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.
A Guide to Your Stress Test: How to Prepare and What to Expect
If your doctor wants you to undergo a stress test, you may be wondering what to expect. Also called an exercise test or treadmill test, it gauges how your heart responds when working its hardest. It's an important test for cardiologists to get a measure of your heart health. The stress test can help your doctor determine if you have an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) or if certain symptoms — such as difficulty breathing — are related to a heart condition.
How to Spot and Manage A-fib Symptoms
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 6.1 million people in the United States could have atrial fibrillation (A-fib). A-fib is the most common heart arrhythmia, a condition in which your heart beats irregularly. Even if you have A-fib, you may never experience symptoms — you might not even know you have the condition. However, it's possible to experience A-fib symptoms that are unpleasant and interfere with your daily life.
If You Were Just Diagnosed With Cancer, Keep These Strategies in Mind
There's nothing that takes your breath away quite like hearing your doctor say, "I'm sorry, it's cancer." Being diagnosed with cancer is a frightening and life-changing experience, but fear is often best countered with knowledge and a plan. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, my husband and I were both college students and our daughter was still an infant. Our lives were turned entirely upside down, but the strategies outlined here helped us deal with the challenge of cancer and it's treatment.
The Types of Skin Cancer to Be Aware Of
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, and it's estimated that one in five American will develop it in their lifetime. Every year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than new cases of breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancer combined.
Diet for Coronary Artery Disease: Making Smarter Food Decisions for Better Health
If you have coronary artery disease, the key to managing your condition could be as close as your kitchen. In fact, following a special diet for coronary artery disease is one of the most important steps you can take for healthier arteries. Here's what you need to know about eating your way to better health.