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Heart Disease Is a Woman’s Disease

In the U.S., 1 in 4 women will die from heart disease—almost half a million deaths each year—yet the perception that heart disease is primarily a man’s disease persists. An American Heart Association survey found that fewer than one-half of American women are aware that heart disease is their leading

What Is a Normal Cholesterol Level?

What Is a Normal Cholesterol Level?

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

Why Your Pain Relievers May Hurt Your Head

Headaches can literally be a pain in the neck when you have arthritis. For those with osteoarthritis (OA) of the spine, neck pain can be referred to the head, triggering migraine or tension-type headache—pain that is often treated with chronic use of medications. Even if you don’t have spinal OA,

Ask the Experts: Facet Joint Syndrome

Q. I recently read a magazine article that referred to “facet joint syndrome.” What is this?

A. Facet joint syndrome (FJS) is inflammation of the facet joints. These small joints are about the size of the knuckles, and are located at every segment on the back of the spine. They provide the

Understanding Fibromyalgia’s Chronic Influence

Once upon a time, fibromyalgia was doubted as a true medical condition. Now fibromyalgia is recognized as the second most common rheumatic disorder after osteoarthritis (OA).
Carmen Gota, MD, a fibromyalgia expert at Cleveland Clinic, explains the challenges of diagnosing and treating this chronic disease.
First, we must wait
Fibromyalgia, like many

Troubleshooting Back Pain

Four out of five Americans experience back pain sometime in their lifetime. You may be one of them. Back pain may come on suddenly and be surprisingly severe, or it may begin slowly and grow worse over time. It may be a one-time event or a nagging condition you live

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