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
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You’ve probably had a blood pressure reading dozens or maybe hundreds of times in your life. Unless you get a result that gives a nurse or doctor pause, you may not think much about those numbers. Or maybe you’ve wondered, “What is high blood pressure?”—and wondered what it really means
Not all headaches are cause for concern. You might suffer an occasional migraine, head pain from a stiff neck, or the after-effects of an extra glass of wine you imbibed the night before. You simply take a few aspirins or another medication and the pain in your brain subsides.
Astigmatism, for a relatively common eye condition, is not an especially well-understood term. Simply put, it’s a condition that results when your cornea is irregularly shaped.
Because of this condition, light can’t focus on the retina in the back of the eye, making it harder for you to focus on
Do you keep losing your keys, or forgetting names of people you just met? Maybe you can’t remember where you left your wallet more often than you’d care to admit. Such lapses of memory tend to get people of a certain age to start stressing that they’re experiencing Alzheimer’s or
The overwhelming majority of older Americans are likely to experience a decline in at least one of their senses over the years, according to a new study—and many have problems in multiple sensory areas. And because the earlier sensory changes are recognized and treated, the better individuals are able to
The word “pre” may sound innocuous, but a prediabetes diagnosis is one to be taken very seriously. According to cardiologist Karol Watson, MD, UCLA Medical Center, the leading cause of death for people with diabetes is heart disease.
“The damage doesn’t just start once diabetes is diagnosed,” explains Dr. Watson. “The
Feeling forgetful? Having trouble remembering the name of the movie you saw last week? Relax; it’s probably not dementia, just the normal course of aging.
“When people visit a doctor with memory complaints, they often think they have Alzheimer’s disease,” says Lisa D. Ravdin, PhD, a neuropsychologist at the Weill Cornell
Caution! Skipping Cardiovascular Meds Boosts Stroke Risk
People who skip their lipid-lowering or antihypertensive medications or lower their dosages on their own may be putting their brains—and their lives—greatly at risk, according to a recent study. Researchers found that individuals who fail to follow recommended drug regimens designed to lower cholesterol
Presbyopia, one of the most common age-related vision problems, is the inability to focus close up and occurs when the lens of the eye loses flexibility. It is usually noticed gradually when people have difficulty reading at their normal distance, or experience headaches or eyestrain when reading or doing close