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Vol. 4, Issue 1
From tips on healthy aging to stories about the latest clinical advances that can help you live your best life, In The Know is the go-to source for news from UPMC.
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Recognize the Signs
If your partner snores (or if you do), it may be a condition known as sleep apnea. Poor sleep can lead to other health problems like depression, diabetes, and heart disease, so consider these eight signs a wake-up call to check in with your doctor:
- A morning headache
- Dry mouth when you wake up in the morning
- Daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty paying attention while awake
- Loud snoring
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Reports that you stop breathing or gasp for air
Sleep apnea causes patients to stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer. The most common treatment is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), which delivers a constant flow of air through tubing and a mask into your airway to hold the tissues open.
If you are concerned about sleep apnea, schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor.
Schedule Your COVID-19 Vaccine
UPMC is committed to delivering as many COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible, which is a critical step in controlling the pandemic and saving lives.
Effective April 13, all Pennsylvanians 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and we encourage you to schedule your vaccine today. People 65 and older are particularly vulnerable and should arrange to be vaccinated as soon as possible.
Vaccine supplies are still limited, so it may take weeks or even months to vaccinate everyone who wants to receive the vaccine. But by signing up now, you're taking the first step toward scheduling an appointment when there is supply in your area. If you wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from UPMC, you can schedule it today.
If you do not have access to a smartphone or computer, you can call 844-876-2822 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week, for help scheduling.Schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment online with UPMC.
All About Arthritis
About 54 million adults in the United States have arthritis, which causes joint pain and mobility challenges. You may notice joint swelling or stiffness as well as pain upon waking or after exercising.
Arthritis is complex — there are about 100 different types.
Osteoarthritis, the most common type, happens when the cartilage between bones breaks down from wear and tear. It typically affects the bigger joints of the body (hips, knees, spine) but can also occur in fingers, wrists, and toes.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, you should talk to your doctor:
- Cracking, grinding, or popping sounds when you move
- Grinding or grating “bone-on-bone" pain
- Limited range of motion
- Morning stiffness
- Pain and stiffness in one or more weight-bearing joints
- Warmth and swelling over the joint
Time for a Spring Tune-Up
Springtime is an excellent time to take stock of your health, catch up on preventive screenings — like mammograms and colonoscopies — and get back into your exercise routine. While we continue to practice physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, biking and walking outside are two ways to get a mood-boosting workout, especially if you exercise with a friend.
You should also make sure you are up to date on health screenings. If you have not visited your doctor for your annual wellness visit, schedule it now. You may also be due for:
- Cholesterol level check
- Bone density screening
- Colorectal cancer screening
- Hearing and vision testing
- Specialized screenings (for example, CT lung cancer screening for former smokers)
- Vaccinations (for shingles or pneumonia)
World-Class Care for Seniors
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Your primary care doctor can keep an eye on your overall health, help you set wellness goals, and coordinate your advanced care. For personalized care, right here in Erie, call 814-877-5678.
UPMC Hamot accepts most major insurers, including Aetna, BCBS of Western NY, Cigna, Highmark, United Healthcare, and UPMC Health Plan. Insurance questions? Call our helpline at 855-746-8762.Schedule an appointment with a UPMC primary care doctor.