Chest pain is never good, but it doesn’t always indicate a heart condition. Often, the pain stems from a problem in the chest wall. Here are some common and not-so-common conditions that can affect your chest.
Lung cancer is quite common in the United States and worldwide, but not all lung cancers are the same. In this post, our team offers a brief overview of both common and uncommon cancers, along with their methods of treatment.
If you need dialysis, you must have an access port that allows your blood to exit and return to your body. Don’t get confused by the varying sources of information on the internet — get the facts about dialysis access here.
As a parent, you want nothing more than a happy, healthy life for your child. So seeing a sunken cavity in their chest caused by pectus excavatum can be alarming. Don’t panic. Here’s what you need to know.
When it comes to essential body parts, your lungs rank right up there with your heart. Fortunately, you can take some proactive steps to keep your lungs in top condition. Here are some hacks and habits to get you started.
Smoking ravages your lungs, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the leading causes of emphysema. But it might surprise you to learn that smoking isn’t the only risk factor for this serious lung condition. Find out more here.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths, so hearing the diagnosis can be frightening. But lung cancer treatments can be extremely effective, especially in the early stages. Here’s what you need to know.
There’s nothing more frightening than struggling to breathe. And if you live with a condition that compromises your lungs or heart, you may face this scary reality daily. Find out if oxygen therapy can help you breathe more easily.
You use them all day, every day, and your life depends on them working perfectly every time you take a breath. Learn some simple ways to ensure your lungs keep doing their jobs and what happens when they don’t.
If your heart skips beats, a pacemaker can get the rhythm back. If your lungs falter, a ventilator can breathe for you. In the same way, dialysis stands in for failing kidneys. Find out if and when you might need dialysis.
Your veins are like superhighways that transport oxygen and nutrients throughout your body, so you need to keep them healthy. But a few bad habits can sabotage your veins. Are you committing any of these vein no-nos?
Breathing is so natural, you may take it for granted, but just a moment or two of difficulty can cause fear, panic, and serious complications. So you need to know if you’re at risk for diseases that interfere with breathing, such as emphysema.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and whether you’ve just been diagnosed or you’ve been dealing with it for a while, here are some practical tips for coping with your condition in ways that support your treatment and survival chances.
There are a few unsung heroes in your body that don’t get enough credit for the vital work they do, and your chest wall is one of them. Take a closer look at this structure and find out why it’s so important and what can go wrong.
Smoking damages every organ in your body, including your veins, and is the No. 1 cause of all preventable diseases and deaths. Here’s what you need to know about how smoking affects your blood vessels.
When your lungs failed, you faced a life-threatening situation. But the scary incident is behind you, and you’re getting treatment. But now what? Find out how to live the healthiest life possible from this day forward.
Your aortic artery delivers oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body. You can’t survive without it. So if something goes wrong, like an aortic aneurysm, you need to know your treatment options.
As the pathway between your mouth and your stomach, your esophagus is critical to nutrition and life itself. Unfortunately, there are several conditions that can cause esophageal problems. Learn the signs and treatments here.
Shortness of breath is always scary, especially now when it’s a common sign of COVID-19. But it’s also the primary symptom of emphysema, so you should get diagnosed right away to get the right treatment.
When acid reflux becomes chronic and you reach for antacids more often than not, it’s more than just an annoyance. It could be causing internal damage called Barrett’s esophagus, and that could put you at risk for cancer. Here’s the connection.
You know varicose veins — those bluish, meandering, sometimes-bulging lines that form a network of unsightly blemishes on your legs. Are they just an eyesore, or could they be a serious medical concern? Find out here.
You’re constantly tired and your chest hurts. It could be a serious heart condition or just a bad diet, but those aren’t the only two possibilities. It could be pectus excavatum. Find out how to tell the difference and what you should do.
If you notice clear signs of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), consider yourself lucky, because you can get early treatment. It’s the signs you don’t notice that are most dangerous. Here’s what to look for.
Trouble swallowing, heartburn, and chest pain could be acid reflux. Or it could be a problem with your esophagus. Here’s what you need to know about achalasia, how to treat it, and how to live with it.
Struggling for air is terrifying, and if you live with COPD, you may live in constant fear of an episode that leaves you breathless. But knowing the facts can ease your mind. Here’s what you need to know about COPD.
Venous disease results when the veins in your legs don’t work properly. The disease can impact blood flow, which can lead to grave health problems. Here’s what you need to know about venous disease and how to correct it.