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What Is Scleroderma?

You may have heard the term scleroderma but what does it mean? The first half of the word has roots in the Greek word "skleros," or "hard." The second half of the word, "-derma," means "skin." According to the American College of Rheumatology, “Scleroderma (or systemic sclerosis) … Read More

What Causes Shortness of Breath?

You may jog up a flight of steps or take an extra lap in the pool and find yourself a little winded when you stop. Shortness of breath following those moments of exertion is normal for most people. But what causes shortness of breath when you’re doing something you used … Read More

Angina Pain Feels Like Pressure on Your Chest

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

What Is Cardiomyopathy?

Nearly half of all heart failure cases are caused by diseases that primarily affect the heart muscle. Together, these are known as cardiomyopathies. What is cardiomyopathy? Cardiomyopathy is a heart disease that often occurs without a known reason, but can be caused by various medical conditions, including infections (usually viral), … Read More

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