Heart Failure Symptoms in Women

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Because it is assumed that heart failure is less common in women than in men, the heart failure symptoms in women are often overlooked. This is why treating these symptoms also becomes difficult. Here, we discuss the symptoms of heart failure in women, by which this condition can be detected, diagnosed, and treated effectively.

Studies have reported that women are more prone to death from heart failure than men. This is because it is often assumed that men are more prone to heart failure and other heart problems. As such, the symptoms in women go undiagnosed. While the heart failure symptoms in women are similar to those in men, women are likely to develop this condition after menopause. Also, some symptoms are more prominent in women than in men. Further, the onset of the symptoms is slower than those in men. As such, by the time heart failure is recognized, it becomes difficult to completely recover from it. It is however important to note that heart failure in young women is also possible because of the rapid lifestyle changes that are affecting their bodies. Women who smoke are more likely to develop heart failure at a younger age than those who don’t.

Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to supply enough blood to the rest of the body so that it can perform its necessary functions. Heart failure is often mistaken as a heart attack. However, heart failure occurs over time and refers to the weakening of the heart. A woman may suffer from left sided heart failure or right sided heart failure. In the former case, the heart is unable to pump blood to different body parts, while in the latter case, the heart cannot pump blood to the lungs, from where blood receives its oxygen supply.

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Dental Implants Sydney – Tips for Choosing the Right Clinic

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If you’re considering dental implants in Sydney, this article offers 4 valuable tips for choosing a clinic.

Dental implants in Sydney have become a very popular choice for many patients who would like to replace missing teeth with the most natural option possible. Choosing the right dentist will make all the difference to the comfort and success of your implant procedure. This article will give you four questions to ask before choosing a dentist for your needs.

The first question to ask a clinic about implant dentistry is how much experience the dentists have in the procedure. Although the success rates for this procedure are relatively high, it is important to find a dentist who has performed many teeth implants in Sydney. This will ensure that your procedure will result in osseointegration. Osseointegration is the process where the new implant root integrates itself with the jawbone. When the procedure is done correctly, it will be difficult to distinguish the implant from the rest of the teeth.

The next question to ask about tooth implants is whether the dentist does a thorough screening process prior to the procedure. There are certain medical conditions that can lower the rates of success. These might include previous treatments like radiation therapy or current conditions like diabetes. It is important to find an implants dentist who will screen patients carefully before performing dental implants in Sydney.

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It is also important to ask the implant dentist about how the procedure will work. Not all dentists are created equal in terms of patient comfort. It is important to find a dentist for your procedure who will listen to your concerns and answer questions. You will also want to find a dental clinic that is clean and comfortable and a staff that is helpful and friendly. This will make the implant process much easier overall. You will also see this clinic over a period of months before the procedure is complete, so it is important to feel comfortable there.

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5 Things You Should Never Lie About To Your Doctor

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Sometimes, it can feel a little awkward to talk to your doc–who you may or may not feel all that comfortable with–about super, super-personal details. There have definitely been times I’ve wanted to just get out of that gauzy gown and into my jeans again, pronto, so I’ve felt like glossing over details or just keeping things to myself. Have you?

But keeping things from our doctors is pretty much the opposite of what we’re supposed to do. One study found that 28% of patients admit to lying or omitting facts from their doctors (and doctors say they believe the number to be much higher).

This article on CNN.com underscores the fact that withholding information from your physician–or blatantly lying about facts (like a medication you’re taking, for example)–could cause us harm in the long run.

Why? Here are five facts about your health you should always be on the level with your doc about. Remember–they’ve heard and seen it all.

1: What vitamins, medications, and herbal supplements you’re taking. Medications can interact with supplements and other medications in different ways, leaving you open to possible side effects. Also be upfront if you’ve stopped taking any medications that your doc prescribed to you.

2: If you smoke or drink alcohol–and how much you smoke or drink. Smoking and drinking have direct impacts on your body, so if your physician is aware of how much you do of either, she can better understand any health issues you might be experiencing or direct you to the right medication (some birth control methods, for example, come with extreme health risks for women who smoke).

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7 Day Diet Plan

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Are you in a hurry to burn your extra pounds, as you have to attend a forthcoming wedding or some other special occasion? Follow this 7 day diet plan to burn that extra fat.

Reducing weight in just 7 days time is a challenging job, as you have to strictly abide by a 7 day diet plan. Eating healthy, proper exercises and keeping yourself stress-free are the keys to weight loss. Remember one thing, never try to skip your breakfast, as it will suffice you with the energy you need for the entire day. Are you wondering how to lose extra pounds in just 7 days? Here’s your answer. Follow this 7 day diet plan, which will help you to reduce weight. Before starting the 7 day diet plan, let me tell you that seven to eight glasses of water is mandatory on each day of your diet plan. Remember, the easiest way to lose weight effectively, is when you stay fit and fine.

You should begin your first day with plenty of fruits. Don’t ever include bananas in your diet. They increase the calorie intake, because they are rich in carbohydrates. Half cup of cucumber is a good option to add in your diet. Strictly, avoid drinking packaged fruit juices, as they will add calories to your daily intake. A bowl of cabbage soup or tomato soup is good to eat in your lunch or dinner.

The second day of your diet plan is a completely vegetables day! Vegetables are great sources of carbohydrates and veggies will suffice you with all the necessary nutrients and also provide you with the dietary fibers. Lunch can comprise a club sandwich, having lettuce and tomato. A boiled potato along with a boiled vegetable (without frying) can be taken for dinner. Protein-rich foods like beans and nuts, are to be avoided from your diet plan.

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Lotensin

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Lotensin

Generic Name: benazepril (ben AY ze pril)

What is the most important information I should know about Lotensin?

Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Lotensin could cause birth defects in the baby if you take the medication during pregnancy. Use an effective form of birth control. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment. Avoid drinking alcohol. It can further lower your blood pressure and may increase some of the side effects of benazepril. Do not use salt substitutes or potassium supplements while taking benazepril, unless your doctor has told you to.

Vomiting, diarrhea, or heavy sweating can cause you to become dehydrated. This can lead to very low blood pressure, electrolyte disorders, or kidney failure while you are taking Lotensin. Drink plenty of water each day while you are taking this medication.

What is Lotensin?

Lotensin is in a group of drugs called ACE inhibitors. ACE stands for angiotensin converting enzyme.

Lotensin is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).

Lotensin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Lotensin?

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to Lotensin or to any other ACE inhibitor, such as captopril (Capoten), fosinopril (Monopril), enalapril (Vasotec), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), moexipril (Univasc), perindopril (Aceon), quinapril (Accupril), ramipril (Altace), or trandolapril (Mavik).

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Heart Failure Symptoms in Men

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Fatigue, shortness of breath and edema of the leg are some of the most common heart failure symptoms in men. To know more about causes of heart failure, read on…

The importance of any organ in our body is best understood when it stops functioning correctly. This is also true for the heart. Heart failure is a condition in which the heart’s pumping action weakens progressively. As a result over time, the heart shows its incapability in circulating blood in the normal range, necessary to run various bodily functions. Coronary artery diseases, damaged heart valves or heart muscles and high blood pressure are some of the common causes of heart failure. Some of the heart failure symptoms in men are discussed below:

Heart failure, more commonly referred to as congestive heart failure (CHF) can be categorized as left sided heart failure or right sided heart failure depending on which area of the heart is not functioning properly. In case, the left ventricle of the heart is unable to contract as it should, the medical terminology used to describe this condition is referred as systolic heart failure.

Heart Failure in Men

So, what happens when the heart fails to deliver sufficient amount of blood to various parts of the body? The pumping problem of the heart that disrupts normal blood flow can cause frequent urination during night time. Other health problems are discussed below:

Fluid Build up in the Extremities

This is one of the most common congestive heart failure symptoms in men and women. As the heart becomes ineffective in pumping sufficient quantity of blood, it leads to poor blood circulation in various parts of the body including the kidneys. With the change in blood flow, the kidneys prompt the body to hold fluids within its tissues. This causes accumulation of fluid in the extremities, leading to swelling of ankles and feet.

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On Eugenics and History (II)

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I have the privilege of corresponding, from time to time, with historian of eugenics Gie van den Berghe, a professor at the University of Ghent. I reprint below his comments on my recent post on eugenics and history:

You call Oliver Wendell Holmes’ line ‘Three generations of imbeciles are enough’ “infamous”, but that is how we judge it here and now. In fact it was, seen in its time, a courageous and logical standpoint (and of course not only the decision of Holmes but of the almost unanimous Supreme Court). So his/their decision shouldn’t, in my opinion, so much be admired (‘Holmes was nevertheless ready, willing, and able to utter the infamous line’) then understood.

“We have seen more than once that the public welfare may call upon the best citizens for their lives. It would be strange if it could not call upon those who already sap the strength of the State for these lesser sacrifices, often not felt to be such by those concer¬≠ned, in order to prevent our being swamped with incompetence. It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are mani¬≠festly unfit from continuing their kind. The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes. Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11. Three generations of imbeciles are enough”.

Generally one cites only this part of ‘The Supreme Court Opinion in Buck v. Bell’ (or some extract of it), but the Opinion continues and ends by the following line:

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Levoxyl

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Levoxyl

Generic Name: levothyroxine (LEE voe thy ROX een)

Brand Names: Levothroid, Levoxyl, Synthroid, Tirosint, Unithroid

What is Levoxyl?

Levoxyl is a replacement for a hormone that is normally produced by your thyroid gland to regulate the body’s energy and metabolism. Levoxyl is given when the thyroid does not produce enough of this hormone on its own.

Levoxyl treats hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone). It is also used to treat or prevent goiter (enlarged thyroid gland), which can be caused by hormone imbalances, radiation treatment, surgery, or cancer.

Levoxyl should not be used to treat obesity or weight problems.

Levoxyl may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important information about Levoxyl

Since thyroid hormone occurs naturally in the body, almost anyone can take Levoxyl. You should not use this medication if you have had a heart attack, a thyroid disorder called thyrotoxicosis, or an adrenal gland problem that is not controlled by treatment.

Before taking Levoxyl, tell your doctor if you have heart disease, coronary artery disease, anemia (lack of red blood cells), diabetes, problems with your pituitary or adrenal glands, or a history of blood clots.

If you use insulin or take diabetes medicine by mouth, ask your doctor if your dose needs to be changed when you start using Levoxyl.

Different brands of levothyroxine may not work the same. If you get a prescription refill and your new pills look different, talk with your pharmacist or doctor.

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On Power, Abuse, and Disability

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Kay Olson, proprietor of the outstanding disability blog, The Gimp Parade, has an absolutely phenomenal pathblogographical post up on power, abuse, and disability. The setting is Kay’s initial stint at a rehabilitation hospital following a month-long stay in an ICU. The post details Kay’s requests for help in order to avoid a pressure ulcer, made to a nurse’s assistant Kay names “The Russian” (for the assistant’s accent):

She understood I needed to be repositioned and she told me she needed to go get another person to help. It is commonly a two-person job in acute care settings and may even be required procedure, but when she didn’t return and my butt began to ache badly from laying in one position too long, I rang the bell again.

The Russian returned alone to tell me she was trying to get help, then left again. I don’t know exactly how much time passed, though it was easily 30 minutes since my first call for assistance, and it may have been as long as an hour. My butt was throbbing painfully now, sparks of nerve pain shooting down my leg. In desperation, I spent significant energy wrestling the pillow wedged behind my back away enough that I could shift slightly and ease the sharpest of pain to buy some time.

Shortly after, The Russian returned. Again alone. She saw the pillow had been moved and began berating me: “Why you bother me? You don’t need help! You did this yourself after bothering me? If I catch you ever moving by yourself again don’t expect me to do anything for you!”

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Mucinex D

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Mucinex D

Generic Name: guaifenesin and pseudoephedrine (gwye FEN e sin, soo doe e FED rin)

Brand Names: Altarussin PE, Ambifed, Biotuss PE, D-Feda II, Despec-SR, Dynex, ExeFen, Guiatex II SR, Maxifed, Maxifed-G, Medent LD, Medent-LDI, Mucinex D, Nasabid SR, Nasatab LA, Nomuc-PE, Poly-Vent IR, Poly-Vent, Jr., Pseudatex, Pseudo GG, Pseudo GG TR, Pseudo Max, Q-Tussin PE, Respaire-120 SR, Robitussin Severe Congestion, Ru-Tuss Jr., Sudafed Non Drying Sinus, SudaTex-G, Touro LA-LD, Triaminic Softchews Chest Congestion, We Mist II LA, We Mist LA

What is Mucinex D?

Mucinex D extended release tablets contain a combination of guaifenesin and pseudoephedrine. Guaifenesin is an expectorant. It helps loosen congestion in your chest and throat, making it easier to cough out through your mouth.

Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant that shrinks blood vessels in the nasal passages. Dilated blood vessels can cause nasal congestion (stuffy nose).

Mucinex D tablets are used to treat nasal and sinus congestion. Mucinex D also is used to reduce chest congestion caused by the common cold, infections, or allergies.

Mucinex D may also be used for purposes other than those listed.

Important information about Mucinex D

Always ask a doctor before giving a cough or cold medicine to a child. Death can occur from the misuse of cough and cold medicines in very young children.

Do not use Mucinex D if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take Mucinex D before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.

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