There is nothing new about the fact that walking briskly for at least ten minutes each day will improve your over all health. What was news, good news, is the increase in the number of adults walking for exercise on a regular basis. This past August there was a short article in the New York Times Health Section: More Americans Are Going for A Walk, sharing statistics from a CDC study reporting that the percentage of Americans who walk at least 20 minutes a day has increased from 55.7% in 2005 to 62.0% in 2010. The study reported regional differences in these numbers, with southern states having a higher rate of increase than northern states.
Reliable Online Resources
We know more and more of our patients are doing on-line research about symptoms and treatment options and we encourage you to learn as much as you can. The ever increasing availability of on-line information is a great resource. However, it is really important to be sure the information you are gathering is up to date, medically sound and unbiased. We want to help you access to the very best online medical information available. Here’s a short note to share a few online resources we think are reliable. As you visit these sites, you may want to book mark them for future reference:
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients, their families and friends. It is maintained by the National Library of Medicine, to provide information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues to the public. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere at no cost.
The Public Health Information Network (PHIN) published by the Center for Disease Control is another reliable source of information on a wide range of health issues from personal concerns like Deep Vein Thrombosis blood clots to public health related issues such as questions about vaccine recalls.
We also recommend sites published by non-profit health organizations such as the American Diabetes Association, The American Cancer Society and the National Kidney Foundation. These sites are rich in medical and practical information as well as offering support resources. For example, here is a page from the National Kidney Foundation’s site discussing diet for patients that are about to begin dialysis and a page from the American Diabetes Association about PAD, Peripheral Arterial Disease.
The Vascular Disease Foundation has great information about how the vascular system works as well as vascular diseases. Here’s a link to their interactive map showing the blood vessels of the body.
Finally, there are excellent private resources available. The Mayo Clinic offers comprehensive guides on thousands of disease and symptoms as does Johns Hopkins and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s descriptions of cancer treatment options.
We’ve integrated these wonderful resources into our site, to help our patients understand their conditions and treatment options. However, we know there is no substitute for a doctor who cares and takes the time to listen. That is one of our guiding principles at the University Surgical Vascular.