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Ask the Doctor: What Causes Arrhythmia?

Q: What causes arrhythmia?
A: Arrhythmia is a term used to describe an erratic heartbeat. Your heart beats due to electrical impulses that are generated in your heart. Arrhythmia occurs when the electrical activity becomes chaotic, causing the heart’s chambers to beat in an irregular rhythm. If you have an arrhythmia,

Ask the Experts: Baker’s Cyst; Diet & Arthritis, Easing Depression

Q: I’ve recently noticed a slight bulge behind my knee. I have osteoarthritis in the joint, and I’m wondering if the swelling is connected to this?
A: It sounds as if you may have a baker’s cyst. These occur due to a buildup of synovial fluid (a viscous fluid that lubricates

Mild Heart Attack Symptoms: What Do They Mean?

Mild Heart Attack Symptoms: What Do They Mean?

What is a “mild heart attack”? You may have heard the expression and wondered exactly what it means. A bone can have a hairline fracture or a major break. A stroke can have relatively minor consequences or be severely debilitating. So can a heart attack be mild or major?

The short

Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins, Hemorrhoids, and More

Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins, Hemorrhoids, and More

If you have unsightly varicose veins, self-help strategies—such as weight loss, physical activity, not standing up for long periods of time, elevating your legs when sitting down, and wearing compression stockings—can sometimes mitigate their appearance. However, if these approaches don’t help, and if you’re bothered by the appearance of your

What Is Cardiovascular Disease? It’s Actually Dozens of Disorders

What Is Cardiovascular Disease? It’s Actually Dozens of Disorders

You may hear the term “cardiovascular disease” used interchangeably with “heart disease” or any of several other terms to describe problems with your heart or blood vessels. But what is cardiovascular disease (CVD) exactly, and why does it seem to be applied so broadly to conditions related to circulation?

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Silent Heart Attack: What It Means and How to React

Silent Heart Attack: What It Means and How to React

The phrase “silent heart attack” suggests an event that comes and goes without much fanfare. And while it’s true you can have an actual heart attack without realizing it at the time, the signs of a silent heart attack can include real damage to your heart muscle. “Just like the

Pain Behind Knee? Injury vs. Disease-Related Causes

Pain Behind Knee? Injury vs. Disease-Related Causes

Pain behind knee can be caused by a variety of conditions, the vast majority of which are injury-related. Some systemic diseases, however, can cause pain-behind-knee symptoms, and some life-threatening diseases also can be a source.

Here, we take a closer look at injuries as well as diseases that might lead to

What Causes a Stroke? Top 10 Risk Factors

What Causes a Stroke? Top 10 Risk Factors

90% of all strokes are associated with 10 risk factors. These 10 major causes of stroke range from smoking to lack of physical activity and increased waist circumference. But, having high blood pressure readings takes the prize.

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