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Asthma is often believed to be a children's disease that you either outgrow as an adult or never develop once you're an adult. But that is not the case. People who develop adult asthma are often puzzled by their asthma symptoms . Once diagnosed with asthma, they have a hard time accepting it. They would rather suffer at home than seek asthma treatment. But when the respiratory therapist gives them a treatment they will say, "Wow, I didn't even realize I was short-of-breath." Famous Olympic swimmer Dara Torres may have been this kind of asthmatic. But now, I'm sure, she is a Gallant asthmatic. Asthma Attitude: "I don't have asthma. I'm an adult! Asthma Strengths: They may seek as much information about their symptoms as possible and ask their doctors a lot of questions to make sure they have the right diagnosis. Asthma Weaknesses: Denial can stop these asthmatics from getting the asthma treatment they need to live their full, active lives. Lessons to L...
A recent article from the Associated Press reported on the results of a major, 12 year study on women and heart disease.
The study followed 63,000 women over a 12 year period of time. At the onset of the study, none of the women showed any symptoms or signs of heart disease. Almost 8 percent of the women were suffering from severe depression.
The women in the study with depression had more than twice the risk of dying from sudden cardiac death (generally caused by an abnormal heart rate) and an increased risk of dying from all other types of heart disease.
One of the most surprising results of the study indicated that women taking antidepressants had the highest risk of sudden cardiac death.
Although the study, at first glance, would indicate antidepressant medication could cause an increased risk for sudden cardiac death, the researchers point out that the results may also mean women taking antidepressants were suffering from more severe depression and it ...
Q. How can I tell if I have lymphedema? My breast area and upper arm have been a bit swollen, but I’m assuming that’s just a result of the surgery I had a couple of weeks ago. A. It’s true, you’ll see some swelling in your trunk and arm, especially on the affected side, for a couple of weeks after surgery. You can help bring it down by elevating your arm above the level of your heart several times a day, for about 45 minutes each time; prop it on a pillow as you’re sitting in a chair, or sitting up in bed. But if, after several weeks, the swelling doesn’t seem to be gradually going away, you may need some help dealing with it. Persistent swelling may be due to lymphedema. Luckily, most lymphedema doesn’t develop directly after surgery; that’s all you need, one more thing to worry about! Most lymphedema happens months or even years later. Q. So OK, I had surgery 18 months ago. My arm isn’t swelled up, but it feels…...
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