New CPAP Supplies = Safer Sleep

Keep your CPAP mask clean with mask wipes to avoid bacteria.

CPAP/BiPAP equipment is not meant to be used forever. Replace it regularly for your health and safety.

Reduce, reuse, recycle…right? Not when it comes to your CPAP/BiPAP supplies!

It’s important to replace your mask, tubing and filter regularly to keep you breathing safely.

Here are our top 3 reasons to regularly replace your CPAP/BiPAP supplies:

1) Cushions Lose Their Seal

If you find yourself over-tightening your headgear to keep a seal between your mask and your face, your mask cushions have likely worn down. Your mask will not fit comfortably if the cushions are worn, and you can make your skin sore by adjusting your mask too tightly. The mask will not work as effectively without a good seal.

2) Bacteria Can Grow Quickly

The older the mask, the more the materials begin to deteriorate. Scratches, grooves and dents in your equipment are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. To avoid bacteria growth, replace your supplies regularly. Between new supplies, wash your tubing and mask often with mild, soapy water and set them out to air dry away from direct sunlight. Make sure your equipment is completely dry before use- lingering water can also contribute to bacteria growth.

3) Damaging Dirt Adds Up

Dust, dirt and other contaminants can collect in your filter. As they build, they can cause your CPAP/BiPAP machine to overheat, which will damage the motor over time. You can avoid this hassle by replacing your filter frequently. In fact, we will replace your disposable filter for free at our upcoming CPAP/Bi-PAP clinics in Cedar Rapids and Coralville.

Insurance providers typically have a set schedule for how often you can replace your CPAP/BiPAP supplies. The customer care representatives at CarePro Home Medical will be happy to contact your insurance company for you to find out when you are eligible for replacements. It’s our pleasure to answer your CPAP/BiPAP questions, so feel free to call or email us.

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Should You Buy a Lift Chair?

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A lift chair can help you stand and sit easier, but looks and feels like a regular recliner.

What is a lift chair?

A lift chair is a special recliner that is built to help people move easily from a sitting to a standing position. It can be used to lean back or to raise your feet with a footrest, just like a regular recliner. A lift chair is operated with the push of a button. It comes with a built-in mechanism to lift the seat up from a horizontal position to an angle, which helps you get in and out of the chair easier.

Who should use a lift chair?

Lift chairs are ideal for people who have trouble standing or sitting down because of pain, decreased balance or decreased strength and endurance. However, the chair looks just like a regular recliner, so guests and family members can sit in it without noticing any difference.

If you have trouble getting in and out of bed, you may find that a lift chair is an easier alternative for taking naps or occasionally sleeping through the night. However, you should be aware that extended use of any chair as a bed can result in bed sores or other discomforts because a chair limits your ability to move and roll around in your sleep.

Who should NOT use a lift chair?

If you don’t experience pain, imbalance or weakness upon sitting or standing, a lift chair may not be right for you. It’s important as you age to continue using your muscles as much as possible to maintain your strength and agility. In other words, if you don’t need the added assistance to sit or stand, you should probably not purchase a lift chair for that purpose.

Where can I get one?

CarePro Home Medical in Cedar Rapids and Coralville provide lift chairs. We also carry them at CarePro Pharmacy – Pavilion. If you purchase one before March 31, we’ll add heat and massage options to your chair for free!

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How Can Multivitamins Help Me?

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No matter your age, a high quality multivitamin can benefit your health.

Why would you want to take a multivitamin?

Even if you follow a fairly healthy diet, chances are you aren’t getting all of the nutrients you need to look and feel your best. With busy schedules, convenience foods readily available and the daily demands of our bodies, optimal nutrition is pretty hard to achieve with food alone.

Which multivitamin is best for me?

Though the variety of choices of multivitamins can be overwhelming, CarePro pharmacists emphasize that all multivitamins are NOT created equal. There are generally two categories of multivitamins:  one-a-day and professional grade.

  • One-a-day vitamins often cost less than professional grade vitamins. However, one-a-days are usually unable to provide optimal levels of vitamins and minerals. There is only so much you can cram into one supplement and still be able to swallow it.
  • Professional grade vitamins may cost a little more, but will give you a better bang for your buck. These multivitamins are specially formulated with an appropriate amount of vitamins and minerals. Some high quality multivitamins come in doses of 2 or more so your body can properly absorb the nutrients.

A high quality multivitamin can help:

  • fill the gaps in your diet
  • support your immune system
  • supplement your weight loss efforts
  • optimize your health

What about multivitamins for kids?

Just like you, growing kids require extra support for their nutritional needs. Pair that with picky eating habits, and a professional grade multivitamin is a must. CarePro Pharmacies offer high quality multivitamins for kids in a variety of flavors and dosage forms (gummies, chewables and more).

Bonus!

Through March 31, 2015, you can save 20% on all professional grade multivitamins for adults and kids. Ask your CarePro Pharmacist to help you choose the right multivitamins for your family.

Valid on professional grade products only. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer expires March 31, 2015.

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3 Daily Tips for Heart Health

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You're never too old (or too young!) to take care of your heart.

To wrap up National Heart month, we’d like to share this short list of tips to care for your heart every day:

1. Get aerobic exercise. Walk, run, bike or swim- it’s all good for your heart. Aerobic exercise benefits you by maximizing the amount of oxygen in your blood and increasing blood flow to you muscles. Aim for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise per day. If you’re a beginner, start small. Begin with 10 – 15 minutes per day, and work your way up to 30 as you start to feel more energized.

2. Consume healthy fats. Load up on omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce triglyceride levels and support heart health. Omega-3s can be found in salmon, mackerel and other cold water fish. Try serving fish twice per week in place of your regular entrée. Also, consider taking a professional grade omega-3 supplement to add more healthy fatty acids to your diet. Click here for more information about omega-3 fatty acids.

3. Get enough sleep. According to the American Heart Association, poor sleep habits are linked to an increase in high blood pressure, which could cause heart disease. The average person needs 6-8 hours of sleep per night. Kids need more sleep, and seniors may need less.

While this list is far from complete, these 3 tips for heart health can help start you down the path toward a healthier heart. Check with your healthcare provider for a personalized heart health plan.

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CoQ10: Protect Your Heart!

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Some medications deplete coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) from your body. Fight back with a high-quality CoQ10 supplement.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a naturally occurring compound found in every cell of the body. It plays a critical role in:

  • Energy production
  • Antioxidant defense
  • Heart support
  • Nerve protection
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Healthy cell growth

Our muscles use a lot of energy, and they need a lot of CoQ10 to function. But did you know that some medications deplete CoQ10 from the body? Common culprits include:

  • Some blood pressure medications
  • Cholesterol-reducing medications

People who take cardiac medications or statins to lower their cholesterol often experience muscle cramping and weakness due to CoQ10 depletion. CarePro pharmacists can help you find a CoQ10 supplement that is right for you – just ask!

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Benefits of Eating Dark Chocolate

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Dark chocolate contains antioxidants, which are also found in fruits and vegetables.

Dark chocolate is a rich, decadent treat that has heart-healthy benefits (if eaten in moderation). Here are a few perks of eating dark chocolate:

Antioxidants:  These little friends help your body fend off “free radicals” (harmful elements formed by normal body processes and your environment). They help prevent damage to your cells and promote overall health, like helping to keep bad cholesterol from blocking your arteries.

Flavonoids:  These chemicals are found naturally in plants, such as fruits and vegetables. They provide antioxidant protection and help repair damage to your cells.

Moderation is the key. One ounce of dark chocolate (think the size of a matchbook) a few times a week is enough to satisfy your sweet tooth and provide an antioxidant boost. Just remember to include plenty of vegetables and fruits in your diet- they’re naturally rich in antioxidants.

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Healthy Fats Can Boost Your Health

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CarePro Advance Omega helps keep your cell membranes functional and healthy.

Fat = bad, right? WRONG! There are many kinds of fats, and not all of them are bad. Omega-3 fatty acids, for example, are not only healthy to eat, but they are also vital to healthy cell function.

“Essential fatty acids” like omega-3s are found in all the cell membranes in your body, and they play a major role in how well your cell membranes work. The type of fat you consume determines the type of fat in your cell membranes. If you consume too much of the wrong kinds of fat (like saturated fat, cholesterol or trans fatty acids), your cell membranes will not work like they should.

Your body does not manufacture its own essential fatty acids, so you must ingest them. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include flax seed, chia seeds, wild-caught salmon, sardines, anchovies, mackerel and tuna.  But what if you don’t care for seeds or seafood? You can get the proper amount of omega-3 fatty acids by taking a supplement like CarePro Advance Omega, a fish oil supplement. If you consume a healthy amount of essential fatty acids (1500 – 2000mg), your cells will work better, and you will be healthier.

Omega-3 fatty acids have many other health benefits, like improving your hormone function and reducing inflammation. Contact your CarePro pharmacist for more information about how omega-3 fatty acids can help you live a healthier life.

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Relief from Painful UTIs

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Lucinda Harms is one of CarePro's pharmacists who specialize in helping patients feel better.

Sam, a CarePro Pharmacy patient, shares how taking supplements changed not only her health, but also her life:

“For the past 6 years, I have had at least 2 urinary tract infections (UTIs) every month. I couldn’t stop them with anything I tried, even doctors’ suggestions. But, since I came to see pharmacist Lucinda Harms (CarePro Advance Health) about 3 months ago, I haven’t had a single UTI!

Lucinda recommended that I take 2 Fem-Dophilus and 2 Cranberry/d-Mannose supplements per day. I have also started taking 5000 IU of vitamin D and 1 Vital-10 probiotic a day. This is the longest I have gone without a UTI in 6 years. I have saved probably $350 in medical bills (copays and medical charges) in the past 2-3 months. I keep close track of the money that I spend on medical bills, and I have been surprised to have saved so much.

This has been a real life changer for me. I thought that there would be no changing the UTIs for the rest of my life; that I would have to just deal with them and take antibiotics forever. My mood has improved and I have a better overall heath. My doctor has even commented on the changes and overall heath improvements. With the help of the supplements, I have made a 180 degree turn around. I have a better outlook on life as a whole!”

Your health needs are as unique as you are, and CarePro pharmacists are here to help you feel better. Please feel free to call or stop by if you have questions about supplements or your medications.

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Boost Your Immune System with Probiotics

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Probiotics help boost your immune system by increasing good bacteria and decreasing bad bacteria.

Did you know that as much as 80% of your immune system is based in your digestive tract? Give your immune system a boost by taking probiotics daily. They can help reduce the number, severity and duration of colds, flu and other respiratory ailments you’ll have to deal with this winter.

Probiotics help by increasing the amount of “friendly” bacteria that are found naturally in your digestive tract. Friendly bacteria crowd out “bad” bacteria and prevent it from multiplying (which can make you sick). Probiotics also strengthen your body’s ability to suppress inflammation, which causes swelling, soreness and discomfort throughout the body.

The best (and easiest) way to get the probiotics you need is to take a high quality probiotic supplement. CarePro Pharmacies and CarePro Advance Health are featuring probiotics at 20% off for the month of January 2015.

CarePro carries probiotics for infants and children. There are many dosage forms, including chewables, liquids, powders and capsules. Connect with your CarePro pharmacist if you have questions about how probiotics can help you stay healthy this winter.

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Are You Looking for an Event Speaker?

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Lucinda Harms (pictured) and Shauna Hickey, two pharmacists from CarePro, are happy to speak to your organization free of charge.

Are you tired of the same boring presentations at your group or committee meetings? Are you scrambling to find an event speaker with fresh, relevant information?

Don’t worry- CarePro Compounding and CarePro Advance Health pharmacists are happy to speak to your group or organization at no charge! Our team is knowledgeable in a wide variety of topics, such as supplements for weight loss, advancements in hormone replacement therapy and strategies for living gluten-free. Our pharmacists can also share information on the many uses of compounded prescriptions, including the many treatment options available for animals.

CarePro pharmacists love connecting with people in our community, and they enjoy answering your questions. There is so much information (and misinformation) to sift through in the world of pharmacy, and it’s important to our pharmacists that you have information available to make educated decisions about nutrition and treatment options. Our pharmacists are ready to share their expertise with your organization.

If you have a specific topic you’re interested in, or if you aren’t sure where to start, connect with CarePro Compounding or CarePro Advance Health. We’re happy to help you narrow down a topic that fits your organization’s interests. Follow Compounding and Advance Health on Facebook to see new products and learn more about our services and events.

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