We typically think of muscular dystrophy as a singular disease. But, per the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, it’s more complex than that: “The muscular dystrophies (MD) are a group of more than 30 genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control
An elderly female patient was dozing late one afternoon when a therapeutic recreation staff member, a Golden Retriever, and the volunteer dog handler walked into her hospital room. She woke and she seemed confused, then her eyes brightened and she smiled. The dog approached her bedside, and the woman patted
On a cold night last winter I received a call from the local EMS associated with my hospital. They were bringing us a 50ish white male found sleeping in an apartment lobby. He was slightly responsive but not making sense—and he had the classic caustic, sweet-sour breath diagnostic of alcohol
Emergency Medical Service Providers Affect Survival After Cardiac Arrest
A person’s odds of survival after a cardiac arrest can differ by more than 50 percent depending on which emergency medical service (EMS) agency provides initial care, according to a new study published in JAMA Cardiology. The researchers analyzed data from the
Receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be emotionally charged, and practical matters may be neglected. But at some point, early on, it will be necessary to make certain legal and financial decisions and to think about future care. Even if a person with Alzheimer’s disease is still capable of handling his
If you have injured yourself—be it a sprained or strained muscle, a torn ligament, or a broken bone—or if you have a physical condition that affects your joint flexibility and mobility, you may be tempted to take to your bed in order to alleviate your discomfort and recover your strength.
You’ve no doubt seen movies or television shows in which a character clutches his or her chest for a moment and then collapses because of a heart attack. Or maybe you’ve actually seen someone experience such an event—or suffered a heart attack yourself. If so, it’s possible that your symptoms
The sudden passing of longtime rock’n’roll star Tom Petty on Oct. 3, 2017 sent people in search of information about the cause of his death, attributed by his family in a press release as cardiac arrest, with a pending autopsy expected to shed light on the event. So what is
In addition to blood tests, chest X-ray, EKG, echocardiogram, PET scan, or MRI, your doctor may prescribe a nuclear stress test or a MUGA scan. These are all ways a cardiologist can evaluate heart failure.
Your cardiologist will begin by taking a thorough medical history, discussing your symptoms, and conducting an