Medicine Documents

  • What's Heart Disease?

    Mention heart disease, and most people picture a heart attack. But the term covers several conditions that can hurt your ticker and keep it from doing its job. These include coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, cardiomyopathy, and heart failure. Learn the warning signs of each and how to react.

  • Sudden Cardiac Death

    This isn't the same as a heart attack. Sudden cardiac death happens when the heart's electrical system goes haywire, making it beat irregularly and dangerously fast. Instead of pumping out blood to your body, your chambers quiver.

  • Is It Alzheimer’s or Normal Aging?

    As you get older, chances are you’ll sometimes forget a word, where you left your car keys, or the name of a neighbor you bumped into at the market.

    These small memory lapses happen. They're a normal part of aging -- just like creaky knees, wrinkled skin, or blurry vision.

  • Acne in Men

    Most men who have acne as teenagers will outgrow the condition. But some men will still have severe acne decades later.

  • Tattoos May Pose Health Risks

    Getting a tattoo may put you at risk for long-term skin problems, a new study warns.

  • Some tips for being a good partner with your doctor

    Many people are more satisfied with their health care if they share the responsibility with their doctors. Your doctor is an expert on medical care, but you are the expert on yourself. Often there is more than one option for diagnosing or treating a condition. By being a partner with your doctor, you can help choose the option that best fits your values, beliefs, and lifestyle. You also will feel more confident about carrying out the chosen treatment.

  • Stroke Patients May Face Increased Risk of Suicide

    Danger is greatest in first two years after the brain attack, Swedish researchers say
    Stroke patients are at significantly increased risk of suicide, especially during the first two years following the brain attack, a new Swedish study shows.

  • What Happens

    When you have an ischemic stroke, the oxygen-rich blood supply to part of your brain is reduced. With a hemorrhagic stroke, there is bleeding in the brain.

    After about 4 minutes without blood and oxygen, brain cells become damaged and may die. The body tries to restore blood and oxygen to the cells by enlarging other blood vessels (arteries) near the area.

  • Long Sleep Time, Higher Stroke Risk?

    More than 8 hours a night linked to greater odds in study, but cause-and-effect not proved
    Adults who sleep more than eight hours a night may face a higher risk of stroke, a new analysis suggests.

  • Stroke Prevention: Lifestyle

    Risk Factors: Chronic Conditions
    Certain chronic conditions increase your risk of stroke. These include:
    •    High blood pressure
    •    High cholesterol
    •    Diabetes
    •    Obesity
    Taking steps to control these conditions may reduce your risk.