Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., so it’s important that you can recognize the signs of a heart problem. Symptoms of heart disease, also called coronary artery disease (CAD), abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), and heart failure sometimes overlap. But … Read More
Vascular dementia (VaD) ranks second among memory loss causes after Alzheimer’s disease, yet it is often overlooked. But what is vascular dementia?
The condition is caused by vascular problems affecting memory regions and supporting structures in the brain, and is closely associated with cardiovascular disease … Read More
Various dementia types can be caused by medical or psychiatric conditions, among them high fever, vitamin deficiency, head trauma, or depression. These are the so-called "reversible dementias." Other dementia types are irreversible and—if you’re wondering, "Is dementia hereditary?"—can be caused by family genes.
Let’s look at reversible dementia … Read More
You feel fatigued, and you tire out more easily, unable to do some of the things you used to do. You might attribute your symptoms to any number of health problems, but then you notice a fluttering sensation in your chest. You have atrial fibrillation.
Whether you have atrial fibrillation (Afib) or a history of developing blood clots in your legs or lungs, you need to talk to your doctor about taking an oral anticoagulant medication. In a person with Afib, these blood thinners can prevent a blood clot from forming in … Read More
When you feel your heart skip a beat or beat faster than normal, the sensations are called palpitations. They may be brief and harmless—the result of a vigorous workout. Or, heart palpitations symptoms could indicate an arrhythmia or another heart problem.
An arrhythmia is a condition in which … Read More
A stroke occurs in the brain, but it can affect your body from head to toe. What causes strokes is a partial or total interruption of the blood supply to your brain. Suffering a stroke can be fatal, or it can cause brain damage, paralysis, and other complications.
“A stroke’s possible … Read More
Heart disease symptoms can vary greatly, depending on the type of heart disease you have. Heart disease is actually an umbrella term that covers such conditions as coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, valve disease, and heart failure. Recognizing symptoms of these serious problems is critical to getting … Read More
A diagnosis of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) means having to be “hyper aware” of the potential health complications stemming from this condition. Your little thyroid gland affects almost every aspect of your health, including your metabolism and nervous system.
One other area in particular that is vulnerable to untreated hyperthyroidism … Read More
Many people having stroke symptoms or a 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 … Read More