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Recognizing Heart Failure Symptoms

Heart failure—the disease—is gradual, progressive, and chronic. Heart failure symptoms can be described with the same three words. Symptoms of heart failure develop gradually—sometimes they are not even noticeable to the person. Heart failure is not a sudden, traumatic event. Neither are the symptoms. Heart failure is progressive. Its symptoms … Read More

COPD Treatment Regimens

Even though COPD cannot be cured, it can be treated. COPD treatment is aimed at reducing symptoms, preventing the disease from getting worse, improving the ability to exercise, preventing and treating complications, and preventing and treating exacerbations. Almost every person with COPD will be prescribed a short-acting bronchodilator (either a … Read More

How Long Does a Cough Last?

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 … Read More

Flu Season: How Long It Lasts—and How to Survive It

You likely read about the historic and unsettling flu season of 2017-18: In America, some 900,000 people were hospitalized and 80,000 died from the flu and its complications. The 2017-18 flu season was the worst we’ve seen since 2011, when there were 56,000 deaths. By comparison, flu-related deaths during a … Read More

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