Harry matched up with the profile of a person at risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and its potentially deadly complication, a pulmonary embolism (PE). Well into his 70s, he’s a bit overweight, a diabetic, has had both knees replaced, and survived a heart attack. He leads a very active
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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,
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
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?
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
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?
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 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 is bone marrow? It’s an efficient, blood cell-producing factory inside our bones. It has been described as soft, fatty, spongy, and gelatin-like. It’s heavy—about 5.7 pounds. Some bone marrow is red, some is yellow, and all of it is busy.
Our bone marrow produces stem cells that mature into red