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The Multiple Forms of Hypertension

When you consider blood pressure, it’s important to keep in mind that not all hypertension is the same. Medical experts recognize several types of high blood pressure, each with different etiologies. Essential Hypertension Accounting for about 90 percent of all high blood pressure, essential, or primary, hypertension has no single … Read More

What Is Hypertrophy? A Closer Look at BPH

BPH is known by a number of names, among them enlarged prostate, benign prostatic hyperplasia, and benign prostatic hypertrophy. But, what is hypertrophy? Hypertrophy is the process by which a cell grows beyond its normal size and causes tissue growth. Some forms of hypertrophy are positive–as when your muscles grow … Read More

Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke Causes

About 87 percent of strokes are ischemic, meaning they are caused by a blockage of blood flow to the brain. Most ischemic strokes are the result of cardiovascular disease, or atherosclerosis. Ischemic stroke causes can also be from a clot (embolism) that forms in the heart or aorta, breaks away, … Read More

Cardiomyopathy: Understand the Different Types and Causes

You may know cardiomyopathy as a type of heart disease, but it’s actually more than that. Cardiomyopathy is really a group of diseases affecting the heart muscle. There are several kinds of cardiomyopathies, and each one has its own set of possible causes and outcomes. One of the common characteristics … Read More

Is Your Child at Risk for Rheumatic Heart Disease?

Up until the 1960s, anyone who developed strep throat was at an extremely high risk for rheumatic fever. It’s an affliction that can lead to rheumatic heart disease and other serious complications. But with the development of effective antibiotics to treat strep throat, rheumatic fever is far less common in … Read More

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