Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., so it’s important that you can recognize the signs of a heart problem. Symptoms of heart disease, also called coronary artery disease (CAD), abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), and heart failure sometimes overlap. But … Read More
Age-related hearing loss affects 40% of Americans older than 75, and is becoming more prevalent as the population ages. Yet, researchers still don’t understand exactly why and how it happens, and effective treatments for it are lacking. People who are starting to lose their hearing are told to wait until … Read More
A common type of hypotension, or low blood pressure, is known as orthostatic hypotension. Also called postural hypotension, it involves a sudden drop in blood pressure when you stand up from a prone or seated position.
Orthostatic hypotension happens when blood pools in your legs … Read More
At some point in life, you may have experienced dizziness while standing up. Dizziness includes three subtly different symptoms:
Lightheadedness, where your head feels light, as if you may feel faint
Vertigo, where you feel that the room or world is spinning
Unsteadiness, where … Read More
I am the only person in my family who does not wake up and begin my day with a cup of coffee. I personally just don’t like the taste, but I am in the minority here; the majority of people I know are avid coffee drinkers, and they will take … Read More
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. … Read More
Balance—or your sense of equilibrium—is something you may take for granted. It helps you stay upright when standing, know where you are in relation to gravity, and walk and move without falling. Balance is controlled by the vestibular system in the inner ear: essentially, this system tells you how your … Read More
You've heard of vertigo, but do you know what benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is? It's a common inner ear problem that produces a false sense of spinning, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS). Many of us will experience … Read More
Vestigial organs and body parts refer to those that have little or no purpose in humans. They are a vestige left over from our ancestors. We have more than 100 vestigial anomalies, the most renowned of which are the appendix, wisdom teeth, coccyx, external ear, and male nipples.
Charles Darwin … Read More
Vertigo and osteoporosis have an unexpected link, research shows. People who have vertigo—the feeling of dizziness, spinning or falling even when the body is at rest—are more likely to have bone loss, according to a study published in the medical journal, Neurology. Conversely, people with osteoporosis, … Read More