In addition to high levels of LDL cholesterol there are several other risk factors that determine a person's risk of heart disease. They can be divided into those we can do something about such as high blood pressure, diabetes, being overweight and cigarette smoking and those we cannot change such as getting older and having a family history of heart disease. So to stay heart healthy we need to identify and treat those risk factors that we can do something about. Seeing your doctor on a regular basis and living a heart healthy lifestyle by eating healthy and exercising regularly will go a long way to reduce your heart disease risk.
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How does Crohn's disease differ from ulcerative colitis?
Both Crohn's and ulcerative colitis (UC) are forms of Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD). (By the way, IBD is not the same as IBS, irritable bowel syndrome.) It can actually be very difficult to distinguish between Crohn's and UC, but one of the key differences involves the areas of your system that each attacks. Here are a few things that doctors tend to look for:
- Crohn's disease most commonly affects the last part of the small intestine and/or parts of the large intestine (also called the colon). However, Crohn's disease isn't limited to these areas and can attack any part of the digestive tract. UC tends to attack the large intestine and/or the rectum.
- Crohn's disease causes inflammation that extends much deeper into the layers of the intestinal wall than ulcerative colitis does.
- Crohn's disease generally tends to involve the entire bowel wall, whereas ulcerative colitis affects only the lining of the bowel.
- The best way for doctors to confirm their diagnosis is to do internal exams. This usually involves using a device called an endoscope and also by taking biopsies.
What should a WisePatient know about heart disease?
Are you at risk for heart disease? In this video, Dr. Samin Sharma, MD, a leading cardiologist at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, explains who is at risk for heart disease and what they ask their doctor.
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