How can I stay healthy during flu season?
Boost your immune system by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep in order to help prevent the flu. Watch this video to learn more tips from Dr. Randy P. Martin on how to stay health this flu season.Full Post
What causes heartburn?If you are overweight, wear tight fitting clothes, or are pregnant you may experience heartburn due to the increase of pressure on your abdomen. Watch this video to learn more from Dr. Randy P. Martin about what causes heartburn.
Piedmont Heart Institute answered:What is the prognosis for Adult Refsum Disease (ARD)?
Adult Refsum Disease (ARD) is the most treatable of the leukodystrophies because phytanic acid is not produced by the body, but is only found in foods. With treatment, muscle weakness, numbness, and dry and scaly skin generally disappear. However, vision and hearing problems may persist and the sense... Full Post
Why do pandemic outbreaks occur?
Pandemic outbreaks are popular in the news right now, in part due to the recent Hollywood film, 'Contagion'. I sat down with an expert from the CDC to discuss this hot topic. He briefly explained how the virus spreads. “Viruses like the influenza virus are very susceptible to rearranging,” he explains. “So... Full Post
Is colon cleansing recommended?
I recently interviewed Dr. Galambos regarding colon cleansing. Here are a few important points we discussed, that might help you decide if it's right for you.
If you are considering undergoing a colon cleanse, keep Dr. Galambos’ advice in mind: Our bodies already have the natural abilities to flush out waste... Full Post
Is there any treatment for Sjogren's syndrome?
I recently interviewed Dr. Wilson regarding this 'invisible disease'. He mentioned there are several treatment options. “The first thing we do is treat the disease symptomatically,” says Dr. Wilson. It’s particularly important that patients use preservative-free eye drops, medication that help with saliva... Full Post
What are the treatment options for sepsis?
The most important aspects of sepsis treatment are:
- Early recognition
- The institution of early antibiotics
- Giving IV fluids
- When there is not adequate blood pressure produced by the body, health care provides may prescribe medications that address the issue
How is sepsis diagnosed?
According to a recent interview with Dr. Saberi, sepsis ensues and results in low blood pressure, decreased perfusion to the organs and shock.
There are several symptoms of sepsis that you should be aware of. “If you have a minor cut, for example, localized redness, swelling, warmth and discharge are all things that... Full Post
How does exercise benefit people with cancer?
According to Robert Allen, M.D., an oncologist at Piedmont Hospital, “there is more data emerging now that shows women, particularly breast cancer patients, who are more active and have an ideal body weight have a lower chance of their cancer reoccurring … it literally improves their chances for survival.”... Full Post
How is fibromyalgia treated?Fibromyalgia can be treated with combined therapy which includes reduction of stress, plenty of rest, physical therapy including daily exercise and adequate nutrition may all be effective. Two newly approved medications: lyrica and cymbalta. Full Post
Piedmont Heart Institute answered:What is choline?
Choline is no longer available in the United States.
Choline is a nutrient in the vitamin B complex that the body needs in small amounts to function and stay healthy. Choline helps cells make membranes, make a neurotransmitter (a chemical that helps nerve cells communicate with other cells), and... Full Post
What specialist deals with your heart?
Both cardiologists and cardiac surgeons are specialist which deal with your heart.
Cardiologists are medical doctors. There are many subspecialties of cardiology which include:
1. Cardiologists who place stents in the heart for blocked arteries otherwise called interventional cardiologists
2. C... Full Post
Are there side effects with long-term use of statin drugs, such as Lipitor?
There are no permanent long term side effects to the "statins." Individuals can have symptoms to the medicines such as mild muscle aches, fatigue, stomach complaints, or flu like symptoms. Often these symptoms are drug specific and go away with stopping the medicine. So if you have aches on one... Full Post
What treatments are used for a damaged aortic valve?In most instances, with a damaged aortic valve, the aortic valve itself will need to be replaced. Two options exist for aortic valve replacement. One option is a mechanical aortic valve replacement. This device replaces the aortic valve in a very durable, long-lasting manner. Such a valve requires... Full Post
What are the symptoms for right-sided heart failure?Right-sided heart failure refers to failure predominately of the right ventricle. This syndrome is characterized by excess fluid accumulation in the body. This is most notably characterized by swelling under the skin which is known as peripheral edema. This usually affects more dependent areas of the body such as feet and ankles... Full Post