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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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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When and How to Find a Natural Heart Doctor

…just as knowledgeable about alternative therapies, dietary interventions and nutritional supplements as he or she is about conventional drugs and surgery. A key question to ask when interviewing a cardiologist is whether he or she advocates taking Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), L-Carnitine, and D-Ribose. If he…

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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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Should You Get Screened for an Aneurysm?

…three uncles and two cousins—all men between the ages of 55-65—to sudden death from aortic aneurysms. Another male cousin is about to undergo surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm, and a female cousin was just diagnosed with an aneurysm. Understandably, she was concerned for both herself and her father…

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When Mitral Valve Prolapse Symptoms Are Severe

…repair surgery, or even replacement of the valve itself. How to Ward Off Severe Mitral Valve Prolapse Symptoms and Complications If your mitral valve prolapse is highly pronounced, you can take steps to prevent more serious complications from developing, including: * Use antibiotics prior to surgery and…

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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 Taking a 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. Yet, even if you have all the characteristics I just mentioned that would make you a perfect…

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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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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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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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Improved Energy: One of the Top Benefits of CoQ10

…the production of CoQ10, so if you're on a cholesterol-lowering statin drug it's critical to supplement with CoQ10. 3. Have you had a recent heart surgery, heart attack, or congestive heart failure? If so, I recommend taking 200-300 mg of CoQ10 daily. This is my recommended dosage for using CoQ10 as one…

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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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