8 Ways to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Posted on: October 17th, 2016 by BrevardBlogger No Comments


Approximately one out of every eight women will develop invasive breast cancer during her life. While there is no way to completely eliminate your chances of getting cancer, there are some things women can do to decrease their risk:



We’ve all heard that “breast is best” for baby, but it has added benefits for mom as well. By breastfeeding your infant, you also decrease your risk for cancer.


  • Cut back on alcohol intake.


The American Cancer Society states that women who have two to five drink a day have 1.5 times the risk of developing breast cancer than women who don’t drink at all. Drinking can increase your chances of developing other cancers as well.


  • Increase your physical activity.


Evidence shows that regular, moderate exercise can decrease a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer by up to 18 percent.


  • Keep a healthy weight after menopause.


Prior to menopause, most of women’s estrogen comes from their ovaries, while a small amount comes from fat tissue. That ratio flips after menopause, enabling a higher concentration of fatty tissue can increase estrogen levels, further raising the risk of breast cancer. Being overweight can also add to insulin levels, which is linked to a higher risk of cancer.


  • Don’t smoke.


There’s now evidence that smoking increases the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women.


  • Limit hormone therapy.


It’s common for women to receive hormone therapy in order to control the symptoms of menopause. However, higher doses over long periods of time can increase the risk of breast cancer. The Mayo Clinic recommends that women take the lowest dose possible and ask their doctor to monitor the length of time they are on hormone supplements.


  • Avoid radiation.


Computerized tomography and other medical-imaging methods use a large amount of radiation. There are some cases where it is vital to have these tests done, but if a woman is already at a high risk of developing breast cancer, she might want to ask her doctor about alternatives.


  • Eat a Mediterranean diet.


Healthy eating is good for you in general, and some of the foods found in Mediterranean diets is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. These include extra-virgin olive oil, fish and nuts.


While there is no sure-fire way to completely eliminate your risk, following these steps can possibly reduce your chances of developing this pervasive disease. At Brevard Medica,  we are here for you and all your medical needs.

5 Tips for Healthy Aging

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 by BrevardBlogger No Comments


They say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. However, when it comes to your age and achieving new health milestones, nothing could be further from the truth! There’s a lot you can do to improve your heath and functionality well into your 60’s and beyond. Since September is Healthy Aging Month, Brevard Medical is excited to provide you hints and tips to help you age like the best:

  • Do Daily Stretches

Even five minutes a day can help. Stretching increases flexibility, relieving discomfort from arthritis and other chronic conditions. Doing this daily can also help strengthen your muscles and sense of balance, which may mean a lower risk of a fall.


  • Workout


You don’t need to do anything strenuous. Simply taking a walk around the block can be beneficial for your health. Many seniors find that as they start exercising, they expand what kinds of movements they’re able to do. Strengthening your muscles also has the added potential benefit of lowering your blood pressure and weight!


  • Preventative maintenance


Things such as yearly checkups, flu shots and getting screened for cancer are key to keeping your health up. It’s also important to keep your eye on high blood pressure or the early stages of diabetes.


  • Stay Connected


This can get harder as we age, but maintaining healthy relationships with friends and family members has been proven to extend people’s lifetime. Making an effort to stay connected to your loved ones helps you be proactive in your own health.


  • Maintain a Positive Outlook


If you see the glass as half full… then it really is! A nine-year study found that seniors who described themselves as optimistic had a 55 percent lower risk of dying during that time period than those who described themselves as pessimists. Having a positive outlook on life can impact your physical health as well for the better.


By following these steps, you’ll hopefully be able to boost your personal wellness throughout your Golden Years. At Brevard Medical, we specialize in helping individuals age in-home. Call us today to find out how we can equip you to remain in the same household where you have formed so many life-long relationships.

How Compression Socks Can Significantly Help These 6 Types of People

Posted on: September 12th, 2016 by BrevardBlogger No Comments


What do pregnant women, frequent flyers and athletes all have in common? They can all benefit from compression socks!

A compression sock (or compression stocking) is a garment that covers your calves, part of or all of your foot and sometimes your lower thighs. They aid in blood circulation, and are often prescribed to patients with lower extremity conditions such as various venous disorders or blood clots.

However, compression socks aren’t limited to those with specific medical conditions; they can be beneficial to many others as well:

Frequent Flyers- Staying in a sitting position for long periods of time is not good for blood circulation. In fact, it can increase the risk for deep-vein thrombosis, or blood clots. Compression socks can help by boosting circulation to the lower extremities while seated. They can also help with affects associated with altitude change.

Pregnant Women- Many women are familiar with that deep ache and tiredness that comes from carrying the extra weight of a child all day. One of the benefits of compression socks is increased support and comfort, giving women relief from tired, crampy legs and swollen feet and ankles.

Athletes- If you’re in the type of sport that requires a lot of running, you’re probably familiar with the fatigue that sets in during and after training sessions. Compression socks offer relief to your muscles and joints by encouraging increased blood flow to the affected limbs.

Nurses or Caregivers- From being on your feet all day to lifting patients, you put a lot of strain on your muscles and joints. By increasing lower extremity circulation, compression socks can aid in your overall comfort.

Office Workers- The boosted blood flow from compression socks has the same benefits for office workers as it does for the frequent flyer, since they’re both in a sitting position for extended periods of time.

Retail workers: Let’s face it, standing on your feet all day is exhausting. One way you can give yourself relief is by putting on a pair of compression socks. They can help you the same way they help nurses and caregivers.

The best part about compression socks is that they don’t have to cramp your style! They come in all shapes, sizes and colors, from the crew cut to thigh-high. We have a wide variety, from colorful striped compression socks to invisible hose. Call us today, or check out our online catalog.

COPD and the Heat: Tips for Coping

Posted on: August 4th, 2016 by BrevardBlogger No Comments


Summertime—the word conjures up sunny days, beaches, vacations and relaxation. But this idyllic time of year also has its downsides—bug bites, thunderstorms and extreme heat. If you live with COPD, you know how hard hot days are! At Brevard Medical Equipment, we encourage you to take advantage of all the benefits of summer while still taking health precautions. That’s why we’re offering the following tips on how to beat the heat:

  • Stay inside as much as possible between 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., especially on the days where the heat and the humidity are at their most extreme. If you don’t have air conditioning at your house, go someplace that does during this time. Places such as the mall or the public library are good spots to take refuge in. If you’re in your golden years, your community may also have a senior center for you to stay at as well.
  • If you must be outside, concentrate your activities during the morning or evening, when the sun is less intense. Make sure you take plenty of breaks in an air conditioned room.
  • Increase your water intake. This is important in helping thin the mucous, which helps ease COPD symptoms. You should also avoid sugary and alcoholic drinks, as these can also contribute to dehydration.
  • Invest in a dehumidifier—in fact, have several throughout the house. Like the old saying goes, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” While we don’t completely agree with that—heat is bad for COPD—relieving those awful symptoms that come with humidity can go a long way to helping you feel better.

Remember, it’s not worth it to end up in the hospital because you pushed yourself too hard. The experts at Brevard Medical Equipment can help. We carry portable oxygen concentrators and accessories. We can also come service your oxygen concentrator in an emergency. Stop by our location today to start breathing better today!

6 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Stairlift

Posted on: August 4th, 2016 by BrevardBlogger No Comments


If you’ve made the decision to age in-home, chances are you’ll eventually need an accessibility solution such as a stairlift. Stairlifts can be a major investment, so it’s not a decision most take lightly. Here are some questions we recommend you ask before selecting your new stairlift, courtesy of Brevard Medical Equipment:

  • Who will install the stairlift?

Most places that sell stairlifts will also install them, but not always. Make sure that whoever does install the stairlift is authorized to do so by the manufacturer. Some stairlift manufacturers will not honor the warranty if it was not installed by an authorized installer.

  • Is there enough room on my staircase for a stairlift?

There are many adaptable fittings that can make installing a stairlift a reality, even for narrow staircases. Our experts can evaluate your home ahead of time to make sure the stairlift is the best fit for your home.

  • What kind of stairlift should I get? 

Brevard Medical Equipment carries stairlifts for both straight and curved staircases. Typically, you will need a curved stairlift if there is a landing on your staircase, but you can choose two straight stairlifts as well. We also offer heavy-duty stairlifts for users who weigh 300 pounds or more.

  • How much will the stairlift cost?

The analogy we like to use is that installing a stairlift is like installing carpet—the cost all depends on what you get, and how much of it you need!

  • How easy is it to use the stairlift?


If you have limited manual dexterity due to arthritis or other conditions, look for a stairlift with light-touch controls. Some models come with remote controls, which can be convenient if you have more than one person using the stairlift.


  • What safety features should I look for?

 Look for things such as seats that can swivel for you to get on and off easily, but will lock in place when it’s moving. You should also ask if your stairlift comes with sensors on the foot platform that stop the unit if there’s an obstruction in its path.


Brevard Medical Equipment is here to help you move independently in your own home. Call us today to schedule an appointment to get an evaluation of your home.

4 Ways to Stay Safe and Cool by the Pool

Posted on: July 8th, 2016 by BrevardBlogger No Comments


On those scorching summer days, there’s nothing like plunging into the local pool. While most public swimming holes have a plethora of lifeguards on duty, it’s still important to keep you and your children safe. Each year, the United States sees an average of ten drownings per day. Ensure your safety this summer and stick to these tips next time you’re in the water:

  • Learn to swim. Swimming lessons aren’t just for kids. Many communities offer adult swimming lessons for those who can’t swim well or never learned as children. If you never had swimming lessons as a child, consider picking up this skill over the summer!
  • Don’t Drink and Swim. While it may be relaxing to float around the pool with a cocktail, this situation can turn bad quickly. Alcohol can cause you to become disoriented in the water, so if you fall in, you may not be able to find your way back to the surface. The same is true of some prescription drugs, so ask your doctor if it’s a good idea to swim after taking certain medication.
  • Keep an Eye on the Kids. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1-4 in the United States. Make sure your children have swimming lessons early on, and that they’re monitored at all times in the pool.
  • Don’t Rely on Air-Filled Toys. These assistive floatations may help you for a while, but they cannot save your life in a deadly situation. Instead, use them for fun when playing in shallow water.

These tips can help you and your little ones stay safe this summer. For all your other safety and mobility equipment, give us a call at Brevard Medical  Equipment or stop by today!

Choosing out the Right Sunglasses to Protect Your Eyes

Posted on: July 4th, 2016 by BrevardBlogger No Comments


Sunglasses first became popular during the Hollywood golden years, when movie stars would wear them to both protect their eyes from the bright lights on sets, and to hide their identity from fans. While there’s no denying that sunglasses still carry a definite mystique, in today’s blog we’re going to show you another thing they’re meant to conceal—UV rays!

We often grab for our favorite pair when we’re headed out for a day in the outdoors, but your sunglasses should be doing more than just keeping you from constantly squinting. If your go-to pair isn’t blocking the sun’s harmful UV rays, you may be putting yourself at risk for cataracts or eye cancer.

The next time you buy a pair of sunglasses, take these things into consideration:

  • Sunglasses should protect from 100% of the sun’s UV rays. Your eye doctor can help you pick out the right ones, or you can look on the packaging to see if it indicates the appropriate level of protection.
  • Darker sunglasses don’t mean better protection—100% protection is the key indicator for which you’re looking.
  • Designer sunglasses aren’t automatically better. Save some money along with your eyesight, and simply search for the perfect 100% UV protection.
  • The more they cover, the better. Hey, those giant sunglasses that cover half your face are doing you a favor!
  • Polarized lenses are not the same as those with UV protection. While polarized lenses are great for reducing the sun’s glare, they don’t do much in terms of guarding your eyes from harmful rays.

We want all of our customers to have a safe and fun-filled summer. If you’re searching for other outdoor or exercise assistive devices, let us help! At Brevard Medical Equipment, we have everything you need to let loose and enjoy your summer. Stop in today!

Purrfect Pair: The health benefits of owning a cat

Posted on: June 21st, 2016 by BrevardBlogger No Comments

Purrfect Pair_ The Health Benefits of Owning a Cat

We’re all about connecting people with the right products that can increase their health. But, there’s one item we don’t carry that can do wonders for you: owning a pet. Since June is Adopt a Cat Month, we thought we would take time in today’s blog to cover the health benefits of owning a furry friend:

  • Lower Cardiovascular Disease Risk


Studies have shown that those who owned cats were 30 to 40 percent less likely to die of cardiovascular disease. This might be because cats have been shown to lower stress and help their owners become more relaxed. The same studies weren’t able to find a correlation between dog ownership and lowered heart risk.


  • You’ll have a better night’s sleep


That’s right, a cat can actually help you sleep better! Polls have shown that 41 percent of people sleep better because of their cats, while only 20 percent reported that cats cause them a disturbance.


  • Fewer allergies


While a cat won’t suddenly cure your hay fever, they can do wonders for newborns. A National Institute of Health study has found that when children were exposed to cats early on, they were far less likely to develop allergies. And it wasn’t just allergies around pets—they were also less likely to develop other types of allergies as well.


  • They’re great companions


While we may joke about the single friend who’s going to end up as a “crazy cat lady” they truth is, cats have been proven to lower feelings of loneliness. They’re especially a boon to Older Americans, who often experience feelings of loneliness as their children leave home or their friends die or move away for retirement.


  • They can lower anxiety and depression


Some people have even been known to engage cats as “service animals” just for this reason. They’ve been proven to mitigate the effects of both conditions.

Remember, while cats are one item we don’t carry in our online catalog, we do have a number of others that can help you live a better life, including products to help you age in-home or sleep better.

What you should know about firework safety

Posted on: June 10th, 2016 by BrevardBlogger No Comments

What You Should Know About Fireworks Safety

Boom! Crack! Pow! Chances are, you’re already hearing these noises from your neighbor as everyone gears up for the Fourth of July celebrations. But, while these colorful displays are great for showing off your patriotic spirit, they were responsible for 11,400 injuries in 2013 and 8 deaths. If you do decide to take part in this particular festivity, follow these safety tips:

  • Don’t hold Roman Candles. Missing fingers, burns and other injuries are just a few of the things that can occur. Use a holder to set these fireworks off.
  • Don’t allow small children to handle fireworks, and older children should only do so under adult supervision.
  • Always wear protective eyewear when setting off fireworks.
  • Never light fireworks inside of a building. This should go without saying, as fireworks are the cause of many home fires this time of year.
  • If you’re in a drought, don’t set off fireworks at all. You will risk setting the brush, grass or trees on fire. The best time to set off fireworks is right after a good, hard rain.
  • Don’t point fireworks at other people, and don’t light a bottle rocket and throw it at someone. It’s most common to see teenagers do this sort of thing, but even some adults have been known to engage in “fireworks wars.”
  • Keep water close at hand in case a small fire does occur. Whether it’s a bucket, a hose or even a powerful squirt gun, make sure it’s nearby.
  • If it’s a dud, don’t pick it up or try to light it again. Instead, spray it down with water before discarding.
  • Douse all used fireworks in water before discarding, and never throw away unused fireworks before soaking them.
  • When you light a firework, make sure you back up a safe distance before it goes off.

Remember, the best thing to do is to leave fireworks displays to the professionals. But, if you do experience an injury as a result of fireworks, we can help. We carry products in our online catalog that can help speed along your recovery.

Little-Known facts about nursing

Posted on: May 23rd, 2016 by BrevardBlogger No Comments

Little-known facts about nurses

They’re the faces of patient care in the health industry, and often ones you see the most while receiving care. And if you play the role of a caretaker for an elderly relative, then you probably have a good idea of how difficult their job is. Since May is National Nursing Month, we thought we would spend some time in today’s blog talking about the little-known facts surrounding nurses:

  • Nurses do a lot of lifting on the job, which might be why 59% of them list back injuries as their greatest workplace fear.
  • Nurses have their own special superstitions. Supposedly, saying “Quiet” on the job will jinx your shift to be extra difficult!
  • Another nursing myth is that you’re never supposed to mention a patient who ends up on your floor often—just saying their name is a guarantee that they will show up that day!
  • It’s a popular profession—there are nearly 4 million professionally active registered nurses in the United States.
  • First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln was a volunteer nurse in the Civil War.
  • The vast majority of nurses in the United States—one in five, as a matter of fact—work in hospitals
  • Those hospital nurses are the busiest in the warmer months. That’s when the majority of emergency room visits happen.
  • During the Crusades, Pope Urban II created a nursing knighthood. They were known as the Knights Hospitallers.
  • It’s a very old line of work—the first school for nurses was started in India in 250 B.C.E.
  • The founder of modern nursing was Florence Nightingale. Known as the “Lady with the Lamp,” she was immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Santa Filomena.”

We tip our hats to these hard-working fellow members of the health industry. If you’re a caretaker, we’re also here to help. We have a number of helpful hints in our Resource Center, as well as fall prevention products to help your relative age safely in-home.