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1. The Basics of Cholesterol

Chances are, when you hear the word “cholesterol,” you certainly don’t think of it as a hero of heart health. Rather, it’s taken on a villainous role in the cardiovascular health story.
But just as every good tale needs a villain, and just as most memorable villains have both good and

Blood Pressure Medication: Which Is the Right One for You?

Blood Pressure Medication: Which Is the Right One for You?

A third or more of Americans have high blood pressure, or hypertension. What is high blood pressure? When the heart pumps, the pressure against the walls of your arteries is abnormally high. The excess pressure, if not controlled, puts you at risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney damage, and other serious

8. Treating Hypertension

Usually, a diagnosis of hypertension comes with a prescription for a blood-pressure-lowering, or antihypertensive, medication. Eventually, many people with hypertension require two or more drugs to control their blood pressure. In many cases, people diagnosed with higher blood pressure may begin antihypertensive treatment with multiple medications.
You and your doctor have

PSA Lab Test Results: These 10 Factors Can Affect Your Numbers

PSA Lab Test Results: These 10 Factors Can Affect Your Numbers

It’s well known that the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test used to screen for prostate cancer is imprecise. Elevations in PSA may signal prostate cancer, but they also may be due to nonmalignant prostate conditions.

Further complicating the screening process is that several medications and a number of other modifiable factors may

7. Diseases and Disorders of the Pancreas

The pancreas is a six-to-eight-inch-long organ that extends horizontally behind the stomach near the upper portion of the small intestine. It supports the small intestine by producing enzymes needed to help digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Its other major role is producing the hormones insulin and glucagon. Both hormones work

Is There a Normal PSA Level?

Is There a Normal PSA Level?

There is no universally accepted “normal” PSA level. In the past, a PSA of 4 nanograms per milliliter of blood (ng/ml) or less was considered normal; however, more recent studies have shown that some men with PSAs below 4 have prostate cancer and some men with PSAs over 4 do

Pancreatitis: Understanding the Causes and Symptoms

Pancreatitis: Understanding the Causes and Symptoms

Pancreatitis can be either short-lived (acute) or long lasting (chronic). While chronic pancreatitis tends to be more serious, either type can cause dangerous complications. Excessive alcohol is known to cause pancreatitis. Or a gallstone from the gallbladder may lodge in the bile duct in such a way that it blocks

Normal Glucose Levels: Check Your Numbers

Normal Glucose Levels: Check Your Numbers

Normal glucose levels are important to monitor, even if you have not been diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, is the name of a group of diseases in which the body is unable to properly utilize blood sugar (glucose) for energy. There are three primary forms of

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