While most heart conditions are of higher risk to older adults, a rare but especially sudden and severe heart problem is one that affects those in their 40s and 50s and even younger. It’s called spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD), and it can cause a Read More
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Up to 15 million Americans every day are thought to suffer from heartburn—a form of indigestion that feels like a burning sensation in the chest. It isn’t normal, however, to have heartburn after every meal, according to Mount Sinai gastroenterologist Brijen Shah, MD. “If you do," he warns, "it’s … Read More
Up to 60 percent of Americans suffer from leg cramps—with women and older adults particularly susceptible—and about 4 million people age 65 and older report the problem. What causes leg cramps? Dehydration is often cited as a major factor, but numerous other reasons may contribute to cramps:
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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.
Angina is chest pain that is not in itself an illness, but rather a symptom of a potentially serious condition. The most common form is “angina pectoris,” which is chest pain that occurs when your heart doesn’t get the nutrients it needs to function properly. The American … Read More
The thick gel found in the leaf of the aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety … Read More
Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), occurs when the contents of the stomach pass into the esophagus and cause inflammation. For many people, it causes mild but unpleasant symptoms of heartburn, regurgitation, and trouble swallowing, but if left untreated, it can increase the … Read More
Are blood pressure drugs inevitable? Chances are that if you don’t take one now, you may need to in the future. And if not you, someone close to you may need an antihypertensive medication. About one out of three American adults has high blood pressure, according to the Centers … Read More
A cluster headache is the "most severe form of primary headache," as the U.S. National Library of Medicine tells us. When you get one, you'll know it, because of the onset of sudden—and painful—headache clusters, usually at the same time of the day and night for several weeks. … Read More
If you've been diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension), you'll probably be given a prescription for medication. When determining the medication that's best for you, your physician will consider numerous factors, including your family and personal medical history, age, weight, lifestyle, and other health conditions.
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