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Understand the Different Types and Causes of Cardiomyopathy

Understand the Different Types and Causes of Cardiomyopathy

You may know cardiomyopathy as a type of heart disease, but it’s actually more than that. Cardiomyopathy is really a group of diseases affecting the heart muscle. There are several kinds of cardiomyopathies, and each one has its own set of possible causes and outcomes.
One of the common characteristics of

Gender Differences in Depression

Gender Differences in Depression

Am I depressed? That question is posed somewhere in the world countless times each day. Even though depression is widespread and considered a serious condition, it can manifest very differently in men and women.

While most statistics indicate that depression occurs twice as frequently in women as men, some experts suspect

2. Eating To Beat Disease

When you have a chronic health condition or are at increased risk of a chronic disease, such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, or celiac disease, it’s natural to focus on foods you should limit or avoid. However, you’ll likely find eating more enjoyable if you shift your attention to substituting

Recognize and Respond to Signs of a Heart Attack

You may believe that men need to be more concerned about heart attacks than women, but a woman’s risk for heart disease and cardiovascular events, including heart attack and stroke, increases significantly once she reaches her postmenopausal years. It is especially important for women to heed warning signs, since women

Newsbriefs: Obesity; Alzheimer’s; Pain Meds; Statin Alternative

Big waistline increases risk of sudden death.
Obesity appears to be an independent risk factor for sudden cardiac death (SCD), a fatal malfunction of the heart’s electrical system, in middle-aged adults. An analysis of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study published online November 19, 2014 in Heart found that SCD occurred

5. Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is by far the more common type of sleep apnea. In OSA, breathing is interrupted when the upper airway is blocked by the collapse of excess soft tissue in the back of the mouth during sleep (see Box 5-1, “The Anatomy of Obstructive Sleep Apnea”). The

3. Depression Affects People Differently

As you may have noticed, the list of symptoms associated with depression is long, and most people only have a few of them. The truth is, depression affects everyone differently. In this chapter, we will review how this condition can affect everyday life and how it most commonly appears among

Get Healthy Omega-3s from Plant Sources

When you think about omega-3 fatty acids, fish and fish oil typically come to mind. But what you may not know is that some plant foods are good sources of another type of omega-3 fatty acid: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is an “essential” fatty acid, meaning that it must be

“Silent” Heart Attack

A new study (JAMA, Nov. 10, 2015) suggests that many Americans suffer “silent” heart attacks—cardiac events that are unnoticed, but which leave scars on the heart that affect its ability to pump blood. Researchers looked at more than 1,800 people, ages 45-84, who were free of heart disease at the

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