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Chest pain is an indicator of a possible heart attack, but it may also be a symptom of another condition or problem. Chest pain isn't something to shrug off until tomorrow. It also isn't something to diagnose at home. If you are worried about pain or discomfort in your chest, upper back, left arm, or jaw; or suddenly faint or develop a cold sweat, nausea, or vomiting, call 911 or your local emergency number to summon an emergency medical crew. It will whisk you to the hospital in a vehicle full of equipment that can start the diagnosis and keep you stable if your heart really is in trouble.
Secondhand smoke is a serious public health problem, and is
almost as harmful for nonsmokers as smoking is for smokers.
Catheter ablation has emerged as a potential treatment for atrial
fibrillation, but about half of those who have the procedure need
a follow-up, it is not known if the treatment is permanent, and
there can be serious side effects. If you decide to explore this
procedure, find a doctor who does it often — it takes a lot of
practice to do it right. And at least for now, it is probably
best to think of catheter ablation as a treatment to keep atrial
fibrillation in check, rather than a cure for it.
The lack of mobility that often accompanies a hospital stay can
cause a blood clot to form in a vein. Blood-thinning medication
can prevent clots from forming.
People who ate walnuts daily as an addition to their regular
diets had more flexible arteries at the end of the trial period.
Statistics from an American Heart Association survey reveal what
women do and do not know about heart disease.
About one third of those who take the diabetes drug metformin
develop a vitamin B12 deficiency.
In a study, people who used a motorized scooter to enhance their
mobility experienced an increase in their levels of blood sugar.
Brief reports on a connection between shingles and stroke, the
heart-protective properties of oats, and a warning about
combining two HIV drugs in people with a heart rhythm problem.
The FDA has approved a heart replacement valve that is implanted
via a catheter. Men with heart disease who receive
androgen-deprivation therapy for prostate cancer should have
their heart health monitored carefully.
I am an 84-year-old woman who recently had stents placed in two
coronary arteries. The doctors, of course, told me to quit
smoking. I told them, as I have told all of my other doctors,
that I have tried to quit but just can’t. I have tried the patch
and Chantix, but neither worked. Support groups aren’t for me. I
have cut back, but that’s as far as so-called willpower goes.
Hearing over and over again that I need to quit leaves me feeling
depressed and weak. Is there some news about current or future
approaches that might give me and others like me some hope?