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How to tell if it is a bruise or a blood clot

Heart Health Blood clots and bruises both affect the blood vessels, but they have some significant differences. A bruise is a noticeable mark on the skin that generally resolves over time. A blood clot is a clump of blood that has formed in deeper tissue or within a...
Can you have hypoglycemia without diabetes?

Can you have hypoglycemia without diabetes?

Heart Health Hypoglycemia occurs when blood sugar levels fall dangerously low. It is more common in people with diabetes, but it can affect others. In this article, we explore the health conditions beyond diabetes that can cause hypoglycemia. We also look at treatment...
Peripheral cyanosis: Causes of blue hands and feet

Peripheral cyanosis: Causes of blue hands and feet

Heart Health Peripheral cyanosis is when the hands, fingertips, or feet turn blue because they are not getting enough oxygen-rich blood. Cold temperatures, circulation problems, and tight jewelry are common causes of peripheral cyanosis. In this article, we take a...
Blood thinning foods, drinks, and supplements

Blood thinning foods, drinks, and supplements

Heart Health Natural blood thinners are substances that reduce the blood’s ability to form clots. Blood clotting is a necessary process, but sometimes the blood can clot too much, leading to complications that can be potentially dangerous. People who have...
What is a blood gas test?

What is a blood gas test?

Heart Health A blood gas test is also called an arterial blood gas test or a blood gas analysis. It measures oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the blood. The test can also show blood pH levels and lung function. Doctors often use blood gas tests in emergency...

Dyslipidemia: Everything you need to know

Everybody has cholesterol.  Your body needs it and not all cholesterol is bad.  Not only can diet and lifestyle impact your cholesterol level, but research is showing that your genetics can play a role as well. Blood lipids are fatty substances, such as triglycerides...
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