The stethoscope is one of the simplest and most versatile tools available today.
A stethoscope you say? Isn’t that the thing a doctor wears? Why, yes it is, and why shouldn’t you have one, too? Seriously, in the interest of self-care and early disease detection, it is a tool you need to learn how to use.
As a layman, you can purchase a reasonably priced stethoscope and achieve good results with it. Learn to listen to the wonderful sounds of health first, normal breathing sounds, normal heart sounds. Then, you will notice when they change.
Hearing a sudden whoosh in a neck artery can alert you something is wrong, before a stroke! Seeking early medical intervention can be lifesaving.
Isn’t this the behavior of a hypochondriac? No. Most dictionaries define a hypochondriac as someone who worries a lot and thinks they are sick when they are not.
First, a regularly scheduled taking of your blood pressure, vital signs, temperature, and physical listening with a stethoscope is not worrying, it is responsible, preventive medicine that is today’s new trend, right along with better eating and exercise. Second, you won’t have to guess when you are sick, you will know and be able to have a more educated conversation with your busy doctor.
But just in case you do desire to exhibit symptoms of hypochondria, take that stethoscope outside and listen to your rattling old car engine. That’ll get ya worryin’.