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In short, rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease which attacks joints in the body. It can affect the alignment and positioning of those joints, even to the extent that they become stuck in a bent position or become dislocated. Bone erosion caused by RA may make the ends of bones rough and irregular. Patients may eventually notice that their fingers begin to shift toward the direction of their elbow.
In previous posts, we have discussed different types of surgery used in patients living with rheumatoid arthritis, including synovectomy, tendon repair, and carpal tunnel release . Today’s discussion centers around joint replacement and implants.
What is Joint Replacement?
One would think that this is a simple question, right? Take the joint out and put a fake or replacement one in. But in researching this subject, I found it rather difficult to find information which went much beyond this simple concept without become ...
Secondary Prevention Patients can reduce the risk for a second heart attack by following secondary prevention measures. No one should be discharged from the hospital with these issues being addressed and appropriate medications prescribed. Lifestyle choices, particularly dietary factors, are equally important in preventing heart attacks and must be strenuously adhered to. Blood Pressure . Aim for a blood pressure of less than 130/80 mm Hg. Cholesterol . LDL (bad) cholesterol should be substantially less than 100 mg/dL. If triglycerides are greater than or equal to 200 mg/dL, then non-HDL-C should be less than 130 mg/dL. [Non-HDL-C is the difference between total cholesterol and HDL (good") cholesterol levels.] Nearly all patients who have had a heart attack should receive a prescription for a statin drug before being discharged from the hospital. It is also important to control dietary cholesterol by reducing intake of saturated fats to less than 7% of total calories. Increased omega-3 fat...
Obesity is a major risk factor for numerous diseases including heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. More importantly, obesity is closely related to multiple health conditions that underlie cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure and abnormal blood cholesterol.
Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, and is calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reasonable indicator of body fatness and weight categories that may lead to health problems. In a recent study released by the CDC , during the period between 1985 and 2009 only the state of Colorado and the District of Columbia had a prevalence of obesity of less than 20%. It is fairly clear that the U.S. is suffering an epidemic of obesity.
Scientists have long suspected that excess weight, especially around the waist, has a directly negative affect on heart structure and function, even in the absence of other heart disease risks. To test their theory, the research...
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