When we're looking at Migraine and headache information, whether it's from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing.
Sometimes, it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term. At other times, substituting just doesn't convey quite the same meaning or takes more than a few words.
Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing Migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I'll be posting a "term of the day," probably a couple of times a week. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment to let me know what it is.
Today's term: Pathophysiology .
Pathophysiology is functional changes associated with or resulting from disease or injury and the study of those changes.
When related to Migraine attacks, the pathophysiology of a Migraine attack would mean the changes in how the bra...
Hypertension; HBP; Blood pressure - high
Adults over 18 should have their blood pressure checked regularly.
Lifestyle changes may help control your blood pressure.
Follow your health care provider's recommendations to modify, treat, or control possible causes of high blood pressure.
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Kaplan NM. Systemic hypertension: Treatment. In: Bonow RO, Mann DL, Zipes DP, Libby P, eds. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine . 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 46 .
Victor, RG. Systemic hypertension: Mechanisms and diagnosis. In: Bonow RO, Mann DL, Zipes DP, Libby P, eds. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Card...
Hypertension or high blood pressure is a highly life-threatening disease that affects thousands of Americans daily. The disease is generally detected/diagnosed during regular checkups with your primary physician. Many people are at risk simply because they live unhealthy lifestyles. Today I will talk about an uncommon type of high blood pressure that irritates the veins called "portal hypertension."
The portal vein is responsible for delivering blood to the liver from the digestive organs. When there is an increase in the pressure inside this vein, a condition called portal hypertension occurs. A severe blockage of the blood flow traveling through the liver causes such pressure. More so, the overwhelming stress in the portal vein induces large veins to develop across the esophagus and stomach. The large veins or varices are used to bypass the blockage.
Although there are limited causes for this condition, the symptoms and complications are vast. Most often, portal hypert...
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