. If the patient’s work up is negative for reflux, we’ll ensure the patient is continuing with their physician in finding the correct cause.

Those who are diagnosed with gastric reflux are followed for one year at Rex Heartburn Center. Although the majority of our patients are improved when interviewed at four weeks, we listen very carefully to their answers. Recently diagnosed GERD patients may be prone to attribute new epigastric or chest pain to reflux rather than to their heart. A state of denial, common among heart attack victims, furthers this risky self assessment.

As we call our patients throughout the year, we are particularly aware of those with a history of coexisting heart problems. Chest pain, radiating epigastric pain, and nausea in these patients will warrant further investigation and necessitate a call to their cardiologist.

If you’re interested in finding heartburn relief fast, call Rex Heartburn Center at (919) 784-2876 or click on the logo below.

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BENEFITS AND LEGAL ISSUES
Are You Sure You're Receiving ALL of Your Benefits?
Submitted by John Brennan

Many older people need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities and other basic needs. Ironically, millions of older Americans — especially those with limited incomes — are eligible for but not receiving benefits from existing federal, state and local programs. Ranging from heating and energy assistance to prescription savings programs to income supplements, there are many public programs available to seniors in need if they only knew about them and how to apply for them.

Developed and maintained by The National Council on Aging (NCOA), BenefitsCheckUp is the nation's most comprehensive Web-based service to screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources.

BenefitsCheckUp includes more than 1,850 public and private benefits programs from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, such as:

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  • Health care
  • Social Security
  • Housing
  • In-home services
  • Tax relief
  • Transportation
  • Educational assistance
  • Employment
  • Volunteer services

Since 2001, millions of people have used BenefitsCheckUp to find benefits programs that help them pay for prescription drugs, health care, rent, utilities, and other needs.

Visit www.benefitscheckup.org and find all of the benefits you're entitled to today.


FINANCIAL FORUM
Downsizing From a Financial Perspective
Submitted By Tracy Willard, Publisher of the Triad Edition & SeniorStyle Contributor

By Win Alexander, Certified Move Manager, Home to Home in Guilford

Most people start to think of downsizing when the last child moves out or when faced with a health issue. Today many empty nesters are approaching downsizing as part of their retirement strategy. Downsizing has many benefits and the most underrated one is money.

A hypothetical example is as follows: you sell a $250,000 home (3000 sq foot) and in turn purchase a $150,000 home (1800 sq foot). The following figures are just assumptions to show an example of what might be saved.

Reduced Mortgage:

$6,804 ANNUAL SAVING S (based on 5.5% rates and a thirty year note)

Reduced Property Taxes:

$1 ,380 ANNUAL SAVINGS (based on GSO/Guilford County tax rates)

Reduced Utility bills:

$2 ,400 ANNUAL SAVINGS (smaller house lower utilities)

Reduced Maintenance costs:

$2 ,400 ANNUAL SAVINGS (smaller house lower maintenance bills and saving requirements)

A GRAND TOTAL OF 12,984 ANNUAL SAVINGS

In a ten year period that accumulates to $129,840 in savings. Considering a 15 year investment in the stock market one could easily expect to increase this amount to $325,000. This is quite an incentive for downsizing, money to spend or to save, e .g . as key money for entering into a nice CCRC.

There are numerous additional benefits to downsizing which include:

-Reducing your carbon foot print

-Less time needed for cleaning and maintaining your home, more free time to enjoy

-Allows for a more organized lifestyle

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