You may have seen TV commercials with Barry Manilow and less famous senior citizens talking about AFib. That's shorthand for atrial fibrillation, the most common cause of irregular heartbeats. When you have AFib, the electrical signals to the upper chambers of your heart become disorganized. A healthy heart beats steadily for about 60 times a minute at rest. With AFib, that … [Read more...] about A Quick Guide to Atrial Fibrillation
If you’re short of breath after climbing a few stairs, you may have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It’s a condition that affects almost 7% of adults, and your risk increases as you grow older. A diagnosis of COPD means you have one or a combination of certain lung disorders that make it difficult to breathe. That includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know about Living with COPD
Would you rather give up your phone for a month rather than skip your morning cup of coffee? Almost half of Americans agree with you, according to one social media poll. Still, with more than 400 million cups of java consumed each day nationwide, you may wonder about the impact on your health. A recent study confirms that the beverage you love probably poses little risk, … [Read more...] about The Surprising Truth about Coffee and Brain Health
Love songs celebrate romantic moments when your heart skips a beat. In reality, the experience can be more disturbing. Heart palpitations may involve a number of different sensations, like fluttering, pounding, and racing. They’re common and have many causes, which are usually harmless. However, a few require medical attention, and they can make you feel uneasy even when … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know about Heart Palpitations
If you’re like many adults, you’ve probably imagined what it would be like to be blind, but we tend to take our noses for granted. You might be surprised to learn how much your life could change if you have anosmia. Anosmia is the medical term for loss of smell. It’s becoming more of an issue now because it’s a common symptom of COVID-19. What would you do if you lost … [Read more...] about What Will You Do If You Lose Your Sense of Smell?