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What Is A Heart Murmur And How Do You Treat It?

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A heart murmur makes your heart beat faster than normal and handle more blood, putting extra stress on the heart valve. A murmur can be caused by several different conditions, such as high blood pressure, anemia, and an overactive thyroid. Many heart murmur cases are mild and do not require any treatment. However, if a doctor determines your heart murmur is severe and can hurt your health, he or she may recommend different treatment options.

24 April 2017

Preparing For At-Home Recovery After Open Heart Surgery

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Open heart surgery is a serious procedure. Not only is the actual operation tedious, but the process of recovery is just as strenuous. This is true both when it comes to recovery in the hospital, as well as care in your home. In terms of home care, the more prepared you are, the better your recovery period. Make sure you and your family members know what to do to prepare the home for your arrival from the hospital.

9 April 2017

Four Questions To Ask Your Oncologist Before Being Treated For Cancer

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If you have been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor, chances are your general practitioner will refer you to an oncologist. An oncologist is a medical professional who deals in the diagnosis and treatment of tumors and cancer. Upon your initial visit, or during your targeted treatment, you probably will have several questions. The following is a short list of four important questions you might want to ask your specialist before treatment begins.

14 March 2017

3 Telltale Symptoms of Childhood Acid Reflux Disease

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While acid reflux disease is commonly associated with adults, it can also develop in children and even babies. It can be challenging to diagnose reflux disease in infants without performing medical tests because babies are unable to voice their complaints. Acid reflux disease refers to when stomach acid is "refluxed," or escapes from the stomach and travels into the upper digestive tract, leading to the most common symptoms of heartburn. While pediatric and infant care for acid reflux is similar to that of adult acid reflux, the symptoms may differ between children and older patients.

7 March 2017