Surgery is stressful on the body and mind. The degree of stress depends upon many factors, including the magnitude of the surgery, the preoperative condition of the patient, and the risk of postoperative complications. Of course, every surgical procedure carries with it some risk, however small. In older adults it’s
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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 know how important your heart is: it’s the pump that ensures a continuous supply of oxygen-rich blood to your brain and vital organs. But for this system to work, it’s essential that blood travels through the four chambers of your heart in the right direction. Here is where your
Heart arrhythmia is the broad term for any heart rhythm that isn’t completely normal. But while some abnormal rhythms can cause complications if they aren’t treated, you shouldn’t panic if you’re told you have an arrhythmia. “Even if your condition is potentially serious, keep in mind that many advances have
MGH RANKS SECOND IN NATIONAL HOSPITAL RATINGS
Once again, Massachusetts General Hospital has been honored as a top American hospital. MGH placed second in the Best Hospitals 2013-14: Honor Roll, published by U.S. News & World Report. The prestigious rankings, published in July 2013, are based on surveys of nearly 10,000
CoQ10, or coenzyme Q10, is a naturally produced enzyme found in the mitochondria in every cell of your body. CoQ10 benefits include the making of ATP—the major energy source needed for cell growth and maintenance in powering several of the body’s biological processes. CoQ10 also functions as an antioxidant, which
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.
Fatigue, heart palpitations, progressive weakness, shortness
Q: What are antihistamines, and which ones are most likely to make me sleepy?
A: Antihistamines are medications that reduce or block histamine, a chemical produced by the body during an allergic reaction. Antihistamines may also be used as sedatives and sleep aids, and they are found in some cold and
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 Heart Association (AHA) describes