If you’ve ever known someone with a serious heart condition, there’s a good chance you’ve heard talk about pacemakers. The idea of pacemakers has been around since the late 1800s, but the first implanted pacemaker, implanted in 1958, failed after three hours. They’ve come quite a long way since then, saving and extending countless lives all over the world.
A lot of people think that because flu season typically starts in November, they should wait until October to get their flu shot so that immunity will peak when the flu season does. The truth is, there’s no good reason to wait. Generally speaking, protection provided by the influenza vaccine will last the duration of the current flu season. And there are advantages to being vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available.
We’re active all of our lives, using our knees and hips to do things with ease, never thinking that pain could prevent us from doing something as simple as walking. But knee and hip pain are two of the most common complaints we get from our orthopedic patients. In fact, 50 million people in the United States suffer with knee pain and 1 in 3 adults deal with hip pain that interfere with their daily lives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 8.3 million Americans have gout. That means it's likely you or someone you know is living with the disease. Even though it’s common, I find that many patients have a core misunderstanding of what actually causes gout, how it might be prevented, and what risk factors they need to watch for. Because gout is so commonplace, it’s important to know these things sooner rather than later.
In my practice, I commonly see men suffering from benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) as they age. BPH can cause discomfort, blockage of urine flow and frequent infections in the bladder, urinary tract and kidneys. Medication can help in some situations, but when it doesn’t I recommend a minimally invasive surgical procedure called UroLift.
Have you ever seen a diagram of the nerves in your body? It’s pretty impressive. The way your nervous system works to keep you moving through everyday life is complex and beautiful. Unfortunately, the complexity of your nerves also is largely responsible for a number of things that can go wrong or break down over time. Ulnar neuropathy is one of these and can be caused by fairly run-of-the-mill circumstances.
There are several noninvasive medical procedures and devices physicians can use today that help make diagnosis and treatment easier on the patient. In women’s health, for instance, from laparoscopic surgeries to the da Vinci® robot, medical techniques and technology have grown so sophisticated so quickly that surgery to correct abnormal bleeding during a period can be performed in a short amount of time in an outpatient setting, rather than in a hospital with an overnight stay. This procedure, and many other procedures involving the uterus or female reproductive system, is most often carried out with a hysteroscopy, and can be beneficial to women in many ways.
A recent study shows a 65 percent increase in deaths form cirrhosis of the liver since 1999. While that is a worrisome number, there is a second statistic within that study that is even more troubling: The biggest increase in deaths from cirrhosis is among people aged 25 to 34 – and it’s rising by 10 percent a year among this age group.
Topics: alcoholic liver disease
Noticing extra hair in the drain or on your pillow when you wake up in the morning can be unsettling enough, but when you add a swollen tongue and fatigue, concern kicks in. While these certainly can be symptoms of something serious, most often, the likely root cause is a condition that’s easy to manage: iron deficiency, also referred to as anemia.
Running is great exercise, isn’t it? You work your whole body, get to enjoy being outdoors if you so choose, and help keep your heart healthy. Running is hard on your body, though. If you know what some of the most common runner’s injuries are and what causes them, you have a better chance of preventing them in the future, so let’s take a look at some of them.