Breast cancer surgery
Know your options
Knowing the difference between lumpectomy and mastectomy — and their implications — can help bring a sense of calm and control to breast cancer decision making. New approaches to cancer removal can preserve a more natural breast appearance even when mastectomy is performed.
Resistance training is the simplest and most effective way to preserve muscle mass and strength — or to regain lost muscle. Older adults often experience remarkable improvement in strength within weeks or months of starting a strength training program. The squat — an exercise that involves moving up and... Read More
Thoracic aortic aneurysm
The aorta is the body's largest blood vessel, a superhighway responsible for carrying oxygen-filled blood from the heart to the body. Shaped like a candy cane, and about as wide as a garden hose, the aorta exits from the top of your heart with initial branches that supply blood... Read More
Panic attack or heart attack?
You were certain you were having a heart attack. After you narrowly missed hitting that deer with your car, a sudden and intense bout of chest pain, shortness of breath and shakiness left you pulling off the road and calling for help. But testing done in the emergency department... Read More
Making the most of eyedrops
Many people feel that a good deal of their eyedrop medication — which can be expensive — goes to waste. To make the most of your eyedrops and avoid spillage, follow these tips: Aim for a proper angle — Tilt your head back and look upward so...Read More
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Sticking with your statin to lower cholesterol
For people at moderate to high risk of a heart attack or stroke, cholesterol lowering statin drugs can substantially reduce that risk — and also the risk of dying of a heart attack and stroke — compared with those at similar risk who don't take a statin. That's a...Read More
Are there ways to prevent choking?
A: This is a great question for older adults, because most deaths due to choking occur in adults over age 65. Older adults are at higher risk because they are more likely to have swallowing difficulty, more likely to have greater difficulty chewing due to dentures, or more likely... Read More
Why am I anxious with bad memories after caregiving for my spouse in the ICU?
A: It's possible that you may be experiencing a condition called post-intensive care syndrome-family (PICS-F). This is new or worsening symptoms of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that can occur in caregivers when a loved one is in the ICU, and persist well past the ICU experience.... Read More