With a brutal cold and flu season fresh in our minds, there’s increased attention and awareness on preventing and treating pneumonia, which can affect both children and adults with immune systems already weakened by viral infection. People with chronic health conditions or those who have undergone recent surgeries or lengthy
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You lost a loved one, suffered through a divorce, or sent your eldest to college. Now, your heart is aching, your blood pressure is rising, and you’re feeling breathless. If you’re fit and healthy with no history of heart disease, you’re probably suffering from broken heart syndrome, a condition that
One of the lung problem symptoms people in the last stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may experience, according to the standard COPD GOLD classification, is a low level of oxygen in their blood. This condition is called hypoxemia, and can cause increased difficulty breathing, and further impair the ability
Because your jaw is one of the joints you use most often, dealing with jaw pain can be difficult—it can affect your ability to talk and eat. Often, jaw pain is related to problems with your teeth resulting from an oral health issue or from a habit like teeth-grinding.
Tai chi, which began as a noncompetitive martial art, was once considered in much of the U.S. to be a fringe form of exercise for older adults only. Today, it has moved closer to mainstream medicine practiced by people of all ages. In fact, tai chi benefits are being recognized
Have you ever had a bad chest cold and then, for weeks after, spent much of your day coughing and hacking? After a week or so, you may have wondered, “How long does a cough last?”—and whether something was really wrong. In the meantime, the cough disturbs your sleep and
Harry matched up with the profile of a person at risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and its potentially deadly complication, a pulmonary embolism (PE). Well into his 70s, he’s a bit overweight, a diabetic, has had both knees replaced, and survived a heart attack. He leads a very active
Raise your hand if you’ve heard of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. Okay, how many of you are you familiar with the term POTS? It’s no doubt more well known; between 1 million and 3 million Americans know about POTS because they’re affected by the condition, which causes dizziness, lightheadedness, or
What is a “mild heart attack”? You may have heard the expression and wondered exactly what it means. A bone can have a hairline fracture or a major break. A stroke can have relatively minor consequences or be severely debilitating. So can a heart attack be mild or major?
I can’t recall ever going to the movies with my family without buying a huge tub of hot, buttery popcorn. It’s the perfect companion to our favorite comedies, action flicks, and sob stories, and once you’ve had one handful, it’s very hard to stop yourself from reaching for another…and another.