Getting well, staying well
No matter how lucky or careful a person is, it is practically impossible to spend all one’s days without illness. When confronted with a life-changing health condition, there are many important ways one can take charge and manage it effectively. In this series, we take a close look at the things you should know in order to be the best custodian of your own wellness.
Is Butter Bad for Your Heart?
If you're watching your heart health, you probably can't remember the last time you enjoyed a little butter on your bread without feeling guilty. Now, butter seems to be making a comeback in the debate on how diet affects cardiovascular health, and many of us are wondering, "Is butter bad for your heart or is the occasional pat OK?" Here's what you need to know.
Is a Knee Arthroplasty Right for You?
Knee pain can get in the way of your life -- whether you simply can't take as many leisurely walks as you used to, or your daily routine is upended by severe symptoms that make it tough to be mobile. A knee replacement surgery, known as an arthroplasty, might be the solution, but it's usually the last resort. A qualified orthopedic surgeon can provide a definitive opinion, but the choices are yours. Here's what you should know.
Heart Attack vs. Cardiac Arrest: What Caregivers Need to Know
Did you know that heart attacks and cardiac arrest are two different things? Knowing the causes and recognizing the signs of a heart attack vs. cardiac arrest can make a life-saving difference.
What Is Congestive Heart Failure? Knowing the Symptoms Can Improve a Life
You thought the symptoms your loved one was exhibiting were simply signs of aging. Fatigue. Change in heart rate. Persistent coughing or wheezing. Occasional muddy thinking. Swelling in the ankles or legs. Age may have something to do with it, but these symptoms could be related to heart health. What is congestive heart failure and how can you accurately recognize its symptoms? Since many of the signs aren't obvious, it's important to talk about how your loved one is feeling or what you're seeing.
Improve Brain Function by Building Your Body's Strength
People tend to separate cognitive and muscular well-being. In fact, there's a fairly pervasive stereotype -- used in ads for gyms and a variety of other companies in the fitness world -- of the muscle-bound hunk. Fortunately, this whole idea is demonstrably untrue. In fact, there's plenty of research suggesting just the opposite. Regular exercise can actually improve brain function, even affecting the physical structure of your brain in beneficial ways.