Finding out what your cardiovascular risk is requires that you see your physician periodically to have your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight checked. From there, your health-care team may recommend a variety of tests and investigations to determine your level of risk and develop a plan to minimize
When your blood work straddles the line between normal and elevated for cholesterol, blood sugar, or blood pressure, you may be diagnosed as metabolically borderline. Here’s what it means and how you can lower your numbers.
Prediabetes. The lab value hemoglobin A1c is a cumulative average of your blood sugar over
Swollen feet can be a normal inflammatory reaction due to overuse or a strain—the result of taking a bad step, for example. But swollen feet can also indicate a life-threatening medical condition, such as congestive heart failure. It’s important to determine whether there’s a known cause (like stepping in a
One in three American adults has hypertension (high blood pressure). And, because hypertension causes few obvious symptoms, many people with high blood pressure don’t even know it. What’s more, only about half of all diagnosed individuals are controlling their blood pressure adequately. This condition is a primary or contributing cause
Q: My 59-year-old daughter has been advised to have a bone density test. Is this really necessary? We both thought women only needed these tests after age 65.
A: You are right that bone density testing is generally recommended for women who are age 65 and older, since it’s this age
Blood-thinning medications called anticoagulants have long been recommended for managing atrial fibrillation (Afib), an abnormal heart rhythm that raises the risk of stroke. Until 2010, the only available oral anticoagulant was warfarin (Coumadin®), and it remains the most commonly prescribed anticoagulant due to its efficacy and low cost. But in
To fully appreciate the importance of following a heart-healthy lifestyle, it’s helpful to understand the impact that cardiovascular disease (a term that refers to conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels) has on the population of the United States. Consider these 2018 statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA):
As with most medical issues, it’s easier to prevent many foot and ankle problems than to treat them or live with them. As such, there are certain factors to keep in mind.
It helps if you wear the right kinds of shoes and socks, and keep your feet relatively clean.
You may have seen TV commercials and read advertising headlines about the power of antioxidants—nutrients that act as disease fighters in the body. But before you load up on special drinks or supplements that claim to hold the power of antioxidants, realize that these nutrients can be consumed best by
Q: Is it safe to take a drug “off-label?” My doctor recommended I do so.
A: “Off-label” drugs are drugs prescribed for a purpose other than those for which they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The drugs have full FDA approval—just not for treating the specific health