What to know about peripheral vascular disease

What to know about peripheral vascular disease

Heart Health Peripheral vascular disease is a disease that causes restricted blood flow to the arms, legs, or other body parts. It occurs when arteries or veins get narrower, become blocked, or spasm. If peripheral vascular disease (PVD) occurs only in the arteries,...
What to expect from a bronchoscopy

What to expect from a bronchoscopy

Managing asthma is about focusing your energies on preventing attacks.  Doing nothing and then trying to control attacks with rescue medication may be penny wise but pound foolish.  Many Pharmacists are also asthma educators.  Call your pharmacist to find out more. A...

How do you treat a fecal impaction?

Fecal impaction is a severe bowel condition in which a hard, dry mass of stool becomes stuck in the colon or rectum. This immobile mass will block the passage and cause a buildup of waste, which a person will be unable to pass. Fecal impaction disturbs the normal...
Is it bronchitis or asthma?

Is it bronchitis or asthma?

Managing asthma is about focusing your energies on preventing attacks.  Doing nothing and then trying to control attacks with rescue medication may be penny wise but pound foolish.  Many Pharmacists are also asthma educators.  Call your pharmacist to find out more....
How to identify pitting edema

How to identify pitting edema

Heart Health Edema refers to visible swelling caused by a buildup of fluid within tissues. When an indentation remains after the swollen skin is pressed, this is called pitting edema. The effect may also be noticeable after taking off a tight shoe or stocking. Anyone...
Why do I wake up gasping for air?

Why do I wake up gasping for air?

While waking up gasping for air is not uncommon, it can be extremely frightening. Some causes, such as post-nasal drip, are easily treated. Others may require medical attention and a long-term treatment plan. In this article, we describe why a person may wake up...

What diseases affect the circulatory system?

Heart Health The blood circulatory system, also called the cardiovascular system, consists of the heart and the blood vessels that run throughout the body. It delivers nutrients and oxygen to all cells of the body. The oxygen we breathe gets mixed into the blood in...
Why does my urine smell like coffee?

Why does my urine smell like coffee?

A person’s urine can indicate a lot about their health. Changes in the smell of urine most often reflect a person’s diet, but medications, pregnancy, and some medical conditions can also affect the odor and color of urine. The kidneys produce urine, and...
What to do when you can't stop sneezing

What to do when you can't stop sneezing

Sneezing is a reaction to irritants and a way for the nose to get rid of germs. Nearly any particle can irritate the nose and cause a sneeze. Common irritants include: viruses or bacteria dust pollen dander All of these particles may trigger a sneeze. Sneezing is a...
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