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Intermountain Healthcare answered:Lipid tests check the levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and other fatty substances in your blood. Test results help your provider evaluate your risk for coronary artery disease and your body's ability to process fats. They can also help your provider decide whether you need treatment or check...Read More
Potential benefits of spinal nerve decompression surgery (a surgery to take pressure off compressed, or "pinched," nerves in your spine) include:
- May improve or eliminate pain caused by a pinched nerve
- Can prevent numbness or weakness from getting worse
- With laminectomy (the simplest deco
Put simply, stress is the body’s emotional and physical response to a change. The change can be anything from the birth of a baby or scoring a touchdown to traffic jams, financial pressures, divorce, or illness. One of the ways your body responds to stress is by shifting energy from your immune system...Read More
If the muscle at the entrance of your baby’s stomach isn’t fully developed, it may allow food to move back up into the esophagus (the passage leading from the mouth to the stomach). This condition is called reflux and can lead to choking and increased apnea (when a baby stops breathing for short...Read More
The notes below show how you can eat healthy proteins for a heart-healthy diet -- from a variety of sources -- all day long:
- Instead of the usual scrambled eggs, try scrambled tofu or egg whites with fresh, chopped vegetables and herbs.
- Serve a high-protein fruit smoothie by
If tests show that you have peripheral vascular disease (PVD), your doctor will discuss your treatment options with you. Possible treatments for vascular disease include:
- Lifestyle changes. You can control many of the factors that cause PVD.
- Medication. You might receive medication to
High blood pressure affects 1 in 4 Americans. It makes your heart work harder, damages arteries, and increases your risk for heart disease. Cutting back on salt is important for everyone, but especially for people with high blood pressure, heart failure, or people who tend to retain fluids. Less sodium means...Read More
To give a glucagon shot:
1. Follow the instructions on the glucagon kit to mix the powder and liquid.
2. Measure the correct dose of glucagon into the syringe.
3. Inject the glucagon into the person's thigh or arm. You can inject the medicine under the skin or into the muscle.
4. Call the sick...Read More
Carotid artery disease is a type of peripheral vascular disease that affects the arteries that carry blood to your brain. It happens when one or more arteries are narrowed or blocked by plaque, a fatty substance that builds up inside artery walls. Carotid artery disease can increase your risk of stroke. It can...Read More
The risks of getting an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) include:
- Bleeding or infection where the pulse generator was inserted
- Problems related to the anesthetic
- Nerve or blood vessel damage
- Problems caused by electronic devices
Your doctor may recommend spinal nerve decompression, which is a surgery to take pressure off compressed, or "pinched," nerves in your spine, if you are having symptoms caused by a pinched nerve in your spine. A pinched nerve can cause pain, numbness, weakness, and sometimes problems controlling...Read More
Venous insufficiency is a type of peripheral vascular disease that affects the veins, usually in your legs or feet. Your veins have valves that keep blood from flowing backward as it moves toward your heart. If the valves stop working, blood backs up in your body, usually in your legs. Venous ins...Read More
Sometimes the blood glucose of a child with diabetes will be too high. This is called hyperglycemia. It may be due to:
- eating too much
- missing an insulin dose
Babies born prematurely, as well as babies born with breathing problems or nerve problems, are more prone to certain eye problems. Although the eyes are one of the first organs in the body to begin developing, they are not completely developed until several weeks after birth, even in a baby born...Read More
Use the log book that comes with your meter to record your blood glucose readings, insulin doses, and other information. Keep this record faithfully, for at least two weeks after your diagnosis -- you'll need this information as you work with your doctor or diabetes educator to assess your treatment....Read More