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Not many people are aware of the link between arthritis and heart disease, but it does exist. Osteoarthritis leads to stiff and painful joints, whereas heart disease affects the heart and blood vessels. They don’t seem to be connected, but they are.
It’s true, heart attack warning signs for women are somewhat different from men and what you may think you know. The media portrays heart attack victims grabbing their chest and falling to the ground, but it is not quite the same for women. Since heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, it’s best to recognize and take action with certain warning signs.
The mitral valve is one of four valves of the heart which makes sure blood flows in the proper direction. Sometimes a mitral valve degenerates and doesn’t close completely allowing blood to flow back into the left atrium, with Barlow’s disease being the most severe form. Stenosis is another mitral valve problem where the valve does not open completely causing obstruction of the blood flow. Both are serious conditions and without treatment can lead to congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, and irreversible heart damage. If you need surgery, here are 10 questions to ask your cardiologist about mitral valve surgery.
It’s always a good time to make patients aware of the proven link between COPD and lung cancer. If you know someone with COPD or if you suffer from this chronic disease, read and pass this information along!
When was the last time you took your blood pressure? If you smoke and are overweight, you may already be at risk for coronary artery disease. It is not something to ignore, so let’s find out what it is, what causes it, and how to reduce your risk.
If you are a fan of Mexican or Italian food, this article may make your heart skip a beat…and not just because of the hot peppers you may consume. It has long been known that hot peppers contain many healthy vitamins and health benefits, but now a study has concluded how hot peppers can potentially lower your risk for heart attack and stroke.
More than 700,000 adults in the US will suffer a stroke this year, and two-thirds of those people become survivors who will all need rehabilitation. It has been found that people who participate in a stroke rehabilitation program perform better long-term than those who don’t, making it an important step to complete in the weeks and months following a stroke.
Regardless of how seemingly minor or serious a particular upcoming surgery may be, it’s normal to be a little anxious. You can allay some of your fears and set yourself up for a successful outcome by doing your homework ahead of time and using these 7 strategies to prepare for surgery.
According to the CDC, lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world, and is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States for both men and women. The Bethencourt Group recommends that everyone understands the known risk factors for lung cancer and takes preventative action against them by implementing simple lifestyle changes.