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  • Dr. Harris H. McIlwain, MD - Tampa, FL - Rheumatology

    What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

    The most common first feeling or sign of coronary heart disease is discomfort in the chest. This can be a sensation of tightness, pressure, dull pain, squeezing, heaviness, aching, indigestion, burning or other discomfort or a combination of any of these. It can happen at rest or may only happen...Read More
  • Dr. Harris H. McIlwain, MD - Tampa, FL - Rheumatology

    What are risk factors for a heart attack?

    The risk factors for a heart attack are the following:

    1. high blood pressure (hypertension)
    2. high blood cholesterol
    3. cigarette smoking
    4. diet high in trans fats
    5. lack of exercise
    6. overweight
    7. stress, when it is uncontrolled
    8. personality, high level of hostility and anger
    9. male gender and

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  • Dr. Harris H. McIlwain, MD - Tampa, FL - Rheumatology

    What causes a heart attack?

    The basic problem in most heart attacks is the narrowing and hardening of the arteries due to atherosclerosis. Again, this process does not happen overnight but takes years to build up. This narrowing and hardening of the arteries is same process that can cause heart failure, strokes, and kidney

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  • Dr. Harris H. McIlwain, MD - Tampa, FL - Rheumatology

    What does chest pain from a heart attack feel like?

    The chest discomfort may be sudden, severe and dramatic. Some describe the feeling as if "an elephant is sitting on my chest." Others tell of having the feeling of a "hot poker" through the chest. Still others have only mild tightness, pressure or indigestion.

    The discomfort usually lasts more than

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  • Dr. Harris H. McIlwain, MD - Tampa, FL - Rheumatology

    What home exercise equipment should a beginner buy?

    If you are just getting started with exercise, read the classified advertisements for used exercise equipment such as electronic treadmills or stationary bicycles. Online auctions usually have these for sale and at greatly reduced prices. Some basics you might consider include:
    - Rubber mats for...Read More
  • Dr. Harris H. McIlwain, MD - Tampa, FL - Rheumatology

    What are some treatment options for sports injuries?

    Treatment options for sports injuries:

    • use ice packs for the first 48 hours, then apply moist heat twice daily on affected area
    • lose weight
    • do stretches and range-of-motion exercises to increase balance and muscle strength
    • avoid further injury and check with your doctor if not improved in...Read More
  • Dr. Harris H. McIlwain, MD - Tampa, FL - Rheumatology

    What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

    Common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

    • pain
    • fatigue
    • morning stiffness
    • tender points or localized areas of tenderness in muscles
    • sleep problems with difficulty sleeping or unrefreshing sleep
    • anxiety
    • difficulty concentrating
    • depression
    • swelling, numbness and tingling in hands, arms, feet and legs
    • headaches
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  • Dr. Harris H. McIlwain, MD - Tampa, FL - Rheumatology

    What are the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids?

    In the past, the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil (eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA), were used primarily for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) because RA involves significant inflammation and these fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects. However, we now know that other types of chronic pain also have inf...Read More
  • Dr. Harris H. McIlwain, MD - Tampa, FL - Rheumatology

    What are the symptoms of an enlarged prostate?

    The changes of prostate enlargement are very gradual over years. The symptoms can happen from either blockage of the flow of urine from the bladder or from irritation of the bladder. Symptoms of blockage happen when the enlarged prostate gland causes compression of the urethra, which carries the...Read More
  • Dr. Harris H. McIlwain, MD - Tampa, FL - Rheumatology

    How is carpal tunnel syndrome treated?

    Treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome:

    • Apply moist heat twice daily to the affected areas
    • Avoid the repetitive activity
    • Use a splint on the affected wrist(s)
    • If the above result in no relief, talk to your doctor about a local injection
      or simple outpatient surgical procedure Read More
  • Dr. Harris H. McIlwain, MD - Tampa, FL - Rheumatology

    What is sleep apnea?

    Snoring is caused by the vibration of the soft parts of the throat while breathing in and out during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) involves periods of breath-holding while snoring. The periods of stopped breathing are called apneas, which are caused by obstruction of the upper airway....Read More
  • Dr. Harris H. McIlwain, MD - Tampa, FL - Rheumatology

    What is osteoporosis?

    Osteoporosis is a disease that involves thinning of the bones, a decrease in bone density. Over time, as our bones become weaker, they become easier to fracture or break. For millions of older adults (mostly women) with osteoporosis, daily activities such as walking, bending, coughing, or...Read More
  • Dr. Harris H. McIlwain, MD - Tampa, FL - Rheumatology

    What causes fibromyalgia?

    Although the cause is unknown, some researchers think fibromyalgia may be the result of a genetic tendency, therefore, it may be passed on from generation to generation. When a person who has this tendency is exposed to certain emotional or physical stressors (like in an illness), there is a change in

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  • Dr. Harris H. McIlwain, MD - Tampa, FL - Rheumatology

    When should I go to a doctor for back pain?

    If you have back pain plus any of the following warning signs, call your doctor immediately:

    • pain that travels down one or both legs
    • pain that is worse with a cough or sneeze
    • pain that awakens you at night
    • changes in your bowel or bladder habits
    • fever or weight loss
    • pain in your...Read More
  • Dr. Harris H. McIlwain, MD - Tampa, FL - Rheumatology

    What causes erectile dysfunction (ED)?

    The most common causes of erectile dysfunction are:
    • diabetes
    • neurologic impairment
    • prescription medications
    • pelvic injury
    • psychological disorders
    • peyronie’s disease
    • vascular disease
    • hormonal imbalance
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