Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition in which a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. Deep vein thrombosis can cause leg pain, but often occurs without any symptoms.
A common suggestion given by all different types of healthcare professionals is to ‘avoid stress.’ I often hear friends or colleagues or patients say they are “stressed-out,” which is now a favorite American catchphrase for when we are overwhelmed, overworked, and fatigued.
With kids back to school, many of us adults look to start our exercise programs, and lose a few pounds before the holidays. The best way to do this is by starting an exercise program. But, many of my patients ask, where does one begin?
For thousands of Americans, the first time they are diagnosed with cardiovascular disease is at a time of acute physiological trauma: a heart attack, stroke, or other major event. As much as the healthcare industry has been working to educate the public about disease prevention, risk factors, and symptomology, there are still plenty of people who believe “it couldn’t happen to me.”
Question: I am 55 years old and I’ve always been worried about dying of breast cancer. However, I have been told recently that a woman my age has a ten times greater chance of dying from heart disease instead. Is this true?
In clinical practice all over the country, physicians have seen an alarming increase in the number of MRSA cases coming into our exam rooms and emergency rooms. The conventional thinking is that certain populations are particularly vulnerable to this bacterial infection – those in hospitals, the elderly, young children, or those with lowered immune systems – but it’s increasingly (and disturbingly) common for healthy adults and children to contract MRSA and its devastating spread throughout the body.
Broken hearts have been inspiring poets and songwriters for centuries. There’s a reason for this, beyond waxing philosophical or romantic. When a person refers to their heart “swelling” while looking at someone they love, or feeling the heart “crushed” at the thought of someone they lost, they aren’t just being metaphoric.
With all the medical information in the zeitgeist, on the internet, and in your doctor’s offices, I’m often asked where to begin when changing poor habits to healthy ones.
Many of us find it easy to settle into our routine when we are at home or at work. However, what about when we are on vacation, especially in the summer? Part of he wonderful experience of being on vacation is to break routine, and give ourselves a refreshing new look at different surroundings. There are some things that will keep you safe and healthy despite the changes in scenery. Some are so crucial to your health they should be incorporated into your daily life as well.
Summer in Kansas, is filled with hot days, warm nights, barbeques and tons of outdoor activities. The summer months are perfect for toning up, getting more physically fit and connecting with friends. However, as we embrace all of our summer pursuits, it’s helpful to keep in mind some of the finer points.