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When to Seek Treatment for Bothersome Veins Nov 9th, 2020

No one likes the look of varicose veins. They leave trails of purple, blue, or red lines on your legs, feet, and ankles, often bulging out from the surface, giving them a 3D effect in addition to the discoloration.  Most often, varicose veins are nothing more than a cosmetic issue,...

Dealing with Fatigue and Chest Pain? You Might Have Pectus Excavatum Oct 6th, 2020

When you feel pain in your chest, your whole body goes on alert. And, of course, your mind starts racing with thoughts of heart attacks and hospitals. Add extreme fatigue to the mix and you know something’s wrong — but what? If you’re thinking pectus excavatum, you might be right. Getting...

Signs of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Sep 9th, 2020

It’s easy to imagine what would happen if your throat was blocked and you suddenly couldn’t get any air in your lungs. If you’ve ever choked on a piece of food, you know this terrifying sensation. It’s the same with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), except it’s your arteries that are...

Living with Esophageal Achalasia Aug 5th, 2020

Ideally, every time you swallow, food and liquid go down your esophagus, the long tube that leads to your stomach.  The muscles of the esophagus move the food downward, and when it reaches the bottom of the tube, it meets a sphincter, which is normally in the closed position to...

What Happens When Your Kidneys Fail? Jul 20th, 2020

You can hear and feel your heartbeat, and you can see your chest rise and fall when your lungs fill with air, but kidneys fall into that dismissive category of “out of sight, out of mind” — until something goes wrong.  Kidney failure can happen gradually or all at once...

Can I Get Emphysema If I Never Smoked? Jun 23rd, 2020

You may think of emphysema as a smoker’s disease, and you’d be largely right. Most cases of this lung condition are directly related to smoke from cigarettes, cigars, marijuana, pipes, and other similar sources. But just because smoking accounts for the lion’s share of emphysema cases, doesn’t mean that abstaining...

4 Myths About COPD: There's Treatment and Help May 26th, 2020

Think of your lungs as two balloons. When they’re healthy, they expand just like latex balloons at a birthday party. But diseased lungs lose their elasticity and can’t function at their peak performance.  Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for that condition, and it comes in two varieties....

These Symptoms May Indicate a Possible Aortic Aneurysm Apr 30th, 2020

Your aorta is a long vessel that transports blood from your heart to the rest of your body. It travels from your chest to your abdomen and branches off from there. If your aorta becomes weakened by disease, injury, or infection, it can develop an aneurism or balloon-like bulge. If the...

Spotting the Warning Signs of Lung Cancer Mar 9th, 2020

Approximately every 2.3 minutes, someone is diagnosed with lung cancer. As with any illness, early detection is the best way to stop cancer in its tracks. If you’re concerned that you or a loved one has developed lung cancer or you simply want to learn more about detecting the warning...

What Is Venous Disease (and What Can I Do About It)? Feb 12th, 2020

Your body is a miracle machine that works diligently each day to keep you alive. Your heart, which supplies blood throughout your body, lies at the center of all the actions your body performs to keep you healthy. Think of your heart as your body’s motor. But, like every machine,...