Find the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our series, “The Short Answer.” Preventive cardiologist Haitham Ahmed, MD, MPH, answers this one.
We have all heard about the pain of passing a kidney stone — and those who’ve experienced it never want to go through it again. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to help prevent this common disorder of the urinary tract.
Talking about diseases and poor health isn’t always easy. But asking a few simple questions — and taking notes for a family health history — start a conversation that leads to better health for everyone.
Colorectal cancer is generally not viewed as a disease of younger people. However, over the last twenty years, colorectal cancer rates in people ages 20 to 49 have increased significantly. This uptick is expected to continue over the next two decades. Researchers are trying to understand why. Experts don’t have any definitive data that shows … Read More
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Talking about heart conditions and other health problems may not be ideal family dinner conversation, but it could improve the health of people you love the most. Certain traits you share with your direct relatives can strongly influence your heart health now and in the future. Knowing your family history of heart problems helps you … Read More
Cardiologists get asked a lot of questions by their inquisitive patients, including “What is the widow maker artery?” The left descending artery or LAD has earned a dubious distinction. The low survival rate when patients experience a heart attack there spawned the term “widow maker.” To understand more about the LAD’s role in coronary circulation, … Read More
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. This disease takes its toll on families, both patients and their caregivers. With that in mind, many people want to know, “If it happened to someone in my family, can it happen to me, too?” Our understanding of the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease lags behind … Read More
A family health history can help you and your doctors create a personalized care plan. Here’s a guide to help you gather this important information, which will benefit both you and your family. You can get the conversation going at any family gathering. Get more tools and resources to help you collect your family health history.
When you gather around the table with your family this Thanksgiving, don’t just ask them to pass the mashed potatoes. Ask them about their health history. November is Family Health History Month, and the holidays are the perfect time to gather information you and your doctors need to craft a roadmap for preventing disease. Use … Read More
In 2009, it was responsible for 24 percent of deaths among all females. It kills an average of 400,000 women each year. Since this is October, you may assume I’m talking about breast cancer. I’m not. I’m talking about heart disease, which kills more women in this country than all forms of cancer combined. My … Read More