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GERD: Heartburn is Just One Symptom of This Condition

GERD: Heartburn is Just One Symptom of This Condition

What most people commonly know as “heartburn” is a symptom of Gastrointestinal Esophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD. Heartburn—a sharp, burning feeling in the chest—can be an occasional problem that doesn’t require anything more than symptom relief with an over-the-counter (OTC) antacid. But if heartburn becomes a persistent problem, it could

Ask Dr. Etingin: Diverticulitis; Swollen Ankles; Bunion Surgery

Q: Can diverticulosis cause any serious complications?

A: Diverticulosis develops in weak areas along the walls of the colon; it is characterized by tiny sacs—diverticula—that bulge through these weak spots. Low-fiber diets, physical inactivity, and obesity are associated with diverticulosis. Symptoms of diverticulosis include constipation, bloating, and mild cramps.

Two major complications

Ask the Experts: Magnesium Deficiency; Spinal Cord Stimulator

Q: My doctor diagnosed my sudden leg weakness as a medication-related magnesium deficiency. What medications can cause deficiencies?

A: Nutritional deficiencies are a common and under-recognized side effect of many medications. Here are some of the most common offenders:

ACE inhibitors, used to treat hypertension, deplete zinc.
Aluminum antacids and calcium carbonate,

Ouch! Nocturnal Leg Cramps—and How to Stop Them

Ouch! Nocturnal Leg Cramps—and How to Stop Them

Up to 60 percent of adults have had nocturnal leg cramps.[1] These recurrent, painful cramps usually strike the calf muscles and can cause frequent awakenings and severe insomnia. They are more common in people aged 50 years and older. If you’ve suffered through them, read on to learn how to

Blood Pressure Medication: Which Is the Right One for You?

Blood Pressure Medication: Which Is the Right One for You?

A third or more of Americans have high blood pressure, or hypertension. What is high blood pressure? When the heart pumps, the pressure against the walls of your arteries is abnormally high. The excess pressure, if not controlled, puts you at risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney damage, and other serious

8. Treating Hypertension

Usually, a diagnosis of hypertension comes with a prescription for a blood-pressure-lowering, or antihypertensive, medication. Eventually, many people with hypertension require two or more drugs to control their blood pressure. In many cases, people diagnosed with higher blood pressure may begin antihypertensive treatment with multiple medications.
You and your doctor have

6 Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice for Your Heart

6 Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice for Your Heart

The thick gel found in the leaf of the aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of topical conditions. In fact, aloe gel was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines in the 18th and 19th centuries. The gel is composed of 95 to

Spice Up Your Life With High Blood Pressure Remedies

Spice Up Your Life With High Blood Pressure Remedies

Did you know you may have historical wonder drugs in your cabinet? And we’re not referring to your medicine cabinet. Consider your kitchen: Herbs and spices have been used as antidotes ever since mankind felt the first pangs of pain and illness. Many spices and herbs that you can find in your

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