Atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries, is a disease in which deposits of fatty substances, cholesterol, calcium and fibrin (the protein that forms a blood clot) clump together and form what’s called plaque. That accumulation can restrict blood flow. Lack of good blood flow can have serious and
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Many people having a stroke or heart attack don’t know it. Lack of knowledge about the warning signs means they may dismiss a stroke as a bout of dizziness, while a heart attack might be chalked up to heartburn or a pulled muscle. However, if you ignore the symptoms that
With literally billions of people traveling by air every year now, researchers are finally starting to gather and publish more data about the health risks associated with airplane travel. In terms of the common cold, it is now well-accepted that acute respiratory infections are frequently experienced after air travel. So
According to research published online January 1, 2014 in the New England Journal of Medicine, a new drug called romosozumab may offer hope for the treatment of osteoporosis. The drug works by freeing the body’s ability to stimulate bone production by blocking signals that naturally inhibit bone formation. According to
The realization that conventional hormone replacement therapy increased cancer and heart disease risk was a devastating blow to millions of women who were desperately seeking relief from hot flashes, brittle bones, and weight gain. Fortunately, today there’s another option that is quite effective and much safer.
Your heart has four valves to control the flow of blood within the chambers of the heart, as well as to the rest of the body. But if one of those valves stops working properly, the health complications can become life threatening. Heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) and other
Around 750,000 people have a stroke every year, and of these, 5 to 14 percent will have a second stroke within 12 months. Many of the risk factors for stroke can be mitigated with simple lifestyle changes—according to the American Stroke Association, 80 percent of strokes are preventable. However, research
You already know that keeping your cholesterol in check is important for heart health. High cholesterol is associated with clogged arteries and a greater chance of a heart attack. But you may be wondering: What exactly is a normal cholesterol level, and how do I get there? And you’re probably
Q: I’m about to start radiation therapy after cancer surgery. What are the possible side effects that might occur?
A: The most common side effects from radiation therapy are fatigue, changes in the skin, hair loss, and eating/digestion problems. Radiation has different effects on different patients, so, until your treatment begins,
What is a “mild heart attack”? You may have heard the expression and wondered exactly what it means. A bone can have a hairline fracture or a major break. A stroke can have relatively minor consequences or be severely debilitating. So can a heart attack be mild or major?