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What You Need to Know About Pulmonary Embolisms

When someone is short of breath or having pain in the chest, they rarely think of pulmonary embolism (PE) — a blood clot that travels through your bloodstream (generally from your legs) and gets lodged in an artery in your lung. If PEs are not treated quickly, they can cause heart or lung damage and … Read More

Battling the Bulge: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a bulge that can form in a section of the aorta, the body’s main artery, occurring in the belly area. This part of the aorta feeds blood to the lower body. The aneurysm can cause the walls of the aorta to become overstretched and weak. These aneurysms develop slowly … Read More

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Can Niacin Be Harmful to Control Cholesterol?

Most people who need to control their cholesterol levels are prescribed drugs called statins if lifestyle changes alone aren’t successful. Another agent that is sometimes used to manage cholesterol, niacin (or Vitamin B3), has been the subject of much debate, due to questions about its effectiveness and safety, and because of side effects such as … Read More