One would think that with all the advances in drugs, diet advice, nutritional supplement support, and lifestyle changes being made that the rate of heart attacks would be dropping like a rock. Today, we have methods like heart scans and calcium scores to identify more at risk persons and lipoprotein blood testing to more accurately pinpoint causes of heart disease. With all this new technology, how is it possible that over the last several decades the incidence of heart attacks has remained somewhat constant?
A new analysis of the last 40 years of Framingham Heart Study data suggests the answers may lie in better detection of small heart attacks that used to go undiagnosed. A second finding of the study was the marked decline in mortality from heart attack. As might be expected, this was attributed to improved intervention (think angioplasty and stents ) and secondary prevention. The analysis tracked 9,824 adults who had not yet had a heart at...
Recently my 13 year old daughter told me, "I really admire Grandma. Even though she is old and has a difficult time getting around, she gets out and does the things she loves to do." Wow! What an amazing observation from my daughter and what a wonderful gift my mom has unknowingly passed onto my daughter.
My mom is amazing. Although she will be 71 years old this month, she still lives her life as if she was 30 years old, minus the miniskirts and high heels. She often says her mind still wants to get up and go like she was 30 years old, not almost 71 years old.
My mom spent most of her adult years caring for her six children. She worked part time as a nurse so that she could be home with us the majority of the time. As the younger group of kids made it to school, she began focusing on her own career. She not only received her bachelor's degree while working and caring for a family but she went on to achieve her m...
ANSWER TO QUESTION REGARDING "OVERLAPPING ARTHRITIS"
From a reader: "I have
an overlapping arthritis, based on my last x-rays, I have deterioration in all
of the fingers on my left hand, as well as my knuckles and wrists on both
hands. I also have deterioration in 3 fingers on my right hand. ...
I would like to know
if you could advise me of any arthritis drugs that could maybe slow down the
Answer: Deterioration could mean several things - including joint deformities or joint erosions.
An even more important question deals with whether you have
active joint disease that would respond to even more aggressive therapy. Perhaps the damage is done, so to speak. If that is the case, no drug is going to
reverse the deformities that have developed as a result of the unchecked
inflammation of progressive rheumatoid arthritis.
You mention swelling, but you have no morning
stiffness. Usually, patients with active
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