Surgery

Successful Surgery Recovery

About six months before my scheduled hip surgery, I started to “train” for it, much as I trained for wrestling matches during my athletic heyday. Here’s the 5-step plan I followed: Step 1: Think Positive. Recovery from surgery starts in the mind. Rather than getting down, I reframed everything…

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Heartfelt Lessons from an American Legend

…to the pavement outside the hospital where he had coronary bypass graft surgery (CABG or CABS). As I’m sure you’ve heard Neil Armstrong passed away on August 25 at the age of 82 from complications following his heart surgery. All of this is especially difficult to grasp since as recently as May 12…

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We Can Knock Out Cancer--Right Now!

…one of them is rich with direct experience, new approaches, as well as HOPE and PROOF that cancer can be knocked out without chemo, radiation, and surgery. And, should you choose these traditional approaches, there are other options you must know about to make them safer, kinder to the body, and more…

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Breast Cancer Treatment is an Individual Decision

…cancer, she’ll need to learn as much as she can about it. Breast cancer can be treated in a variety of ways—not just the traditional methods of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. If she chooses to undergo conventional therapies, a woman should consider some form of alternative therapy that will…

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When It Comes to Heart Issues, Men Can Feel Emotional

surgery. I didn’t know he’d had particular heart issues, or heart surgery. As is typical of Williams’ comedic style, he boiled down his human experience to a couple of funny one-liners that cut to the chase, and opened up a subject we rarely address. “It’s a weird thing after the heart surgery,…

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Prevent Macular Degeneration

…fortunately, laser surgery (medically known as laser photocoagulation) can be used to fight it in some cases. Treatment of macular degeneration involves aiming a high energy beam of light directly on the leaking blood vessels to “seal” them. Of course, there’s always risk with surgery, and this procedure…

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Are You a Candidate for EECP Therapy?

…vascular disease in the legs or previous leg amputations * Pregnancy or immediately following cardiac catheterization or bypass surgery After two prior coronary artery bypass surgeries, “Ben” wasn’t a candidate for a third, despite his problems with angina and congestive heart failure. At the end of…

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EECP for Cardiovascular Health

…therapy for treating angina and congestive heart failure. It offers hope to those with advanced coronary artery disease who can’t undergo bypass surgery. Here's how it works... The physiology of EECP is similar to that of the intra-aortic balloon pump and mast pants, more familiar emergency medical…

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Postoperative Resistance Training

Dr. Sinatra is a big fan of resistance training, and used this great form of exercise to prepare for hip replacement surgery. He then focused on strengthening his upper body, as he knew he’d need it while using a walker postoperatively for a while. Dr. Sinatra tells his patients that when engaging…

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Heart Attack and Stroke on the Menu at the Heart Attack Cafe

…it, patients who’d endured heart attacks and strokes and open heart surgeries were cutting out and bringing in cartoons of their own to be sized, framed, and hung around the exercise room, too. There were jokes about surgery, doctors, nurses, exercise, poor lifestyle choices, healthy diets—all…

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Dr. Sinatra and Chelation

…holds for cardiovascular problems. One patient, “Joe,” stands out. Joe had very extensive heart disease, a history of coronary artery bypass surgeries, and was considered “inoperable.” His angina symptoms were kept in check and his quality of life improved for years while he opted-in for regular…

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Peripheral Artery Disease 101

…as intermittent claudication. To improve blood circulation, doctors often use the drugs advertised in the ads I mentioned earlier. Angioplasty or surgery is also sometimes necessary. My approach takes a different tack. I focus on the muscle cells and how to get rid of their metabolic by-products, which…

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Don't Lug Your Luggage

…patients individualized weight limitations for lifting heavy objects, especially if they have angina, or have had a recent heart attack or heart surgery that’s still healing. Ask your cardiologist. If you are in a cardiac rehab program, you can inquire about your specific guidelines for lifting weights…

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How To Beat Poor Blood Circulation

…restricted blood flow, discomfort, tiredness, heaviness and, often, cramping. To combat poor blood circulation, doctors often use drugs, angioplasty or surgery. My approach takes a different tack. I focus on the muscle cells and how to get rid of their metabolic by-products, which become increasingly toxic…

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Chelation: Good for Your Heart?

…a combination of both. They will be evaluating subjects for all-cause mortality, heart attack and stroke, hospitalization for angina, and bypass surgery. However, no good deed goes unpunished. Turns out, some detractors have demanded the study be halted, citing issues from expense and politics, to informed…

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Pets for Heart Health

…. Over and over again I heard stories about the benefits of pets for health. Some said they couldn't wait to come back to their animals following surgery or hospitalization. Medical research also supports the health benefits of pets. Specifically, pets significantly increase longevity in people with…

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Benefits of Resistance Training

Resistance training is NOT synonymous with term same “strength training,” which encompasses ANY resistance exercise that builds strength. Nor should it be confused with lifting, power lifting, or body-building, all of which are competitive sport endeavors that value achievement and excessive…

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The Teeth-Organ Connection

…to see if he could find any connection between his oral health and his inflamed hip. (Apparently my husband will try almost anything to avoid hip surgery!) As it turned out, Dr. Hansen concurred with Dr. Breiner that a tooth that had had a root canal may be implicated in his hip joint problems. Dr. Sinatra…

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6 Ways to Protect Yourself from UV Dangers

…November, 2010. You see, my fair Irish mom had skin cancer: basal and squamous cell carcinoma when she was in her sixties that required extensive surgery. Later in life, mom also developed bowel cancer. So, with that family history and my own fair Irish skin, I’ve known that I’m quite vulnerable…

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Is Daily Aspirin Right for You?

…aspirin for those who have known heart disease, such as a history of angina, heart attack, angioplasty or stent procedures, or coronary artery bypass surgery. In these cases, I recommend taking one baby aspirin daily. But even if you have all the characteristics I just mentioned that would make you a perfect…

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