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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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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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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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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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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News Alert: High-Dose Statins Can Increase Your Diabetes Risk

…rates. Plus, this issue of high-dose statins has even touched much closer to home—in my own practice. One of my employee’s fathers had bypass surgery and I recently went over his lab work. He’s on a high-dose statin and both his blood sugar and A1C was elevated—and he’s never had diabetes before…

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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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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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Could Your Joint Replacement or Dental Fillings Be Reacting to EMFs?

…last few years, I’ve noticed I have been increasingly symptomatic when I’m near strong EMFs. It started around the time of my hip replacement surgery a few years back. When I’m in close proximity to things like cordless phones, cell phone towers, and high tension wires I have a generally “buzzing”…

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Plaque Buildup and Peripheral Artery Disease

…is restricted blood flow, discomfort, tiredness, heaviness and, often, cramping. To combat the condition, doctors often use drugs, angioplasty, or surgery in peripheral artery disease treatment. A Different Tack for Peripheral Artery Disease Treatment Instead of drugs or invasive therapies, I focus on…

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How to Find a Good Cardiologist

…opinion. A good cardiologist will encourage you to seek out a second opinion—especially if you’re facing the decision of whether or not to have surgery. Now it’s your turn: What qualities do you look for to find a cardiologist? You May Also Be Interested n * 3 Signs that You Need to Find a Cardiologist…

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Treating Low Ejection Fraction

…how to exercise safely with whatever cardiac limitations they may have. (Phase II is for those just recovering from recent heart attacks and heart surgery, whereas Phase III is for people who are more stable). On the supplement front, Dr. Sinatra encourages people with low ejection fractions (with or…

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Love, Intimacy, and Your Heart

…to resume your love life, here are some tips to do that safely: * Avoid placing any strain upon the chest muscles, particularly if you've just had surgery. Instead, try a side-lying position which puts less strain on the heart and chest. * Avoid intimacy one to two hours after meals (digestion shunts…

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When “Managed Care” Means Managing Your Own Care

…medication right away to address the emergency situation. But for most people, starting off with the more drastic (and costly) measures of drugs, or even surgery, is totally unnecessary. Ask your doctor whether your case is an emergency, or whether you have time to let natural therapies work. * Follow the plan…

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October Pays Tribute to Breast Cancer Victims and Survivors

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, as most of you know, the pink ribbon is the logo. It has been inspiring to see so many people and businesses contribute to raising funds and awareness about this key women’s health issue. The CDC reports that in 2005, 186,467 women (and 1,764…

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