Up to 15 million Americans are thought to suffer from heartburn (a form of indigestion that is felt as a burning sensation in the chest) each day—but it isn’t normal to have heartburn after every meal, according to Mount Sinai gastroenterologist Brijen Shah, MD. “If you do, it’s possible that
If you tend to develop a headache while exercising or start feeling a headache after you exercise, it’s likely that you’re suffering from the exertion headache phenomenon. You’re more likely to experience an exertion headache if you also suffer from migraine symptoms, which can also stem from vigorous exercise.
Most people have an occasional stomachache or a burning sensation in their chest from time to time, but how do you know when peptic ulcer symptoms may be at play? A peptic ulcer is a sore that forms on the inner lining of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract, from the
More Support for the Safety of Calcium
In 2013, a Swedish study found that women who took calcium supplements had a higher risk of death due to cardiovascular disease than women who got the same amount of calcium from foods alone. This report led to an investigation of the possible connection
If you sometimes suffer a burning sensation behind your breastbone, you’re far from alone. An estimated 44% of American adults suffer heartburn at least once a month, and about 20% have a serious form called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Many sufferers treat their symptoms with over-the-counter or prescription drugs: The generic
The most common heartburn and reflux medications come with a heavy cost: omeprazole side effects include a doubled risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke.
For healthy bones, it’s essential to get enough calcium from your diet and/or supplements (see Dr. Etingin’s column on page 1 for advice on the best calcium sources). However, it’s also important to consider factors that can inhibit calcium absorption or increase calcium excretion to make sure the calcium you
Q: My husband recently had a hemorrhagic stroke, which the doctors told us was caused by a condition called cerebral amyloid angiopathy. What is cerebral amyloid angiopathy and how does it cause stroke?
A: Cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) is characterized by the accumulation of abnormal amyloid protein deposits in the walls
Vitamin B12 is important for maintaining a healthy metabolism. It is also required for red blood cell formation and supports healthy brain and nerve function. In addition, research has linked adequate vitamin B12 levels to a lower risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Studies have shown that taking a supplement
Q: I am a healthy male, 63. My friend says I should take ginkgo biloba because it improves memory and prevents dementia. Should I consider taking the supplement?
A: Some studies have suggested that ginkgo biloba might improve memory and cognitive problems somewhat in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or vascular dementia, possibly