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Ouch! Nocturnal Leg Cramps—and How to Stop Them

Ouch! Nocturnal Leg Cramps—and How to Stop Them

Up to 60 percent of adults have had nocturnal leg cramps.[1] These recurrent, painful cramps usually strike the calf muscles and can cause frequent awakenings and severe insomnia. They are more common in people aged 50 years and older. If you’ve suffered through them, read on to learn how to

What Is Cardiovascular Disease? It’s Actually Dozens of Disorders

What Is Cardiovascular Disease? It’s Actually Dozens of Disorders

You may hear the term “cardiovascular disease” used interchangeably with “heart disease” or any of several other terms to describe problems with your heart or blood vessels. But what is cardiovascular disease (CVD) exactly, and why does it seem to be applied so broadly to conditions related to circulation?

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What’s Causing My Tired Legs?

What’s Causing My Tired Legs?

If you often experience tired legs when the rest of you is wide awake, it could be time to have your cardiovascular health checked and to evaluate your muscular fitness.

Tired legs can actually be a symptom of several conditions, but typically the feeling is caused by decreased blood flow

Protect Yourself from Peripheral Artery Disease

About 8.5 million Americans have peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and up to 20 percent of them are age 60 and older. The fact seniors are living longer likely underpins these numbers, says Jeffrey W. Olin, DO, professor of medicine (cardiology) and

Battling the Opioid Crisis in America

The statistics speak for themselves: Sales of precription opioid medications quadrupled from 1999 to 2010, and opioid-related deaths more than tripled from 1999 to 2012, according to the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One question that has repeatedly been asked is, “How did

Q&A: Sciatica; Hydration; Cheese

Q. My husband’s leg pain has been attributed to sciatica. What exactly is this, and how is it treated?
A. The sciatic nerve is a collection of nerve fibers at the base of the spine that come together and form the sciatic nerve, which runs below the piriformis muscle in the

4. Tests to Assess Your Risk

You’ve read about the risks of dyslipidemia, the underlying contributors to cholesterol abnormalities, and the factors (in addition to cholesterol) that increase your cardiovascular risk. However, the only way to know if your cholesterol is high and whether you have any other cardiovascular risk factors is to get checked periodically

Baker’s Cysts Can Cause Pain Behind the Knee

Baker’s Cysts Can Cause Pain Behind the Knee

Most frequently occurring in women over 40, a Baker’s cyst is basically swelling in the form of a soft lump behind the knee. This area is called the popliteal space, which is the small indent in the back of your knee where the femur and the tibia meet. Sometimes called

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