The burden of high blood pressure in the United States is striking. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), 78,862 deaths in the United States in 2015 were due primarily to high blood pressure, and the number of deaths attributable to hypertension rose 37.5 percent from 2005 to 2015. Furthermore,
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Here’s the deal: A benign tumor is still a tumor. No, it’s not cancer, but it’s still an abnormal growth that shouldn’t be present in your body. And anything abnormal, including a benign tumor, needs to be monitored, at the very least.
Obviously, the diagnosis of a benign tumor is better
You’ve probably had a blood pressure reading dozens or maybe hundreds of times in your life. Unless you get a result that gives a nurse or doctor pause, you may not think much about those numbers. Or maybe you’ve wondered, “What is high blood pressure, and what does it reveal
Driving represents independence and freedom. It’s also a privilege and a responsibility that most people want to maintain for as long as possible. Age-related changes, however, affect your ability to drive safely. That doesn’t necessarily mean a leap to the extreme—giving up the car keys—but you’ll need to make some
Do you keep losing your keys, forgetting where you parked your car, or drawing a blank on names of people you just met? Maybe you can’t remember where you left your wallet more often than you’d care to admit. Such lapses of memory tend to get people of a certain
We sometimes associate hip problems with elderly adults—women more often than men—who have fallen and suffered a fractured hip. But middle-aged and not-yet-elderly individuals can have a variety of hip problems in addition to fractures. The type of injury or condition affects symptoms as well as treatment. With luck, the
The formula to determine the probability of a hip fracture is as simple as it is accurate: Age + weakened bones + a fall = hip fracture. And 75 percent of falls are experienced by women.
Ninety-five percent of hip fractures are caused by falls (usually sideways, says the Centers for
Vision doesn’t just depend on healthy eyes—it also depends on a healthy brain. This means that if your brain is damaged by a stroke, your field of vision and ability to process the images you are seeing may also be damaged. You may have difficulty recognizing familiar faces and objects,
You won’t “ruin your eyesight” from reading in dim light—sorry, mom—but you may occasionally experience eye strain when you overtax your vision for prolonged periods. Fortunately, eye strain doesn’t lead to vision loss unless it’s associated with some underlying medical problem. In most cases, you can get to the bottom
People who don’t view themselves as particularly athletic still need to engage in exercise to maintain their independence. So when you ask, “What is physical fitness?” the answer is anything that enhances your strength, flexibility, and mobility.
Balance and mobility, after all, are based on a certain degree of strength in