Can the Risks of Having a Stroke be Controlled?

June 24th, 2016

Stroke is a phenomenon impossible to ignore because of its frequency and serious consequences: death, disability, long and difficult recovery. Worldwide, it is one of the top causes of death and the leading cause of disability.

This means that in the world, one in ten deaths are caused by stroke.

Besides the typical stroke – ischemic or hemorrhagic – with known neurological manifestations (paralysis, impaired speech or vision, severe headache) or transient ischemic attack (neurological symptoms disappear within a few minutes, maximum 60 minutes), there are silent strokes.

What are the Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention of Strokes?

June 22nd, 2016

When the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or blocked for any kind of reason, the consequences are dramatic. Control over perception, movement, speech, or other mental or bodily functions is impaired, and consciousness itself may be lost.

Interruption of blood circulation to the brain may result in a stroke — a disorder that occurs in two basic forms, and both are potentially life-threatening.

Blood clots are formed near the brain. Almost all strokes are due to blockage of the oxygen-rich blood flowing to the brain. Ischemic strokes are triggered by either a thrombus (a stationary clot that forms in a blood vessel) or an embolus (a clot that travels through the bloodstream and becomes lodged in a vessel).

What are the Facts about Stroke Risks?

June 20th, 2016

Most of us are aware of strokes and the fact that they can severely impair the way we live our lives. No one wants to suffer one, which is why finding out more about them is a good way to help lower the odds of having one in the first place.

Every single year, hundreds of thousands of people suffer from a stroke. When most people think of illnesses that result in death, they tend to think of heart disease and cancer as being the biggest killers. This is indeed true, but strokes come in third place on the list, so you can see they do account for many deaths each and every year.

What Differentiates Chronic Bronchitis from Emphysema?

June 17th, 2016

Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are characterized by chronically blocked breathing passages.

Collectively, asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema or any combination are referred to as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Usually Bronchitis and Emphysema occur together.

The most common chronic lung diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases is more common in men than women, probably because, until recently, men were more likely to smoke heavily. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema do not always produce symptoms. sometimes there is only slight disability in many people.

Both of these diseases tend to worsen over time.

Can the Summer Heat Cause Breathing Issues?

June 15th, 2016

When you think of summer, the first thing that will usually come to mind is the heavy, hot air that encompasses most days. The air can sometimes feel so thick that breathing it in can make you feel tired and drained.

Can you imagine what it would be like for someone already dealing with limited breathing issues? Can you imagine how much that overheated air would further limit or restrict their oxygen intake?

Summer Heat and Your Body

What Does a Diagnosis of Status Asthmaticus Mean?

June 13th, 2016

Status Asthmaticus is a chronic respiratory disorder in which a person experiences difficulty in breathing, accompanied by wheezing and a “tight” chest. Additional symptoms can be a dry cough and vomiting (usually in children).

An asthma attack may start suddenly. The fear and worry that this causes can prolong the attack.

Attacks are caused by a narrowing of the small bronchial tubes in the lungs. The most common kind of asthma (allergic bronchial asthma) is caused by an allergic reaction. Many pollens, molds, dusts (especially dust containing the house mite), and animal hair and dander can cause allergic-type asthma attacks.

Do You Experience Acid Reflux or Non-Acid Reflux?

June 10th, 2016

Have you ever experienced a burning sensation in your chest? Have you ever felt a burning sensation in your throat followed by a really foul taste in your mouth? If you have had either of them, then you have probably experienced is acid reflux or heartburn.

Acid reflux is a common condition that almost everyone experiences at least once during their lifetime.

During digestive process, the stomach produces enzymes and acid to digest food. When the mixture of stomach acid and enzymes backup or reflux into the esophagus, acid reflux occurs. The most common symptom of acid reflux is a burning sensation behind the breast bone (sternum).

Are Acid Reflux and GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease) the Same Thing?

June 8th, 2016

If you have had heartburn or indigestion recently, you are probably among 60 million others who experience heartburn each month. It is very common. If it occurs more than twice a week, the amount of acid reflux may be excessive or indicative of more serious digestive problems.

When it becomes frequent enough to interfere with your daily life or appetite, it should be a concern to you. The condition is known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD).

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