Valentine’s Day is all about showing your love for your significant other. But what if it were also about showing your love for perfect strangers?
February 14th is National Donor Day, a day of awareness about how registering to be an organ donor can give someone a second chance at life. Does your driver’s license currently indicate that you are a donor? If not, and you’d like your organs (as well as potentially your tissues, marrow, platelets and blood) to help someone else after you are no longer here, sign up to be a donor today. In the time it takes you to register, someone with a life-threatening condition will be added to the waitlist.
Wondering if your registration will really make a difference? Here are a few statistics that help underscore the need for more donors:
18 people will die each day while waiting for a new organ
1 organ donor can save up to eight lives total
In particular, there is a need for more minority donors. While organs are not matched according to race/ethnicity, there is a greater likelihood that compatible blood types and tissue markers – the critical elements of the matching process – will be found among members of the same ethnicity. Thus, a greater diversity of donors could potentially increase access to transplantation, which is essentially the only treatment for end-stage organ failure (e.g. kidney failure, heart failure, liver failure).
You’ve all heard this fact before: heart disease (including heart attacks and heart failure) is the leading cause of death among American men and women, claiming around 600,000 lives each year. But what are you doing about it? Are you and your family working on the controllable risk factors that play a role in this largely preventable disease?
For example, how are you doing with these controllable risk factors?
During American Heart Month this February, it’s the perfect time to ride the momentum of your New Year’s resolutions and move towards a more heart-healthy lifestyle. That means making small to large changes in your daily routine that really pay off. From what you eat to how much walking you do, take stock of what you can control…and share your experiences with other PatientsLikeMe members.
Not sure where to start? Use a BMI calculator to find out whether your Body Mass Index (BMI) falls within a healthy range. Also, make sure you go in for an annual checkup this year, which will give you and your doctor a chance to look at your cholesterol, blood pressure and heartbeat. That way, if there’s a red flag anywhere, you can start doing something about it sooner rather than later.
Metoprolol Succ ER (the common abbreviation for Metoprolol Succinate ER and a generic form of Toprol XL) is an extended release formulation of the drug metoprolol, which is used for the treatment of angina or hypertension and to reduce mortality/hospitalization in patients with heart failure who are already receiving cardiac and diuretic medications.
At PatientsLikeMe, where more than 120,000 patients are sharing their experiences with conditions, symptoms, treatments and more, 185 patients report using Metoprolol Succ ER. What can we learn from these patients’ experiences? Quite a bit, actually, thanks to PatientsLikeMe’s unique data-sharing platform. For example, the most commonly reported duration amongst current users is two years or more, while the most commonly reported dosage at PatientsLikeMe is 50mg daily.
Wondering about Metoprolol Succ ER side effects? Some of the commonly reported side effects include loss of energy, fatigue, excessive daytime drowsiness and weight gain. Check out the 29 treatment evaluations of Metoprolol Succ ER submitted by our patients to gain even more insight. For example, the following are several tips submitted by Metroprolol Succ ER users on their evaluations:
“Remember to get up slowly. [This drug] has been making me very light headed and dizzy. Also be sure to hydrate frequently.”
“Try to take it everyday at the same time – I am really bad at this, so I’ve started taking at night.”
“When I miss a dose or two, I get an instant, awful, pounding headache on the top of my head, as my blood pressure goes through the roof, and my ears turn beet red and I can literally feel the heat coming off of them.”
“Be prepared to feel cold physically when taking this medication. Dress warmly even when in air conditioning.”
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