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Implanted heart devices

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Pacemakers perform two main functions — to monitor your heart rate and to send electrical impulses to ­restore a normal heart rate should it slow or become uncoordinated. Virtually all newer pacemakers also can sense increased exertion and adjust your heart rate to match your physical activity level.

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When is the right time to have cataracts removed?

A: In general, if your vision isn't bothersome, there's no harm in putting off cataract surgery. But if you begin to struggle, there are numerous benefits to having the procedure done. A cataract changes your vision from normal, left, to clouded, right.   ... Read More

My husband has cognitive decline. Should I be concerned about his firearm collection?

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