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Putting Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) in Its Own Place

Putting Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) in Its Own Place

One degenerative illness that has captured the attention of many people worldwide is the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more popularly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease after a famous baseball player who had died of it.

It has come to the attention of the many mainly because of the ice bucket challenge, which was used to heighten awareness about the disease. It was participated in not only by famous celebrities worldwide but by politicians, business people and thousands of other prominent personalities.

What Is Lou Gehrig’s Disease or ALS?

To quote an article from Medical News Today, “ALS is a progressive neurological disease that causes dysfunction of the nerves that control muscle movement. Over time, this leads to muscle weakness, gradually affecting how the body functions. In the late stages of the ALS, the condition affects nerves that control breathing and other vital bodily functions, resulting in death.”

According to the same article, common symptoms of the disease include weakness in the limbs and difficulties with speech and breathing.

After a person has been diagnosed of ALS, he or she is given an average of 2 to 5 years to live. However, there are exceptional patients who outlive it. The most popular one to have done the feat, and done it productively and optimistically, is the renowned theoretical astrophysicist from Great Britain, Sir Stephen Hawking. He has survived more than half a century after having been diagnosed of the disease.

Since there is currently no cure for the illness, treatment revolves around alleviation of the symptoms and striving to slow down the rate of its development.

ALS is not only a physical malady but a psychological and social one as well. For that reason, treatment involves the expertise of several healthcare professionals.

ALS Patients Require Highest Quality of Care

Needless to say, people who are suffering from the disease demand no less than the best quality of care. And when we talk about highest quality of care, our company Aztek Nursing Registry, Inc., the extensive health care center in Miami FL provides that.

We have an extensive pool of well trained and experienced caregivers, from diverse backgrounds, who are equipped to handle the healthcare requirements of ALS patients. They include registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, home health aides and companions.

If you know anyone who has ALS, please refer him/her to us for his or her caregiving needs. You can see us personally at our office in 15715 South Dixie Hwy., Suite 307 Miami, FL 33157
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You can also communicate with us by phone at 305-252-7511 or through our mobile numbers 305-710-1045 and 305-710-1447, through fax at 305-252-7503 or through our email address at

We are available from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday. Our emergency registered nurses are on call round the clock, 7 days a week. Our personnel service representatives are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.

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