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Treat Mood and Anxiety Disorders to Protect Your Heart

Research suggests that what affects the cardiovascular system affects the brain, and vice versa. This interrelationship between head and heart can have life-or-death consequences, as illustrated recently by a study that found that heart patients with anxiety and/or depression face greatly increased risk of dying.

Researchers assessed 900 older adults with

Treat Health Problems Before They Trash Your Memory

Problems with cognition and memory are not necessarily a normal aspect of aging, and they should not be ignored, an MGH neuropsychologist cautions. The first step in addressing these problems is to get a thorough medical assessment to rule out cardiovascular disease, hypothyroidism, and many of the other medical issues

What Causes Shortness of Breath?

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

10 Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

10 Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

Vitamin D deficiency symptoms have been linked to numerous health problems, including heart disease, depression, and even cancer.[1] Here are 10 signs you’re not getting enough vitamin D:

Depression or anxiety
Bone softening (low bone density) or fractures
Fatigue and generalized weakness
Muscle cramps and weakness
Joint pain (most noticeable in the back and knees)
Blood

What Is Hypertension?

What Is Hypertension?

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can be a factor in coronary artery disease (CAD), heart failure, and stroke. But what is hypertension (otherwise known as high blood pressure)?

Well, blood pressure is just the force of blood against the inside walls of the arteries. Hypertension is a condition

The Benefits of Physical Therapy

The Benefits of Physical Therapy

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.

Blood Pressure Chart: Where Do Your Numbers Fit?

Blood Pressure Chart: Where Do Your Numbers Fit?

A nurse takes your blood pressure at your annual physical. The numbers are recorded and the checkup continues. But do you know where on the blood pressure chart your levels are? Are they healthy? Too low? Too high, meaning you have hypertension? If you have high blood pressure or are

Ask the Doctor: Migraines; Neuropathic Pain; Hypertension

Q. I have suffered from migraines most of my adult life. Do migraines increase the risk for cognitive decline?
A. A recent study may put your mind at ease about the long-term cognitive effects of migraines. Researchers tracked 286 migraine sufferers for nine years and compared scans of their brains with

Natural Diuretic: How to Reduce Fluid Retention Safely

Natural Diuretic: How to Reduce Fluid Retention Safely

A natural diuretic is an herb or plant used for their effect on the urinary tract and fluid balance. Diuretics are primarily used to eliminate excess fluid from body tissues, to flush the urinary tract in the treatment of urinary infections, and in detoxification of the body via increased excretion

Getting Real About Alcohol Use and Abuse

Having “one more for the road” sounds ridiculous and dangerous now. But back in the day, drinking early, often, and to excess was steeped into our culture. Two- martini lunches and/or cocktails at 5 o’clock were (and for some people still are) a daily routine.

With age comes many experiences, including

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