Implanted heart devices
Advances in technology
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.
If you seek out an antibiotic at the first sign of an infection, you're not alone. But you may not be aware of the risks of unnecessary antibiotic use — including the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Here's a closer look at situations in which antibiotics help and those... Read More
Sex after heart attack
After surviving a heart attack, many people appropriately focus on the fundamentals such as changing eating habits, improving fitness, losing excess weight or managing mental health. It's easy to forget to ask — or to be reluctant to ask — about a safe return to sexual activity. One... Read More
Your kidneys perform a number of important tasks, including removing waste products and excess water from your body. Unfortunately, many diseases common with aging — such as diabetes and high blood pressure — can damage your kidneys over time. Gradual loss of kidney function ultimately may lead to kidney... Read More
Life with a pacemaker
Pacemaker technology is dependable, but there are precautions you need to take, including: Checking with your doctor about vigorous activity — About four weeks after implantation, your doctor will likely give you the OK to resume normal activities. While exercise is encouraged, ask your doctor before starting...Read More
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Tooth brushing reduces cardiovascular risks
Brushing your teeth twice daily is important for maintaining good oral hygiene. This daily routine can also benefit your heart. A study presented at the 2018 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions provides new evidence of this link. The study's 682 participants self-reported their tooth-brushing habits compared with the...Read More
Moderate exercise can improve mental sharpness
If you're an older adult who doesn't exercise, you may rationalize your sedentary ways by telling yourself it's too late to make much of a difference in your physical and mental health. However, according to a study in Neurology , it takes very little exercise to make often fairly...Read More
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?
A: You have reason to be concerned. Having firearms becomes increasingly risky as mild cognitive impairment slides into more-severe dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Risks include: Suicide — It's estimated that more than 90 percent of firearm deaths in older adults are suicides. Suicide is the leading cause... Read More