Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a top Harvard Medical School teaching hospital, is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals. Our innovations in virtually every area of clinical care, along with our history of breakthrough discoveries and medical firsts, have improved the health of people around the world.
Brigham and Women's Hospital answered:Syncope, or fainting, may be caused by various medical problems. Syncope may occur rarely to frequently, depending on the cause. Some causes of syncope may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- vasovagal syndrome -- a sudden drop in blood pressure with or without a decrease in heart
We are still learning about how injuries to the ligaments are different in women and men. One theory is that women have looser ligaments than men due to our different hormones. Women are clearly subject to different neuromuscular imbalances than men due to our wider hips and the more narrow position...Read More
of Brigham and Women's Hospital answered:Basedon only the information we know, which is that you are having twins, I will assume they are fraternal (because this is so much more common than identical) and that you have reached the 20th gestational week. On average, according to a Clinical Physiology in Obstetrics 2nd ed. Oxford, the following...Read More
Brigham and Women's Hospital answered:Dyspnea (shortness of breath) can be caused by many conditions, including:
- chronic bronchitis
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- congestive heart failure
- diastolic dysfunction
- neuromuscular conditions
- pulmonary edema
- pulmonary fibrosis
Your health risks start decreasing quickly after you stop smoking, and they continue dropping over time. You’ll see big benefits after you quit, no matter how long you’ve been smoking -- even if you’ve already developed some smoking-related problems.
Look at the health improvements you can expect...Read More
Giving up cigarettes can be tough, but it is possible! Although quitting isn’t easy, many former smokers have succeeded in putting tobacco behind them for good. Here are some tips that can help you become one of them.
Before You Quit:
- Set a quit date.
- List your reasons to quit. By writing out your reasons,