You’ve developed a strange little numbness and tingling in the fingers of your left hand. It doesn’t really hurt, but it’s just.... odd. Maybe the tingling goes away on its own and you don’t think about it again. Or maybe it sticks around and even starts to slowly grow so that now your forearm is numb, too. Do you call the doctor? For some tingling fingers.... There are many possible causes of numb fingers. Let’s assume that you didn’t just break your fingers; because if you had, you’d be in the emergency room seeking medical attention. The numbness could be caused by (but less frequently) frostbite, leprosy, or rare genetic disorders, such as Haim-Munk syndrome or hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies . Do you have diabetes? Pernicious anemia? Hypothyroidism? Peripheral vascular disease? Lupus? Raynaud’s syndrome? Guillaine-Barre syndrome? Cervi...
Left heart catheterization is the passage of a thin flexible tube (catheter) into the left side of the heart to diagnose or treat certain heart problems.
Catheterization - left heart
How the test is performed
You may be given a mild sedative before the procedure starts. The health care provider will place an IV into your arm so that you can receive medication during the procedure.
You will lie on a padded table. Your doctor will make a small surgical cut on your body, usually near the groin. Then your doctor will insert a flexible tube (catheter) through the cut into an artery. Sometimes the catheter will be placed in your arm or wrist. You will be awake during the procedure.
The doctor will use live x-ray pictures to carefully guide the catheter up into your heart and arteries. Dye will be injected into your body to highlight blood flow through the arteries. This helps the doctors see any blockages in the blood vess...
There are more than 400,000 tobacco-related deaths annually in the U.S. Health statistics estimate about 3,000 teenagers try and then regularly smoke cigarettes on a daily basis. It's been well documented that passive exposure to tobacco smoke increases the risk of asthma attacks , chronic bronchitis , emphysema , lung cancer , upper-respiratory tract and ear infections.
For years, doctors have addressed the different types of smoke exposure reporting on two main categories:
Active smoke : a person that actively smokes tobacco (cigarette or pipe)
Second-hand smoke : a person that breathes in side-stream smoke from the burning end of a cigarette or inhales the exhaled smoke from someone actively smoking.
Allergists and other asthma specialists have championed the cause for smoking cessation and the establishment of smoke free homes, cars and workplaces. The importance of completely banning smoke at all times in indoor environments was realized after research on Third-han...
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