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What Causes a Person to Blackout?

Syncope is defined as “partial or complete loss of consciousness with interruption of awareness of oneself and ones surroundings”. When the loss of consciousness is temporary and the person recovers spontaneously, it is referred to as syncope or, in non-medical terms as  fainting. Syncope or fainting, results from a temporary reduction in the blood flow and insufficient oxygen supply to the brain. When this occurs, the individual may experience lightheadedness, a “blackout” episode or loss...

Sickle Cell Disease

Definition Sickle cell disease is a blood disorder that affects the red blood cells. This disease is found in people that have red blood cells that contain mostly hemoglobin S, which is an abnormal type of hemoglobin. Normal blood cells are shaped like a donut taking a circular-shape and this is considered normal, where as a sickle-shaped red blood cell takes on a crescent shape and this proves difficult for this type of abnormal blood cell to pass the small blood vessels. When this happens the sickle...

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder that affects the central nervous system which progressively causes deterioration of functions such as motor skills and speech. It is classified within the group of movement disorders. It characteristically produces tremor, slow physical movements, muscle rigidity and in severe cases the inability to move altogether. Read more

What Causes Lyme Disease?

According to the Bailliere’s Nurses Dictionary, Lyme is a disease of animals that is transmitted to humans. They refer to this transmission as a zoonosis. Common zoonosis diseases include anthrax, cat-scratch fever, and of course Lyme. Lyme disease got its origin when it broke out in Lyme, Connecticut in 1975. This disease is associated with high fever, headaches, fatigue, and skin rashes known as erythema chronicum migrans (otherwise called bull’s eye due to its appearance). If it is left untreated...

Symptoms of Internal Bleeding

Internal bleeding is a serious medical emergency, wherein patients are suffering from a type of bleeding that is usually taking place inside their bodies. The most common body parts affected are the lungs, stomach and brain. If not taken care of properly, this health problem can lead to more severe events like cardiac arrest and death. Learn how to manage this severe medical condition by taking a quick look at the different treatments, diagnosis as well as symptoms of internal bleeding.Signs of...

Blood Clot Symptoms

Blood clot, which is also called thrombus, is a result of blood coagulation process in the so-called hemostasis. Possible causes include thrombosis and injury, wherein there is reduced blood flow. People are subject to increased risk of this medical problem if they have deep venous thrombosis, heart valve replacement as well as atrial fibrillation. Moreover, even disease-related and genetic deficiencies are possible to cause clotting. Here are some of the blood clot symptoms, treatments and diagnosis.Signs...

Symptoms of Anemia

Anemia is a serious health concern wherein patients usually suffer from lower than normal red blood cell count or lower than normal hemoglobin quantity in their blood. It is classified into three different types, namely red blood cell deficiency, excessive blood cell destruction and excessive blood loss. Learn how to manage this medical condition by learning the major and minor symptoms of anemia, as well as its different diagnostic procedures and efficient treatments. Signs of Anemia When suffering...

What Causes Purple Lips?

Purple lips also know as Cyanosis is a medical condition that causes discoloration and bluing of the skin and membranes. Linked to lack of oxygen, cyanosis may be attributed to underlying lung or breathing problems. Often seen in infants with birth defects or lung problems, cyanosis also affects the elderly. Although human blood is always a shade of red, the optical properties of skin distort the dark red color of deoxygenated blood to make it appear bluish purple. Cyanosis can occur in the fingers,...

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