Crohn’s disease is a chronic autoimmune disease – meaning the immune system attacks the body’s own cells – that affects the gastrointestinal tract. It, along with ulcerative colitis, makes up the inflammatory bowel disease family. Although it can occur in any part of the gastrointestinal tract, Crohn’s disease usually involves the ileum, which is the part of the gastrointestinal tract where the small and large intestines meet. In addition to gastrointestinal symptoms, this condition can also present with skin rashes, fistulas, liver inflammation, joint disease (like arthritis), eye inflammation, kidney stones and clotting problems can all result from its effect on other organs.
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What is a medical oncologist?
Healthwise answeredMedical oncologists are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. They may be involved in determining the type and extent of cancer and providing treatments such as chemotherapy. After treatment, oncologists provide follow-up care to monitor the progress of people who have had cancer and resume care for them if their cancer returns. Medical oncologists may further specialize in treating certain types of cancers or treating specific age groups, such as pediatric oncologists, who only treat children. Medical oncologists can be board-certified in medical oncology through the Board of Internal Medicine, which is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
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What are the common types of heart disease?
Dede Bonner, Health Education, answered
The term heart disease is used broadly as an all-inclusive description. Most people think there is only one type of heart disease, coronary artery disease (CAD), which is the buildup of fatty plaque on the inside of coronary arteries. This is by far the most common type of heart disease and the number one killer in the United States.
But there are numerous other diseases of the heart muscle, veins, arteries, and circulatory system that affect the heart. The most common include:
- Arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythms, where the heart beats too fast, too slow, or is irregular). The most common type of arrhythmia is called atrial fibrillation, and it significantly increases the risk of having a stroke.
- Angina (chest pain or pressure occurs because the heart isn’t getting enough blood).
- Atherosclerotic heart disease (slow buildup of a blockage in the arteries feeding oxygen to the heart).
- Heart failure (also called congestive cardiac failure, caused by structural or functional disorders).
- Ischemia (reduced blood supply to the heart, which can result in angina).
- Heart valve disease (types include valvular stenosis and valvular insufficiency).
- Congenital heart disease (a heart defect present at birth).
- Heart muscle inflammation (called cardiomyopathy, with three main types: dilated, the most common type; hypertrophic; and restrictive).
- Pericardial disease (inflamed heart layers).
- Vascular heart disease (blood vessel disease).
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