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Wound Culture Does this test have other names? No. What is this test? This test looks for bacteria or other organisms in a wound. The test is used to find out if a wound is infected. It can also see the type of organism that's causing the infection. This test requires a small sample of cells or fluid from a wound. Then the sample is cultured and looked at under a microscope to look for bacteria or other organisms. An infected wound may need special treatment, such as antibiotics. The antibiotics stop th...
White Cell Count
White Cell Count Does this test have other names? WBC count What is this test? This test measures the number of white blood cells (WBCs) in your blood. Cells in your bone marrow make white blood cells and release them into the bloodstream to help you fight infection. White blood cells are part of your body's immune system, which keeps you healthy and makes you well when you get sick. White blood cells work to destroy any foreign virus, fungus, or bacteria that enter your body and threaten to make you si...
Western Equine Encephalitis
Western Equine Encephalitis (CSF) Does this test have other names? Lumbar puncture What is this test? This test looks for the virus that causes Western equine encephalitis. This is a disease that is spread through bites from infected mosquitoes. Babies and young children who are infected are more likely to develop encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. Adults are less likely to develop this complication. Horses can also become infected. This test uses a sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This flu...
West Nile Virus Antibody (Blood)
West Nile Virus Antibody (Blood) Does this test have other names? No. What is this test? This is a blood test that checks for West Nile virus (WNV). This is a viral infection that usually affects birds. The virus spreads when a mosquito bites an infected bird and then bites a human. An infected mother may pass the virus along to her fetus during pregnancy or to her infant during breastfeeding. Some people may get the virus from infected blood or organs. WNV is most common during the summer and fall. Abo...
White Blood Cell (Stool)
White Blood Cell (Stool) Does this test have other names? Stool white blood cell test, fecal leukocyte (LOO-koh-site) test, FLT What is this test? This test looks for white blood cells in your stool. This can help your healthcare provider diagnose the cause of inflammatory diarrhea. White blood cells, also called leukocytes, are immune system cells that can show up in the stool if you have inflammatory diarrhea. This type of diarrhea may be a symptom of an infection caused by bacteria such as shigella, ...
When Your Teen Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery
When Your Teen Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery (Ages 12 to 18 years) Both you and your teen are likely anxious and upset by what's happening. Being prepared for the test or procedure will help both of you stay calm. Understanding the procedure will help you to be supportive when your teen needs you. What your teen understands During the adolescent years, abstract thinking begins and your teen can fully understand how parts of the body function, the medical problem he or she is experiencing, and the ...
When Your School-Age Child Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery
When Your School-Age Child Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery (Ages 5 to 12 years) Your school-age child will understand some aspects of what is going on right now—and you are likely anxious or upset by what's happening. Being prepared for the test or procedure will help you stay calm and supportive when your child needs you. What your child understands By age 7 or 8, school-age children are starting to develop coping skills as they think more logically and begin to understand cause and effect—if this ...
When Your Toddler or Preschooler Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery
When Your Toddler or Preschooler Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery (Ages 1 to 5 years) Your toddler or preschooler is too young to understand everything that is going on right now – but you are likely anxious or upset by what's happening. And your youngster is quite capable of sensing your unease and stress. For you, then, being prepared for the test or procedure will help you stay calm and supportive when your child needs you. What your child understands Your toddler or preschooler is able to grasp o...
When Your Baby Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery
When Your Baby Needs a Test, Procedure, or Surgery (Ages newborn to 12 months) Your baby is too young to understand what is going on right now – but you are likely scared and upset by what's happening. And your little one is quite capable of sensing your unease and stress. For you, then, being prepared for the test or procedure will help you stay calm and supportive when your child needs you. What your child understands In the first 8 months of life, infants rely on others to meet their needs for touch ...
Walking Pneumonia in Children
Walking Pneumonia in Children Pneumonia is a serious and potentially life-threatening lung infection. A germ called Mycoplasma pneumoniae is often responsible for a milder type of pneumonia called "walking pneumonia." People with this illness may feel unusually tired and run down, but they may not realize they have pneumonia and continue about their business. Facts about Mycoplasma pneumoniae About 2 million Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections occur each year in the U.S. Mycoplasma pneumoniae bacteria can ...
What Are Stem Cells?
What Are Stem Cells? Stem cells are special human cells that have the ability to develop into many different cell types, from muscle cells to brain cells. In some cases, they also have the ability to repair damaged tissues. Researchers believe that stem cell-based therapies may one day be used to treat devastating ailments like paralysis and Alzheimer disease. Types of stem cells Stem cells are divided into two main forms. They are embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells. The embryonic stem cells used...
What Is Plasma?
What Is Plasma? Plasma is the often forgotten component of blood. White blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets are essential to body function, but plasma also plays a crucial, and mostly unrecognized, job. It carries these blood components throughout the body as the fluid in which they travel. Click to Enlarge Facts about plasma Plasma is the largest component of your blood, making up about 55% of its overall content. When isolated on its own, blood plasma is a light yellow liquid, similar to the c...
What Are Platelets?
What Are Platelets? Platelets are tiny blood cells that help your body form clots to stop bleeding. If one of your blood vessels gets damaged, it sends out signals that are picked up by platelets. The platelets then rush to the site of damage and form a plug, or clot, to repair the damage. The process of spreading across the surface of a damaged blood vessel to stop bleeding is called adhesion. This is because when platelets get to the site of the injury, they grow sticky tentacles that help them adhere...
What Are White Blood Cells?
What Are White Blood Cells? White blood cells are an important component of your blood system, which is also made up of red blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Click to Enlarge Although your white blood cells account for only about 1% of your blood, their impact is significant. White blood cells, also called leukocytes, are essential for good health and protection against illness and disease. Think of white blood cells as your immunity cells. In a sense, they are continually at war. They flow through yo...
What Are Red Blood Cells?
What Are Red Blood Cells? Red blood cells play an important role in your health by carrying fresh oxygen throughout the body. Click to Enlarge Red blood cells are round with a flattish, indented center, like doughnuts without a hole. Your healthcare provider can check on the size, shape, and health of your red blood cells using tests, such as the complete blood count screening. Red blood cells at work Hemoglobin is the protein inside red blood cells that carries oxygen. Red blood cells also remove carbo...
Why Parents Shouldn’t Use Food as Reward or Punishment
Why Parents Shouldn't Use Food as Reward or Punishment It's common for parents to offer a "special"—and often unhealthy—food as a reward for good behavior or a job well done. They may also withhold those special treats as a means of punishment. A mother might refuse to serve dessert, for example, if her children have talked back or neglected to clean their room. Using food as a reward or as a punishment, however, can undermine the healthy eating habits that you're trying to teach your children. Giving s...
Workouts to Help Prevent Sports Injuries
Workouts to Help Prevent Sports Injuries Sports participation is a leading cause of injury in young people. Injuries can have both short- and long-term consequences. An injury can immediately sideline a player, putting both the fun of participation and the health benefits of exercise on hold. An injury that keeps a child out of the game over the long term can increase the chances of gaining weight, becoming less fit in general, and even developing arthritis in later years. It may not be always possible ...
What Is Sports Medicine?
What is Sports Medicine? If your child sustains an injury during exercise, sports participation, or any type of physical activity, you may be advised to see a sports medicine doctor for treatment. About sports medicine specialists Sports medicine doctors have special training to restore function to injured patients so they can get moving again as soon as possible. They are also knowledgeable about preventing illness and injury in active people. Although sports medicine doctors do work with professional ...
Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome What is Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome? Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW) is a type of heart condition you are born with (congenital). It causes a rapid heart rate. If you have WPW, you may have episodes of palpitations or rapid heartbeats. WPW affects between 1 and 3 of every 1,000 people worldwide. Normally, electrical signals travel through your heart in an organized way to control your heartbeat. This allows blood to pass from the upper chambers of your heart (the a...
Wilson Disease What is Wilson disease? Wilson disease is a rare genetic disorder that is passed from parents to children (inherited). It prevents your body from getting rid of extra copper in your system. Your body needs small amounts of copper from food to stay healthy. But too much copper is poisonous. Normally, your liver gets rid of extra copper by sending it out in bile. Bile is the digestive juice your liver makes. It carries toxins and waste out of your body through your GI tract (gastrointestina...
What Is a Gluten-Free Diet?
What Is a Gluten-Free Diet? Gluten-free foods seem to be everywhere these days. Restaurants and cafes regularly feature gluten-free dishes and pastries. Supermarkets offer gluten-free bread, rolls, and crackers. Many people are reducing or eliminating their dietary intake of gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and sometimes oats. But only those who have celiac disease need to completely stop eating gluten. Celiac disease is a condition in which the immune system is abnormally sensit...
Wegener’s Granulomatosis What is Wegener’s granulomatosis? Wegener’s granulomatosis, now called granulomatosis with polyangiitis, is a condition of the immune system. It causes swelling and irritation in blood vessels and other tissues. This inflammation cuts down or stops the flow of blood to organs in the body. The condition mostly affects the respiratory system. This includes the sinuses, nose, windpipe, and lungs. It can also affect the kidneys. However, it can damage any organ in the body. What cau...
When You’re HIV-Positive: What to Say
When You're HIV-Positive: What to Say Learning that you are HIV-positive can be traumatic and intensely stressful, although the diagnosis is not as terrifying as it used to be thanks to new and better drugs to treat it. Besides coping with your own reaction, you will need to decide whom to tell and how you'll tell them about your HIV status. In some cases, it will be better for you to share the information. In other cases, you may be required to tell, and sometimes it may be best to keep it to yourself....
Warfarin Sodium Solution for injection
Warfarin Sodium Solution for injection What is this medicine? WARFARIN (WAR far in) is an anticoagulant. It is used to treat or prevent clots in the veins, arteries, lungs, or heart. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is given by infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine? Side ef...
Warfarin Sodium Oral tablet
Warfarin Sodium Oral tablet What is this medicine? WARFARIN (WAR far in) is an anticoagulant. It is used to treat or prevent clots in the veins, arteries, lungs, or heart. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take your medicine at the same time each day. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice. Stopping this med...
West Nile Virus in Children
West Nile Virus in Children What is the West Nile virus? The West Nile virus belongs to a group of viruses known as flaviviruses, commonly found in Africa, West Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East. Flaviviruses are spread by insects, most often mosquitoes. Other examples of flaviviruses include yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, dengue virus, and St. Louis encephalitis virus. West Nile virus (WNV) is closely related to the St. Louis encephalitis virus. The West Nile virus can infect humans, b...
Water Safety—Prevention If your children are around bodies of water on a regular basis, you should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In case of an emergency, CPR can save lives, reduce the severity of injury, and improve the chance of survival. CPR training is available through the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, and your local hospital or fire department. Other specific drowning prevention tips include the following. Infants (up to 1 year of age) Infants can drown in just o...
Water Safety for Children
Water Safety for Children It takes only seconds for a child to drown. And it can happen without a sound. Although most drownings happen in residential swimming pools, children can drown in just an inch of water. Buckets, bath tubs, wading pools, diaper pails, and toilets and all places that pose a drowning danger for a small child. In addition, open waters such as oceans, rivers, and lakes pose a drowning threat to older children. Here are steps you can take to help protect your children: Never leave yo...
Why Children Bite
Why Children Bite Although biting is fairly common in young children, it is often worrisome to adults. A family member, playmate, or classmate at daycare or preschool may be the one bitten. Biting can be painful and frightening when it happens. It upsets other children and often angers teachers and other adults. Biting is usually caused by one of four different factors: Experimental biting. Experimental biting is done by infants and toddlers as they explore their world. They put everything in their mout...
Wilms Tumor What is Wilms tumor? Wilms tumor is a cancerous tumor that starts in the cells of the kidney. It’s the most common type of kidney cancer in children. It’s usually found by the time a child is age 3 or 4. The tumor can be very large before it’s found. And it may spread (metastasize) to other body tissues. The most common site for Wilms tumor to spread is the lungs. But it may also spread to the liver, lymph nodes, other kidney, brain, and bones. What causes Wilms tumor? Most cases of Wilms tu...
When to Call Your Physician
When to Call Your Physician Knowing when to call your physician, should the need arise, is very important for your baby's health and for your peace of mind. Listed in the directory below you will find some information regarding when it is most appropriate to call your physician, for which we have provided a brief overview. Fever in a Newborn Measuring a Baby's Temperature Behavior Changes Skin Color Changes Breathing Problems Gastrointestinal Problems
When a Baby Has Difficulty After Birth
When a Baby Has Difficulty After Birth All the baby's body systems must work together in a new way after birth. Sometimes, a baby has a hard time adjusting to life outside the womb. Health checks, including the Apgar test performed 1 minute and 5 minutes after birth can help determine if a baby is doing well or having problems. If there are signs the baby is not doing well, treatment can begin right away in the delivery room. The doctor and other members of the health care team work together to help the...
Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) What is whooping cough (pertussis)? Whooping cough, or pertussis, primarily affects infants and young children. Pertussis causes intense fits or spells (paroxysms) of coughing that often end with the characteristic whoop as air is inhaled. Whooping cough causes coughing spells so bad that it is hard for infants and children to eat, drink, or breathe. These spells can last for weeks. In infants, it may cause periods of apnea (not breathing). Whooping cough caused thousands of d...
Warmth and Temperature Regulation
Warmth and Temperature Regulation Babies can't adjust to temperature changes as well as adults. Babies can lose heat rapidly, nearly 4 times faster than an adult. Premature and low-birthweight babies don't have much body fat. Their bodies may be too young to control their own temperature, even in a warm environment. Even full-term and healthy newborns may not be able to keep their body warm if the environment is too cold. When your baby gets too cold, he or she uses energy and oxygen to generate warmth....
When to Get Genetic Counseling
When to Seek Genetic Counseling Genetic counseling gives you information about health concerns that run in your family. It includes a review of family history, health history, and/or pregnancy history. The goal of genetic counseling is to: Check your risk for having a baby with possible health problems Explain the cause of a health problem and how it is passed on Discuss what tests are available Figure out the outlook of a health problem Manage your health needs Treat a health problem Counseling session...
What are Chromosomes?
What are chromosomes? The human body is made up of cells. For example, when you have a sunburn and your skin peels, then you are shedding skin cells. In the center of each cell is an area called the nucleus. Human chromosomes are located inside the nucleus of the cell. A chromosome is a structure that holds your genes. Your genes determine your traits, such as eye color and blood type. Click Image to Enlarge The usual number of chromosomes inside every cell of your body is 46 total chromosomes, or 23 pa...
Warts in Children
Warts in Children What are skin warts? Warts on the skin are harmless growths. They are caused by a virus. Warts can spread to other parts of the body and to other people. What causes skin warts? Warts are caused by a type of human papillomavirus. Different types of warts are caused by different types of papillomavirus. Who is at risk for warts? Warts are more common in children than adults, but they can happen at any age. A person is more at risk for warts if he or she has either of these: Close contac...
Wheat Allergy Diet for Children
Wheat Allergy Diet for Children General guidelines for wheat allergy The key to an allergy-free diet is to avoid giving your child the foods or products containing the food to which he or she is allergic. The items that your child is allergic to are called allergens. A wheat allergy is an abnormal response of the body to the protein found in wheat. Wheat products are found in many foods. In order to avoid foods that contain wheat, it is important to read food labels. Foods Allowed Not allowed Beverages ...
Water Safety and Teens
Water Safety and Teens If children and adolescents are around bodies of water on a regular basis, parents should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), which, in case of an emergency, can save lives, reduce the severity of injury, and improve the chance of survival. CPR training is available through the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, and your local hospital or fire department. Teens and water safety Although older youth are more likely to know how to swim, they are at risk for d...
Weight Management and Adolescents
Weight Management Facts about obesity in adolescence According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about 20% of children ages 6 to 11 in the U.S. are considered overweight and 18% of teens (ages 12 to 19) are overweight. Many more people are now overweight than 15 years ago. This increase is seen in both sexes and all ages. Overweight or obese adolescents are more likely to be overweight or obese adults. What is obesity? Obesity is a generalized accumulation of body fat. It is found by measuri...
Why It’s Important to Plan End-of-Life Care
April 2015 Why It’s Important to Plan End-of-Life Care End-of-life care isn’t usually a top-of-mind topic. In fact, a recent study found that many people know little about it. But understanding your choices and making them known now can ensure you get the care you want if you ever become seriously ill or hurt. Planning for yourself In the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers looked at the results of a national health survey. Nearly 8,000 adults answered questions about their lifestyle an...
West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus What is the West Nile virus? The West Nile virus is spread by insects, most often mosquitoes. The West Nile virus can infect humans, birds, mosquitoes, horses, and some other mammals. West Nile virus occurs in late summer and early fall in mild zones. It can also occur year-round in southern climates. Most often, the West Nile virus causes mild, flu-like symptoms. But, the virus can cause life-threatening illnesses, such as: Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) Meningitis (inflammati...
Watch Your Weight
Watch Your Weight When is watching your weight necessary? According to the CDC, more than 68% of U.S. adults older than 20 are either overweight or obese. Extra weight is a concern because it may cause new health issues or worsen already existing health problems. A BMI of 25 to 30 is considered overweight. A BMI over 30 is considered obese. To help you determine if your weight is within a normal range, you can use a BMI calculator . Maintaining a healthy weight is especially important if you have or hav...
Women's Healthcare Guidelines
Women's Health Care Guidelines The National Women's Health Information Center offers the following 10 things you can do to help live longer, live better, and live happier: Be informed. Learn about health promotion and disease prevention and ask your healthcare provider for specific information regarding your needs. Be good to your bones. For healthy bones, be sure to replenish your stock of calcium every day with plenty of foods such as milk and other dairy products, tofu, leafy green vegetables, canned...
Whiplash Injury What is whiplash? Whiplash is an injury to your neck. It is caused by your neck bending forcibly forward and then backward, or vice versa. The injury, which is poorly understood, usually involves the muscles, discs, nerves, and tendons in your neck. What causes whiplash? Most whiplash injuries result from a collision that includes sudden acceleration or deceleration. Many whiplash injuries occur when you are involved in a rear-end automobile collision. They also happen as a result of a s...
Weight Gain During Pregnancy
Weight Gain During Pregnancy Weight gain during pregnancy varies from woman to woman and depends on body type. Each woman should talk with her healthcare provider about the appropriate amount of weight gain, as well as diet and exercise. 2009 recommendations for pregnancy weight gain by BMI (Body Mass Index) from the Institute of Medicine Prepregnancy BMI BMI Total gain range Rate of gain in 2nd and 3rd trimester Underweight less than 18.5 28-40 lbs 1 (1-1.3) lbs/week Normal Weight 18.5-24.9 25-35 lbs 1...
Work and Pregnancy
Work and Pregnancy Congratulations on your pregnancy! If you work, you might be wondering if you can continue working throughout your pregnancy. Many women do so without any problems. Pregnancy causes many changes in your body and your ability to continue working depends on your overall health, the health of the fetus, and what sort of work you do. Many jobs are safe to continue through pregnancy. Other jobs may be OK at the beginning of pregnancy. But later in pregnancy, some duties may need to be chan...
Warning Signs During Pregnancy
Warning Signs During Pregnancy What are some warning signs of possible pregnancy complications? Certain signs should be reported to your healthcare provider right away during any stage of the pregnancy. These include the following: Bleeding or leaking fluid from the vagina Blurry or impaired vision Unusual or severe stomach pain or backaches Frequent, severe, and/or constant headaches Contractions, where your stomach muscles tighten, before 37 weeks that happen every 10 minutes or more often Decrease in...
Well-Care Visits What is a well-care visit? In addition to taking your child to the healthcare provider when your child is ill, or needs an exam to participate in a particular activity, routine well-care visits are recommended. Well-care, well-baby, or well-child visits are routine visits to the child's healthcare provider for the following: Physical exam Immunization updates Tracking growth and development Finding any problems before they become serious Providing information on health and safety issues...
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom Teeth Extraction What are wisdom teeth? Also called third molars, wisdom teeth usually first appear in young adults between the ages of 17 to 21. Because most mouths are too small for 4 more teeth, they often need to be removed. This is called an extraction. It sometimes needs to be done as soon as they erupt. When should wisdom teeth be removed? These symptoms may mean that the wisdom teeth have erupted or broken through the surface, and should be removed before they cause more serious problems....
Water Safety for Parents
Water Safety for Parents The importance of water safety Although most drownings happen in residential swimming pools, children can drown in just one inch of water (such as in buckets, bath tubs, wading pools, diaper pails, toilets, hot tubs, and spas). In addition, open waters such as oceans, rivers, and lakes pose a drowning threat to older children. The majority of children who survive being submerged in water without brain damage are discovered within 2 minutes. Most who die are found after 10 minute...
When to Call For Help
When to Call For Help Anytime you are not comfortable with a medical situation, call 911 (or your local emergency number), go to your nearest emergency room, or call your family doctor. Immediate medical attention According to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the following 12 conditions warrant immediate medical attention: Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure lasting 2 minutes or more Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness Changes in visio...
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) in Adults
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) in Adults What is whooping cough (pertussis)? Whooping cough, or pertussis, is very contagious and mainly affects infants and young children. Whooping cough is caused by a bacterium called B ordetella pertussis. The illness is characterized by coughing spells that end with a characteristic "whoop" as air is inhaled. Whooping cough caused thousands of deaths in the 1930s and 1940s. With the advent of a vaccine, the death rate has declined dramatically. Pertussis vaccines are ve...
Warts What are warts? Warts are noncancerous skin growths caused by the papillomavirus. Warts are more common in children than adults, although they can develop at any age. Warts can spread to other parts of the body and to other people. There are many different types of warts, due to many different papillomavirus types (more than 100). Warts usually aren't painful, except when located on the feet. Most warts go away, without treatment, over an extended period of time. Common types of warts The followin...
What Is Spinal Stenosis?
What Is Spinal Stenosis? Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and pinches the nerves. This results in back and leg pain. In adults 50 years of age and older, the risk of developing spinal stenosis increases. Younger people who are born with a small spinal canal may also develop symptoms. Aging can cause the ligaments (tissues that connect the spine and bones) to become thicker and calcified. The disks between vertebrae break down. Growths called bone spurs may happen on bones...
When Your Weight Gain Is Caused by Medicine
When Your Weight Gain Is Caused by Medicine Some medicines can cause certain people to put on weight. This can be a good thing if you are underweight to begin with. If you are at a normal weight, then gaining a few pounds also might not be a big deal. But, if you are already overweight, this weight gain might be more of a problem. Your weight gain, if any, will depend on a number of factors. These include your specific medicine, your age, and other medical conditions you have. You might only gain a few ...
What Can Disease Management Do for You?
What Can Diabetes Disease Management Do for You? Living with diabetes is a day-in, day-out job. A diabetes disease management program makes the job a little easier by giving you the information and support you need. It helps you take care of yourself and stick to your treatment plan. And in the long run, it may lead to better health and fewer complications. Improve your self-care According to the American Diabetes Association, a disease management program helps you learn essential skills for taking bett...
With Diabetes, Beat the Heat
With Diabetes, Beat the Heat When the days get hotter, keeping close tabs on your diabetes becomes especially critical. These no-sweat tips can help you avoid diabetes-related problems caused by summer heat. Drink plenty of liquids Dehydration—losing a lot of fluid from your body—can be a problem for anyone in hot weather. If your blood glucose is high though, the body loses more fluid in urine. This means you’re more likely to become dehydrated. Avoid drinks that contain alcohol, caffeine, or lots of s...
What is a Transient Ischemic Attack?
What is a Transient Ischemic Attack? A transient ischemic attack (TIA), also called a ministroke or warning stroke, causes symptoms similar to those of a stroke. The difference is that TIAs don’t cause permanent brain damage, and they usually last less than one hour but can last up to 24 hours. Approximately one-third of people will suffer a stroke in the year following a TIA. TIAs happen when a blood clot or artery spasm suddenly blocks or closes off an artery briefly. This stops blood from reaching a ...
When It’s More Than the Blues
When It’s More Than the Blues Everyone feels a little down now and then. But people with heart disease are at increased risk for serious depression — and, unfortunately, many of them don’t know it. If not treated, depression can make you more likely to have future heart problems. Know the symptoms Sometimes it can be hard to tell whether you are depressed or just feeling blue. Here are some symptoms to watch for: Feeling sad or anxious Feeling guilty, helpless, or worthless Loss of interest in hobbies a...
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