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.
Stress and the Heart: How Are They Connected?
There is a definite connection between stress and the heart. We all need some stress in our lives in order to function. For example, fear and stress help us react when we're in dangerous situations, and stress due to upcoming deadlines helps some people perform better. But when stress is elevated to the level that it affects us physically or mentally, it's no longer healthy, especially for the heart. When this happens, we need to reduce our stress levels before they cause damage.
How to Check Your Blood Pressure: Monitoring Your Heart Health at Home
Your blood pressure can offer you and your doctor several clues to your overall health. Should you check your blood pressure at home? Why or why not? We'll start off with some basic information about what your blood pressure reading is telling you and how to check your blood pressure, then explore examples of people who may benefit from checking their blood pressure more regularly at home.
Cardiac Catheterization: What to Expect
Cardiac catheterization is one of the most common methods doctors use to diagnose heart conditions. It sounds scary, but this test can help your doctor evaluate certain cardiac symptoms to create a treatment plan that will be as effective as possible.
Have Noisy Knees? Here's What's Really Going On
Hearing cracking, popping, or other noises coming from your knees can be upsetting. Is it really something to be concerned about, though? At what point should you see your doctor? Is there anything you can do to protect — or silence — those noisy knees?
Why Do My Joints Hurt?
Many Americans live with joint pain. If your joints hurt, you want to find the cause of the pain so you can treat it. But joint pain may come from inside the affected joint or structures outside of it. Many types of joint pain are caused by medical conditions such as arthritis, but some result from diseases such as Lyme disease.