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Q: About 15 years ago, while giving blood, I was advised of an irregularity, which my doctor confirmed after an EKG, known as premature ventricular contractions. He told me not to worry, and I've not … more
You hear it whenever someone gets sick or dies soon after losing a spouse: Was it because of a broken heart? Stress might not be to blame for former President George H.W. Bush's hospitalization a day … more
After a long and snowy winter, we're heading into the high season of summer with great weather and lots of fun times ahead. While it's a relief to finally be outside, chances are pretty good that … more
Q: My doctor wants me to take amiodarone for my heart. But the potential side effects scare the heck out of me: possible death, permanent blindness, liver problems, thyroid problems. Should I do … more
Sleeping in on a day off feels marvelous, especially for those of us who don't get nearly enough rest during the work week. But are the extra weekend winks worth it? It's a question that psychologist … more
Q: After suffering from a metallic taste in my mouth for two years, I've been told by my doctor that I might be suffering from burning mouth syndrome. What can you tell me about this? I'm past … more
The first of a new class of drugs to prevent migraines was approved last week. The medication, called Aimovig, reduces the frequency of migraines among those severely afflicted, but the drug rarely … more
Q: I was recently diagnosed with an aortic thoracic aneurysm and scheduled for surgery. What are the risks, and can I expect to live a normal life afterward? A: As difficult as it is to hear the … more
We know for a fact that annual mammograms for women starting at age 40 absolutely save lives. But we also now know that for women at higher risk of breast cancer due to family history and other … more
When people talk about harmful stress — the kind that can affect health — they usually point to big, life-changing events, such as the death of a loved one. A growing body of research … more
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