A recent article in amednews has cited a report from the American Arthritis Foundation that emphasises the importance of physical exercise for arthritis patients.
The report states that staying physically active is key to helping people with arthritis reduce painful symptoms but unfortunately not enough people are aware of the benefits.
Exercise and activity "is not part of the regular dialogue that occurs between a physician and their arthritic patient however doctors and other health professionals should talk with patients about their pain, fears of worsening symptoms and other physical problems they believe limit their physical activity, and help them find solutions" said Arthritis Foundation President and CEO John Klippel.
This report and article has certainly highlighted the contemporary approach around activity and arthritis and Fitness Plus will definitely adopt the recomendations and advice provided within the report.
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A recent study published in the Journal of Hypertension examined whether conventional rectangular cuffs resulted in the same blood pressure (BP)readings as conical cuffs.
The study looked specifically at patients with large arms i.e. circumferences of 37.5-42.5cm.
Of the 220 subjects measured 15% were hypertensive or had clinically high BP when assessed with the rectangular cuff but were normotensive when assessed with the conical cuff.
The 'standard' issues regarding the general reliability of BP measures aside, the study conclusion that large rectangular cuffs may overestimate BP is interesting and worth keeping in mind if/when BP is being taken by different 'practitioners' in different settings e.g. doctor or GP vs. gym vs. staff health or wellness checks.
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