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 Consultations in all aspects of medicine including
Facial Cosmetics, anti-wrinkle, dermal and lip fillers
Family Planning, sexual health, coil and implant insertions
Minor surgery and skin
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Posts tagged “doctor explains”

Doctor Explains Apple Watch for Health? | Heart, Hearing & Cycle Tracking 👩‍⚕️

Join me as I discuss all the medical features of the Apple Watch Series 5 and how they can help keep you healthy.

COMPANION VIDEOS

Apple Watch Series 4: https://youtu.be/o3lFCO26UA8

iPhone 11 Pro: https://youtu.be/HUs2TzGr3Ik

Which Stethoscope To Buy: https://youtu.be/MhvwEGBd8Yo

Doctor Plays 2 Point Hospital: https://youtu.be/N1AT7Mfd0x4

WHERE TO BUY

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HEART RATE

On average the heart pumps blood 60-100 times a minute. The Apple watch monitors the heart function and it does this by using a sensor on the back, for this to work accurately, during setup you need to enter in your height, weight, gender and age. It gives you an alert if your heart rate is too high or too low.

Having a high heart rate - over 100 beats a minute can be a sign of an irregular heart rhythm, otherwise known as an arrhythmia, An example of this is Atrial Fibrillation. This is where the heart pumps quickly in a chaotic manor which can then cause small plaques or clots to break off from vessels causing serious medical conditions such as a stroke or other heart conditions. So with this regard the Apple watch certainly is useful, in fact there has been cases reported of people being correctly diagnosed via the watch for Atrial Fibrillation, prompting them to seek medical attention and potentially saving their lives.

But what about a low heart rate? This is a heart rate under 60 beats per minute, this can be normal in some situations, for example an athlete may have a lower resting heart rate. Similarly some medications or illnesses such as an under-active thyroid can also cause a low heart rate. It is important that you discuss your target heart rate with your medical doctor so that you can accurately use your Apple watch.

People who have an abnormally high or low heart rate may also have symptoms, such as fatigue, dizziness, lethargy, shortness or breath or fainting. Again if you do have these symptoms despite having a normal heart rate it is important to discuss this with your medical doctor and remember that the Apple Watch doesn’t check for all types of abnormal heart conditions.

ECG/EKG

You may have seen the ECG/ EKG function (electrocardiogram) on TV shows like Scrubs, House, Casualty or Holby City, where we put stickers onto your chest to have a look at the electrical activity of the heart. It helps us to determine any rhythm defects, whether you’ve had a recent heart attack or any structural problems related to having a murmur. This feature is yet to be released to Australia.

MENSTRUAL CYCLE

One of the new health features is the ability to monitor and track the regularity of periods and any associated symptoms. This is particularly useful in patients who have underlying medical conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or for those who are wishing to get pregnant or those going through the menopause.

NOISE

Another new feature of the Apple watch is the noise application. Background noise ranges from 65-70 Decibels and doesn’t usually cause damage. Long term or repeated exposure to 85 decibels can cause damage, examples include motorbike or dirt bike.

PEDOMETER

We’ve all heard of step counts, step count this, step count that, 10,000 steps. We know that by having an active lifestyle, we’ll be healthier.

However, if you’re doing 10,000 steps a day and you’re eating KFC, Burger King, Bob’s Burgers, you’re probably not on the right track to having a healthy lifestyle.

FALLS DETECTION

The Apple Watch has a gyroscope and an accelerator and when a hard fall is detected an alert is sent to your watch. You can then press on the screen to say you’re ok, or if you remain immobile and don’t disable the alert after 60 seconds it will call the emergency services. This is particularly useful for certain groups of people, such as epileptics or the elderly.

CONCLUSION

As you can see the Apple watch has a number of medical features which have a number of benefits if used correctly. Please note however, that the Apple watch nor the contents of this video are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or medical condition.

Thanks for watching and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to drop me a line in the comments section below.

Take care and stay healthy 😊

Dr Nora 💉

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Doctor Explains Birth Control IUD | Benefits, Sides Effects and More 🚺

I was interviewed by Milla Med Talks about the different Intra-Uterine Devices (IUD) that are available as birth control options in Australia.

We discuss two long acting contraceptives which can be used whether or not you’ve had children, are reversible and require one treatment only. The first of which is the hormonal IUD, which in Australia is available as the Mirena. The second is the non-hormonal option, known more commonly as the Copper Coil.

Both these treatments are reversible and can be over 99% effective for birth control, but please note they do not protect against sexually transmitted infections.

COMPANION VIDEOS

Milla Med Talks: https://youtube.com/channel/UChFSvAX6P98YkHg8eoBY4xA

Differences between IUD’s: https://youtu.be/x1stoHmJtqw

Women’s Health Tips: https://youtu.be/VviAotOsXg4

Cervical Screening Explained: https://youtu.be/c26OVcHPr4o

Free Breast Screening: https://youtu.be/quClz8rA6jc

WHAT ARE HORMONES?

Hormones are used to regulate physiology and behaviour, and the one used by the Mirena is a synthetic hormone for a chemical that is released locally in the womb for birth control.

HORMONAL IUD

The IUD is a small flexible plastic T. shaped device that fits inside the womb of a lady. It has a cylinder at the bottom which releases a steady amount of hormone every day over a period of up to five years. In Australia, it is available as the Mirena, but in other countries you can find other brands such as Skyla, Jaydess, Kyleena and Liletta as well as Mirena.

It works by changing the mucus in the cervix making it harder for sperm to move through.

It thins the womb lining, making your periods lighter and reducing the likelihood of the womb accepting a fertilised egg. It also inhibits sperm from reaching or fertilising your egg.

COPPER COIL (IUD)

An IUD is a small T-shaped plastic and copper device that’s inserted into your womb (uterus) by a specially trained doctor or nurse.

The IUD works by stopping the sperm and egg from surviving in the womb or fallopian tubes. It may also prevent a fertilised egg from implanting in the womb.

In Australia it’s available as Multiload or Copper T. With Multiload working for up to 5 years and Copper T working up to 10 years.

DIFFERENCES

The main difference between the two is that the Mirena uses a synthetic hormone which can lead to lighter and less painful periods. However, some women do experience adverse side-effects such as headaches, acne and breast tenderness, this can reduce over the first few months depending on your body. The Copper Coil works without hormones so there are less side-effects, however it does often lead to heavier and painful periods especially for the first few months.

TREATMENT

The treatment time takes between 10-20 minutes, it can be uncomfortable. So it is very important to take pain relief such as paracetamol and an anti-inflammatory 30 minutes to an hour beforehand.

As with all invasive treatments, there are risks involved.

- One in 1,000 insertions can perforate the womb, which can cause pain in the lower abdomen or at worst a trip to the hospital for surgery.

- One in 200 times the device may fall out, most likely to happen soon after it’s fitted.

- There is a small risk of getting an infection

- As it is not 100% effective against pregnancy, there is a small chance this can occur which may lead to an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside of the womb) or a miscarriage. These are considered to be serious and you must seek medical advice without delay should this occur.

PRACTITIONERS

Did you know that I also have F.S.R.H. in the title of my name? Well, that stands for having a diploma from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, meaning that I specialise in sexual health and family planning.

It’s really important that you see an appropriately trained medical practitioner.

At the higher end you can see a Gynaecologist who is a doctor that focuses on women’s reproductive health.

You can also see a Specialist General Practitioner, you can identify one usually by looking for titles in their name (for example, DFSRH means they’d have a diploma from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health), alternatively you can ask for accreditation.

Specialist Nurses with additional training and accreditation can also perform the treatment.

Please ensure that you seek an accredited medical practitioner, as this is not a routine procedure.

I hope that you’ve found this video useful and as always if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to drop me a line in the comments section below.

Take care and stay healthy,

Dr Nora

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Wuhan Coronavirus - What You Should Know & How Doctors Protect Themselves

With 4 confirmed cases of the novel virus at present in Australia, measures are being taken to help stop the propagation of the virus.

In today’s episode of Dr Nora I talk to you about my battle of finding protective measures to protect myself and my patients.

It is thought that the virus may be transmitted through airborne droplets from sneezing or coughing and it is felt that the P2/N95 mask may offer some protection. As a health care practitioner seeing around 50 patients a day it is my utmost priority to look after my patients and ensure that they are safe. After work I rushed over to my local hardware store and enquired about the mask. Unfortunately, they and all of their other franchises had run out and the only ones left were darth-Vader-esq masks.

After much deliberation I got over the aesthetics and remembered the purpose and brought one. As I drove away I thought I would call local pharmacies to check their stocks. After calling 20 different pharmacies over a span of 60km I was met with the same response ‘sorry we’re out of stock’.

Rather fortunately I drove past the hospital and thought perhaps I could ask my colleagues there and explain the situation. After speaking with the staff in ED they kindly gave me a mask for myself and my staff.

WHAT IS WUHAN CORONAVIRUS?

Wuhan is a city in China where the virus originated from. It is not fully understood how the virus is transmitted but it is believe that it originated in a live seafood market and has so far affected over 1000 people in China with around 40 people dying. It is believed that this who have died from the virus have had underlying medical conditions.

Australia has received its first confirmed case this weekend and to date there are 4 cases in two states, NSW and QLD.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

The virus causes symptoms pneumonia, including, fever, cough, shortness of breath and feeling unwell and tired. It is believed that there is an incubation period of around 14 days which means that someone may not know they have the virus immediately.

WHO IS AT RISK?

Those who have travelled to Wuhan or those who have close contacts with someone who has recently travelled or has a confirmed case.

HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF?

Usual hygiene measures are crucial such as regular hand washing. It has currently not been recommended for the general public to use a mask outside of the health care setting.

WHERE TO BUY P2 MASKS?

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I THINK I HAVE WUHAN WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If you have a suspicion you may be affected as perhaps you’ve recently travelled from there or know a close contact. You should maintain isolation and seek medical help. It is imperative that before you go to a doctor or the ED you must call ahead so that protective measures may be taken. You will need to be in isolation to protect others around you and hence stop the propagation of this virus.

Tests can be performed to confirm the virus and treatment may be initiated. The virus is new and not much information has been released. Scientists are working on a vaccination though this can take time.

Together with your help we can stop the propagation of the virus.

COMPANION VIDEOS

Diastolic Dysfunction: https://youtu.be/p-IEhWqpPNA

Flu Season: https://youtu.be/vZBCL-PgarA

Cervical Screening: https://youtu.be/c26OVcHPr4o

Type 2 Diabetes: https://youtu.be/UUBuDnVqpkM

Enlarged Prostate: https://youtu.be/PXGwU5AsGLM

I hope you’ve found this video useful and always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line below.

Take care and stay healthy,

Dr Nora

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