Strict heart rate control for patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib), which often requires strong and expensive medications, as well as procedures to reach lower target heart rates, doesn't seem to lead to better outcomes than control that allows for slightly higher heart rates. One study showed..
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the most common chronic respiratory disease in older adults and kills more than 120,000 Americans each year -- more than diabetes and breast cancer combined. In fact, it's the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also referred to as an enlarged prostate, constricts the urethra (the tube through which urine exits the bladder) and thickens the bladder wall. The bladder may begin to contract when it contains only small amounts of urine. One of the most common symptoms of BPH.
Healthy bones are in a state of continuous breakdown and rebuilding. This process is called remodeling and is performed by specialized cells called osteoclasts, which resorb (break down) old bone, and osteoblasts, which form new bone. In young adults, remodeling happens in a balanced fashion that...
Silent strokes are small vascular events in the brain -- such as a brief interruption of blood flow to an area of brain tissue -- that cause lasting damage. However, unlike a stroke that is accompanied by symptoms such as acute weakness, numbness or language difficulties, you may never know you had.
Palliative care is medical care focused on maximizing the quality of life for patients and their families through attention to pain and symptoms, good communication about treatment options and achievable goals for medical care, and support and continuity of care throughout an illness and across care
Americans age 65 and older are at the highest risk of developing severe complications from influenza, but these same individuals receive less protection from an annual flu shot than others. While annual vaccination remains the best means of protection, a recent brief issued by the National Foundatio
Treatment for urinary incontinence will vary based on the type of incontinence you have. For urge incontinence, bladder training may be prescribed as well as medications that inhibit bladder function. Drugs or surgery can treat an enlarged prostate in men, and mild stress incontinence can be self...
Foods that are good natural sources of vitamin D include salmon, herring, mackerel and sardines. A number of foods and beverages are being supplemented with vitamin D; know how much vitamin D you're getting from your diet if you take supplements or are considering supplementation.
Antibiotics are sometimes necessary to treat sinusitis, but there are steps you can take to ease the symptoms. A saline nasal spray can help rinse the nasal passages -- you might also want to consider using a bulb syringe or neti pot to rinse your sinuses. Steam inhalation also can loosen mucus and.
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) affects more than 2 million Americans. Because it causes the upper chambers of the heart (atria) to beat in an irregular pattern that isn't coordinated with the lower chambers (ventricles), blood flow to the body can be hampered, leading to symptoms such as chest pain,...
Although we know that when we have a new pain we should see the doctor to determine the cause, many of us feel that back pain is so common it's nothing to worry about. But there are warning signs that back pain might be something more serious. You should see your doctor if: You're 70 years or older
A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is an episode in which a person has stroke-like symptoms that last only a short time and do not do permanent damage. TIAs are often, however, a signal that a full stroke is imminent, with 4% to 10% of people having a stroke within 48 hours of a TIA.
During a kidney transplant, the failed kidneys are usually not removed unless kidney cancer is present or the kidneys are very large due to polycystic kidney disease. The new kidney is positioned lower in the abdomen and connected to the bladder and major blood vessels. The operation usually lasts.
Glaucoma is a disease in which the optic nerve is damaged, usually due to high pressures within the eye. The nerve damage can result in a slowly progressive loss of vision, beginning with peripheral vision. Diagnosing glaucoma before there is vision loss is critical, since there is no way to restore