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Health Tips for June 5

Posted Oct 23 2008 2:23pm
Health Tip: Prepare for a Cardio Stress Test

A cardiovascular stress test is performed to help detect any heart problem during exercise. During the test, a person walks on a treadmill at increasing levels of difficulty while a doctor monitors heart activity.

To help ensure the most accurate results, the University of Michigan Health System suggests:

* The night before the test, be sure to get plenty of rest.
* About two or three hours before the test, eat a light meal.
* Avoid caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea or soda. Drink water or fruit juice instead.
* Unless your doctor says otherwise, take all of your daily medications as prescribed.
* Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and shoes comfortable for walking or running.
* Use the bathroom before the test.

Health Tip: Playground Safety

Before your child visits a new playground, parents should inspect the facility to be sure it's safe.

To help protect your child from injury, the National Program for Playground Safety offers these guidelines:

* Make sure that you or another trusted adult is always supervising your child's play.
* To prevent possible strangulation, don't allow your child to play while he's wearing clothing with drawstrings.
* The playground should have age-appropriate equipment in separate sections, so that younger children can avoid injury from older children's play and equipment.
* Playground surfaces should provide cushion in the event of a fall -- surfaces that are concrete, grass, asphalt, gravel or packed dirt can contribute to injuries. Acceptable surfaces include hardwood fiber/mulch, pea gravel, sand, or rubber mats.
* All equipment should be properly rooted to the ground, with no loose, rusting, or missing parts.
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