Many cases of asthma do not present with the typical recognizable symptoms. So you may not initially think asthma. You might think you have allergies or some other exposure to a substance or product in the environment, at home or in the work place, that’s instigating symptoms. You may also not think it’s asthma because the symptoms present at peculiar times and you don’t respond to traditional asthma therapy when it’s dispensed. You or your doctor, in that case, may even decide to increase dosages or add medications, and yet, you still don’t respond. What gives?
The more you look at external causes, the farther you may get from diagnosing the real inner cause: gastric reflux. It’s probably hard to imagine that acid produced by the stomach can cause shortness of breath. The fact is that gastric reflux is one of the most common causes of chronic cough.
How Acid Reflux works
The stomach produces acid i...
Coughing up blood is the spitting up of blood or bloody mucus from the lungs and throat (respiratory tract).
Hemoptysis is the medical term for coughing up blood from the respiratory tract.
Hemoptysis; Spitting up blood; Bloody sputum
Coughing up blood is not the same as bleeding from the mouth, throat, or gastrointestinal tract.
Blood that comes up with a cough often looks bubbly because it is mixed with air and mucus. It is usually bright red, although it may be rust-colored. Sometimes the mucus may only contain streaks of blood.
A number of conditions, diseases, and medical tests may make you cough up blood, including:
Blood clot in the lung
Breathing blood into the lungs (pulmonary aspiration)
Inflammation of the blood v...
For the past several years, cardiologists have been beating the drum for lower blood pressure. We have all seen the studies and/or articles that have challenged the notion that the old cut-off of 140/90mmHg is too high for diagnosing high blood pressure. The medical community even went so far as to coin the new term "pre-hypertension" to describe individuals with a blood pressure over 120/80mmHg. Now, a review of data from an old study could change a few minds - there may a limit to the "lower is better" thinking - at least when it comes to blood pressure.
Researchers recently reviewed blood pressure data from the 2005 Treating to New Targets (TNT) study which, interestingly enough, was designed to determine if the "lower is better" philosophy applied to lowering LDL cholesterol. What they found was intriguing. As participants lowered their blood pressure they did indeed decrease their risk of cardiovascular death - but only up to a point.&nb...
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