Hypertension patients, ask your doctor about the results of the recent SPRINT study that finds striking benefits in a blood pressure level of less than 120 systolic.
Some heart valve implants are malfunctioning due to tiny blood clots, says a recent report. Does that mean patients with prosthetic valves are at higher risk of stroke? A Cleveland Clinic expert explains.
If you take more than the recommended dose of a non-aspirin pain reliever in the belief the medicine is harmless, there’s good reason now to pay close attention to the directions on the label. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday strengthened warning label requirements for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which include pain relievers … Read More
As soon as you see any signs of a stroke, such as sudden weakness in the face, arm or leg, confusion or slurred speech, call 9-1-1.
Patients with atrial fibrillation (afib), the most common type of irregular heart rhythm, are five times more likely to suffer a stroke than those without afib. “Therefore, the most important aspect of afib management is the prevention of stroke,” says Oussama Wazni, MD, Director of the Outpatient Electrophysiology Department and Co-Director of the Atrial Fibrillation … Read More
If you’d like to cut down or eliminate or your consumption of meat, but you’re not sure how to get started, try what many dietitians recommend as a first step: Meatless Mondays. What are Meatless Mondays? As the name implies, it means refraining from eating meat one day a week — on Mondays. Meatless Mondays is a public health … Read More
Imagine what it would be like if you stopped breathing multiple times during the day. You wouldn’t think twice about calling a doctor. But people with sleep apnea stop breathing many times every night, and they may not even know it. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder that occurs when breathing is interrupted … Read More
Body fat gets a bad rap, but you’d die without it. Body fat stores crucial energy. It provides insulation. It protects your organs. It even helps hold your cells together. But too much of a good thing can be fatal. Explore this field guide to human body fat. Discover the different colors and what they mean. … Read More
From surgical side effects to overactive bladder, there are several causes of male urinary incontinence. Fortunately, several treatment options can help relieve it. Incontinence occurs when your bladder’s sphincter muscle is not strong enough to hold back the urine. It can also happen when your bladder muscles contract too strongly or your bladder gets too full before … Read More
How likely are you to have a heart attack or stroke? A simple blood test can help predict your risk. The PLAC® Test measures an enzyme, Lp-PLA2, that is produced when your arteries are inflamed and plaque (fatty buildup) is at risk of rupturing. When a rupture occurs, a blood clot forms over it, sometimes … Read More