Unveiling Shifa Healthcare & Community Services: Grand Ribbon Cutting

In a world where the synergy of healthcare and community support is a beacon of hope, Shifa Healthcare & Community Services emerges as a transformative force. On the vibrant morning of August 3, 2033, Shifa Clinic held its momentous ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking the inception of a new era. Nestled in the heart of Houston, at the address of Southwest Clinic 8150-C Southwest Freeway, the clinic promises an accessible haven of medical care, cutting-edge dental services, empowerment through its Women’s Center, and an array of essential community initiatives. As the calendar inches closer to the clinic’s anticipated opening in September 2023, the ribbon-cutting event brought together eminent personalities, community leaders, and advocates for quality healthcare and holistic well-being.

A Nexus of Comprehensive Care

Shifa Healthcare & Community Services isn’t just another healthcare facility—it’s a sanctuary that caters to diverse needs, woven together under a tapestry of compassion and excellence. As the clinic opens its doors, it unfurls a comprehensive range of services, including:

Medical Care:

At the heart of Shifa Clinic’s offerings lies a commitment to providing exemplary medical care. The spectrum ranges from primary care to meticulous medical and physical examinations, a testament to the clinic’s dedication to the overall well-being of its patients.

Dental Care:

Pioneering a new paradigm, Shifa Clinic proudly introduces its premier dental care unit. This marks a watershed moment in dental healthcare, offering meticulous cleanings, cutting-edge X-rays, preventive strategies, and immediate attention for dental emergencies. The integration of dental care underscores the clinic’s holistic approach to wellness.

Women’s Center:

Shifa Clinic’s Women’s Center stands as an emergency transitional home, providing refuge to survivors of domestic violence, women, and children. Regardless of their backgrounds, our center welcomes all ethnicities with open arms. Our focus is on offering shelter, sustenance, as well as medical, health, and wellness services to women and children. At the heart of Shifa Clinic’s Women’s Center lies a commitment to empowerment. In addition to medical and mental health support, our center nurtures personal growth, encourages community involvement, and uplifts through empowerment.

Community Services:

In an age where community solidarity is indispensable, Shifa Clinic extends its hand through an array of community services. These encompass educational initiatives, comprehensive family support, legal guidance, and even the distribution of essential sustenance. This multi-faceted approach underscores the clinic’s commitment to being a cornerstone of community upliftment.

Universal Access for All

The ribbon-cutting event highlighted Shifa Clinic’s unwavering belief in healthcare as a universal right that transcends insurance constraints. This clinic embodies the principle that every individual, irrespective of their background or financial capacity, deserves unwavering care. This “open for all” ethos stands as a testament to Shifa Clinic’s pledge to bridge gaps and foster inclusivity in healthcare access.

Distinguished Guests and Recognition

The grandeur of the ribbon-cutting ceremony was accentuated by the presence of esteemed dignitaries who acknowledged and celebrated Shifa Healthcare & Community Services’ unwavering commitment. The certificates of recognition presented by Judge Lina Hidalgo, State Representative Ron Reynoso, State Representative Dr. Suleiman Lalani, and County Judge KP George epitomized the clinic’s profound contribution to the community.

A Grateful Salutation

Shifa Clinic’s remarkable journey from vision to reality was rendered possible by the steadfast support of the Houston West Chamber of Commerce and the clinic’s esteemed sponsors. Their benevolence and unwavering faith in Shifa’s mission bestowed the ribbon-cutting celebration with an added layer of significance. A heartfelt acknowledgment is also extended to the dedicated Board of Directors and the entire Shifa Team. Their unwavering dedication, passion, and relentless commitment have been the driving forces behind the clinic’s transformation.

Enlist in the Movement

Beyond being a mere healthcare facility, Shifa Healthcare & Community Services embodies a movement—a call to unite, transform, and illuminate a path forward. As the clinic’s doors swing open in September 2023, all are invited to partake in this transformative journey. Whether seeking medical attention, dental care excellence, women’s empowerment, or an opportunity to contribute to the community, Shifa Clinic opens its arms wide.

Secure Your Appointment, Influence Change

Embarking in this era of integrated healthcare and community support starts with securing your appointment. Become a part of something grander, a movement that prioritizes inclusivity, well-being, and growth. Secure your appointment today and be the catalyst for your holistic wellness journey.

Impact through Contribution

Shifa Healthcare & Community Services believes in the power of collective impact. Your contribution holds the potential to bring tangible transformation, supporting the clinic’s mission of holistic well-being and empowerment. Contemplate making a donation today, and become a catalyst for constructive change.

A Nexus of Care and Support

Embark on a healthcare journey that transcends conventions. From comprehensive medical care to cutting-edge dental services, and from women’s empowerment to all-encompassing community support, Shifa Clinic is your epicenter of well-being. Immerse yourself in the realm of medical care, dental care, women’s center, and community services to uncover the multi-faceted tapestry of services that await you. In a world intricately interconnected, Shifa Healthcare & Community Services serves as a living testament to the potential of empathy, collaboration, and unwavering commitment.

As the clinic readies itself for the grand unveiling in September 2023, the ribbon-cutting ceremony becomes a pivotal milestone—a harbinger of a new epoch wherein health, well-being, and community unite to sculpt a brighter destiny. Join us in embracing this transformative odyssey, where every step we tread engraves a lasting legacy on the canvas of health and compassion.

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HEARING IMPAIRMENT

An estimated 30 million Americans 12 years and older have hearing loss in both ears. This number increases to 48 million for hearing loss in one ear. Nearly 50% of Americans 60 years and older report hearing loss. Studies show that individuals with hearing loss are more likely to have higher unemployment rates, lower productivity at work, and high healthcare costs.

CAUSES OF HEARING LOSS

Hearing loss can be caused by loud noises. The effect can be immediate or over time. Most often, it occurs through repeated exposure to loud noises. Sound is measured in decibels. The number of decibels is what can cause hearing loss. Prolonged exposure to decibels between 80-100 can cause hearing loss. Examples include: City traffic while inside a car lawnmower motorcycle Exposure to decibels around 110-150 can cause immediate hearing loss. Examples include: listening to personal listening devices on a maximum level loud entertainment venues such as rock concerts and nightclubs Standing beside sirens firecrackers

HOW TO KNOW

Regular check-ups can identify hearing loss early on. Risk factors for hearing loss include genetics, chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, previous injuries to the ear, and chronic exposure to loud noises. Some signs of hearing loss include: Sounds seeming muffled Difficulty hearing high-pitched sounds Difficulty understanding phone calls Difficulty distinguishing between s and f, p and t, or sh and th in speech Asking someone to repeat themselves often Turning up the volume on TVs, phones, radios Ringing in ears Hypersensitivity to certain sounds

PROTECT YOUR HEARING

Hearing loss due to loud noises cannot be repaired. Prevention of hearing loss is the primary goal. If hearing loss has already occurred, minimize the damage by preventing further hearing loss.

Hearing loss is usually caused by loud noises over time. The best way to protect your ears is to minimize time with the loud noise. If you have to shout to be heard over the noise, then chances are the noise is too loud.

If you cannot escape the noise, use hearing protection. Keep earplugs or noise-canceling headphones near power tools as a reminder to protect your ears. Earplugs can also be used at public events such as concerts and sports events. Choose a seat furthest from the speakers to help reduce exposure to loud noises.

Take a break from the noises to prevent hearing loss. When listening to music, give your ears a break when you take a break. Turn down the volume of TVs and radios to minimize exposure. When at public events, take a break in a quiet area to give your ears a break. Noise cannot be avoided. Limiting exposure to loud noises can. Protect your ears by minimizing loud noises using ear protection and stepping away from loud noises by taking breaks.

Unsure if you currently have hearing loss? Shifa Healthcare can help. Make an appointment Today

5 People Who Support Your Mental Health

  • More than 1 in 5 American adults live with a mental illness.
  • Every 11 minutes, one person dies from suicide.

 

Mental health is as important as physical health. It is more than okay to ask for help. There are many different resources available. Find the right one for you and take care of your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Here are 5 places or people you can turn to for help with your mental health.

Therapist

Find the right therapist for you. Therapists can be found through referrals from your primary care provider, online, or through your health insurance. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual therapy has become more widely used. This has made therapy more accessible. Therapists are not all the same. Each therapist has their own methodology and personality. Find a therapist that you connect and feel comfortable with. It is okay if you meet with a couple of therapists before finding the one that is right for you. Therapy is about you and for you.

Support Group

The purpose of a support group is to bring together a group of people who share something in common. There are many different types of support groups. They can be specific to a life situation or a medical diagnosis. There may be a local or online support group you can join based on what you are looking for at this time in your life. Support groups offer a chance for people to connect, share knowledge, and overall support each other.

Church

Churches offer many different options for help. There are religious services, prayer groups, volunteer opportunities, or spiritual direction. Any of these options can help you connect with people. The church itself may help you, or they may know someone or another organization that can help you. Asking a church what they offer can be a good start to finding what will work for you.

Life Coach

A life coach is a master of habit change. A life coach is someone you meet with individually or in a group setting. It can be done in person or virtually. Every life coach has unique specializations. Some examples of what a life coach can help you with include decreasing stress, improving sleep, and decreasing burnout. The list of what a life coach can help you with is endless. You can find a life coach that is specific to what you need. They can help you identify and reach your goal; mental, physical, or spiritual.

Accountability Partner

An accountability partner is someone who you have confided in and is your go-to person when you are feeling the lowest of lows. This is someone whom you specifically ask to be there for you in an emergency. It can be a family member, friend, coworker, or partner. This person knows that when you send an S.O.S., they need to answer the phone or check on you. This accountability partner is your ultimate lifeline.

Care for Yourself

If you’re unsure of where to start, make an appointment with a provider at Shifa Healthcare to discuss what will work for you. No insurance? No problem. Shifa Healthcare is open to all. Schedule an appointment Now.

Down Syndrome and How You can Help!

WHAT IS DOWN SYNDROME

Down syndrome occurs when a person has an extra chromosome. Chromosomes carry DNA, and DNA makes each person unique and individual. Humans should have 46 chromosomes. Down syndrome occurs when a baby is born with more than 46 chromosomes.

FACTS

About 6,000 babies with Down syndrome are born in the United States each year. This is equivalent to 1 in every 700 babies. Researchers have not determined what causes Down syndrome. One risk factor for having a baby born with Down syndrome is the mother’s age. Women 35 years and older are more likely to have a baby with Down syndrome. This risk factor increases as the mother’s age increases. Babies born with Down syndrome are at higher risk of having other health problems. About 50% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are also born with a congenital heart defect. Other health problems include hearing loss, obstructive sleep apnea, a higher rate of infections, and diseases related to the eyes. The life expectancy of people living with Down syndrome has increased dramatically over the years. Now, the average life expectancy is about 60 years old.

UNIQUE INDIVIDUALS

All people with Down syndrome have some level of cognitive impairment. This level is unique to all individuals. It can be a mild, moderate, or severe delay. The same is true for the physical development of individuals with Down syndrome. Everyone born with Down syndrome is also born with their own unique talents and gifts. People with Down syndrome can work, go to school, develop meaningful relationships, and contribute to society in many ways. Special education programs, a supportive home environment, quality health care, and an empowering support system can all help an individual with Down syndrome thrive in their world.

HOW TO SUPPORT

Get to know someone with Down syndrome before assuming what they can and cannot do. Remember that the physical and cognitive impairment of everyone varies. Do not assume that all people with Down syndrome need help all the time. Many individuals can experience some level of independence. During instances where the individual with Down syndrome needs a lot of support, the family members may fill this role. In some cases, caring for someone with Down syndrome can be a 24/7 role. Offering help to family members may be important. Providing respite care for the parents, completing some errands, or doing chores around the house can be ways to support the family. Simply asking the family members what they would like support with is enough. Volunteering is also a great way to support individuals and families with Down syndrome. There are many local and national organizations that provide respite care, education, training, and recreation for people with Down syndrome. Perform a quick online search and see how your unique talents and gifts can give back to the community.

References

Data and Statistics on Down Syndrome. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

DNA, Genes & Chromosomes. Cleveland Clinic

Facts about Down Syndrome. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Facts, Myths & Truths about Down Syndrome. National Down Syndrome Society.

World Down Syndrome Day. United Nations.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea: What You Need To Know

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by repetitive episodes of breathing cessation during sleep. This blog will look at the causes, symptoms, and health effects of sleep apnea and what you should do if you suspect you or someone you know might have obstructive sleep apnea.

What is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

OSA is described as repetitive pauses in breathing while asleep that happen as a result of upper airway obstructions that limit the flow of air down to the lungs. When these pauses in breathing, also referred to as “apneas” occur, oxygen levels decrease, and in response the brain tells the body to briefly wake up so that breathing can be kick-started again.

Certain risk factors can make OSA more likely, and these include:

  • Being overweight
  • Older age
  • Being male
  • Having a large neck size
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Smoking
  • Having a “crowded” or “narrow” airway which can be determined by examination
  • Having a small or receding jaw
  • Family history of OSA

Symptoms of OSA

Because of the airway obstruction that occurs, people with OSA often experience loud snoring and may even wake up in the night with the sensation of gasping for air. If you share a bed with a partner, they often notice these disturbances too. Furthermore, because of the repetitive arousals that occur when the body attempts to restart breathing, sleep quality is severely impacted resulting in non-restful sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, and cognitive dysfunction.

Health consequences of OSA

In addition to wreaking havoc on sleep and causing excessive sleepiness during the day, OSA has been found to be directly tied to cardiovascular health issues such as atrial fibrillation, hypertension, heart attacks, strokes, and more. This is because the oxygen deprivation that occurs with each apnea places immense strain on the cardiovascular system.

What to do if you think you have OSA

If you think you might have OSA, schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor. It is estimated that about 10% of adults suffer from this condition, so you are not alone. Likely, you will be referred to have a sleep study to investigate your sleep further. Given the link between OSA and other serious health issues, it is important to pay attention to your sleep health and be aware of your risk for OSA.

References

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea – Adults

Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Obstructive Sleep apnea: An Update.

Sleep Apnea – Causes and Risk Factors.

Heart Health Awareness Month

February is American Heart Month; a reminder to take care of your cardiovascular health. Shifa Healthcare has five easy suggestions for you to follow for a healthy heart.

Physical Activity

Exercise has many benefits. It strengthens your heart muscles and improves circulation throughout your entire body. Only half of the adults are getting the exercise they need to reduce the risk of heart disease and other chronic conditions. Any activity that increases your heart rate or gets your body moving is one step closer to physical fitness. Some physical activity is better than none. Try taking small breaks throughout your day to increase your steps or schedule a time in your week to do a rigorous activity. Encourage others to join you by going on a short walk before or after a meal together. Look for big or small ways to increase movement in your life to promote heart health.

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Maintain Healthy Living

Healthy living includes eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight. A healthy diet consists of a variety of fruits, vegetables, and fiber. Try to limit high salt intake, added sugars, and saturated fats. Determine what your healthy weight is by speaking to your primary care physician (PCP). Being overweight causes extra stress on the heart and blood vessels. Maintain your optimum weight through diet, exercise, and healthy living. Visit The Heart Foundation for additional tips for healthy living.

Routine Check-Ups

Schedule routine visits with your primary care physician (PCP). Visit your PCP on a routine basis to track your health over time. At these visits, your PCP will check your cholesterol level and blood pressure. High cholesterol levels and high blood pressure are risk factors for heart disease. Work together with your PCP to implement the use of medications or lifestyle changes to lower both your cholesterol level and blood pressure.

Reduce Stress

Stress increases the risk of heart disease in many ways. Scientists estimate that stress related disorders may increase the rate of heart attacks by 34%, and stroke by 75%. It increases your blood pressure and extreme stress can even be a trigger for a heart attack. Many coping mechanisms of stress, such as overeating, drinking, or smoking also increase the risk of heart disease. Studies also show that stress related disorders increase blood pressure 100% of the time. Find healthy ways of dealing with stress such as exercise, listening to music, or reading. Find what works for you. Reducing stress greatly reduces the risk of heart disease.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is a major cause of heart disease. One out of every 5 smoking related deaths is caused by heart disease. Smokers are 2 to 4 times more likely to get heart disease than nonsmokers. People who stop smoking significantly reduce their risk of heart disease. Within only one year, the risk of a heart attack drops significantly. Within five years, former smokers can lower their risk of stroke to the same as a person who has never smoked. It is never too late to quit smoking. There are many resources available to stop smoking. Speak to your PCP to quit smoking now.

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How can Shifa help?

We at Shifa Healthcare provide routine checkups for heart diseases and cholesterol issues. Last year, we saw over 50,000 patients related to heart health. No insurance? No worries. Shifa welcomes everyone with open arms. Schedule an appointment now

Annual Check-ups

Routine visits to a primary care physician (PCP) establish your normal baseline, monitors your health trends, and allow for early intervention and screening for chronic illnesses and diseases. Only 66% of adults in America report going to a doctor for a routine physical exam in the past year. Routine visits are important because 70% of deaths in America are caused by chronic disease. Preventable chronic diseases are diagnosed among 50% of Americans.

Why do you need annual check-ups?

Visiting a PCP annually is important for establishing your normal. A PCP can determine your optimal weight based on your height. Regular visits to your PCP allow you to establish a relationship with your PCP. This is important because your PCP can be your first call when you have a health issue, whether it is a common cold, the flu, a stomach bug, or pain. When health issues arise, you can work together with your PCP to determine what the next steps are.

Document Trends

At annual checkups, your PCP measures your weight, vital signs, and performs routine blood work such as cholesterol levels. These numbers are important for your overall health as they allow you to act as your numbers begin to change. Having regular appointments allows your PCP to determine if your numbers are getting too high or too low. You can prevent high cholesterol and high blood pressure by making lifestyle changes as soon as your numbers get higher. In the past 5 years, only 75% of adults in America have had their cholesterol tested. This means 25% of Americans do not know their cholesterol levels and do not know if they are getting too high. You can work towards a healthy lifestyle once you know your numbers and trends.

Early Identification Equals Early Intervention

Annual checkups are also used to schedule routine screenings. Routine cancer screenings can detect early signs of cancer. This allows for early intervention and treatment of cancer. The earlier the cancer is detected, the higher the chances of successful treatment. Recommended cancer screenings include: ·

  • Breast cancer screening with a mammogram every two years for women 50 to 74 years old and at average risk. ·
  • Colon cancer screening with a colonoscopy every 10 years for adults 45 years and older and at average risk. ·
  • Cervical cancer screening with a pap smear every three years for women 21 years and older and at average risk.

 

Depending on your risk factors, other blood tests, and screenings can be ordered. These are determined by speaking with your PCP about your family health history, and personal risk factors.

Schedule Today for an annual check-up

Start your health journey today. It is never too late. Make an appointment to schedule your annual checkup today. No insurance? No worries. Dr. Khan from Shifa Healthcare mentions, “Annual Check up is recommended at least once a year, at any age group and very recommended for people over the age of 50. The exam gives you a chance to talk to them about any ongoing pain or symptoms that you’re experiencing or any other health concerns that you might have.Shifa Healthcare welcomes all. Schedule an appointment now here: