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Cardiovascular Health : Health & Medical

How Can You Lower Your Cholesterol?

If you have high cholesterol, cholesterol lowering drugs and treatments can help you reduce your lipids and reduce your risk of heart disease.

ECG Abnormalities and Stroke Incidence

ECG plays an important role in detection of several stroke risk predictors including atrial fibrillation and left ventricular hypertrophy. What other gems can we glean from ECGs?

Brain 'Pacemaker' Treats Parkinson's

New research confirms that the surgical procedure known as deep-brain stimulation is a more effective treatment for many patients with Parkinson's disease than drug therapy alone.

Drug May Aid Aspirin After Ministroke

Researchers have spotted a drug combination (aspirin and the antiplatelet drug dipyridamole) that may help survivors of ministrokes and minor strokes.

How do I Know If the Implanted Demand Pacemaker Is Working?

There are two main types of pacemakers, one of which is the demand pacemaker. A demand pacemaker works by monitoring your heartbeat and emitting electrical pulses to correct a heartbeat that is too slow or too fast. While your doctor will check the function of the device several times every year, yo

How to Use Food to Increase HDL Levels

Since the 1960s, cholesterol has been vilified as heart disease fodder. High-density lipoproteins (HDL)--the "good" cholesterol--scavenges excess cholesterol in the blood and conveniently returns it to the liver for disposal. Low HDL cholesterol has been linked to heart disease.The higher the HDL le

Interobserver Reliability of Echocardiography in PE

This study found considerable differences in the interobserver reproducibility of echocardiographic findings in patients with pulmonary embolism. Which measurement was the least user dependant?

Stroke as a Cause of Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is a slow progression of tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia (slow movements) and difficulties keeping a normal posture. The symptoms of Parkinson's disease can be caused by several disease processes, one of which is stroke. Read on and learn how a stroke can cause what is k

Informed Consent: Theory Versus Practice

The author discusses how consent procedures should be adapted to match a patients' degree of involvement in the decision and capacity to understand in light of how things are in the real world.

Gender Prediction Myths

The only certain way to tell the gender of an unborn child is through amniocentesis. However, there are a number of myths on ways to predict the gender of a baby while a woman is pregnant.

Asthma & Heart Rate in Children

A study published by the University of Florida Health Science Center in 1999 showed the variety of factors that indicate severity of asthma exacerbation, including elevated heart rate. Heart rate is variable based on age, with normal heart rate for children between 1 year and 10 years being 70 to 12