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What Causes a Heart Attack?

The heart is a specialized muscle that contracts regularly and continuously, pumping blood to the body (via the left ventricle) and the lungs (via the right ventricle). A heart attack or myocardial infarction results from insufficient supply of oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle. Blood is supplied to the heart muscle by the coronary arteries. Some persons may experience coronary artery disease (CAD) where the arteries become blocked by a buildup of plaque consisting of fatty deposits, calcium...

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease is a disease that affects the brain. It is a degenerative, incurable terminal disease. It is mostly defined or referred to as a progressive and fatal brain disease. Alzheimer’s Disease is a common form for dementia that affects memory and eventually leads to disturbances with regard to using language, reasoning, planning and perception. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease The following include some of the possible symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease. In the initial stages,...

What Causes Down Syndrome?

There are 23 pairs of chromosomes in human cells. An individual will receive one pair of chromosome from each parent. Down syndrome is referred to as a common chromosome disorder which results when an individual has three copies of the 21st chromosome known as Trisomy 21 instead of two. Persons with Down syndrome will suffer from mental retardation and malformations (such as heart defects), and physical deformation of the body including the face. Down syndrome is a birth defect that alters a child’s...

Stomach Pain

Stomach pain, also known as stomach ache, is one of the most common kind of body pain that the human body experiences. When the organs inside and around the abdomen get affected, stomach pain can occur. These organs are the stomach, colon, gallbladder, pancreas, liver and the intestines. Sometimes, the pain can be felt on the abdomen even if the organs that are affected are not part of the digestive tract, such as the heart, lungs, uterus or ovaries, which sends a painful tingling or shooting sensation...

Eye Disease Symptoms

The eye is vulnerable to different kinds of diseases, especially when not receiving proper care and medications. However, there are also other possible causes such as degeneration and injury. Common eye disease symptoms include inflammation, red eye and eye pain, all of which can lead to the irritation and discomfort to patients. To help determine the real causes of these serious health problems, it is good to known the different eye disease symptoms, diagnosis and treatments. Signs of Eye Disease Eye...

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...

Symptoms of Hypoglycemia

Known as a medical term used to refer to a health condition in which the body produces lower than the required blood glucose, hypoglycemia has different symptoms but all these lead to neuroglycopenia. The after effects of this condition include unconsciousness, seizures, death as well as permanent brain damage. To prevent these effects, it is important that patients know the early, minor and major symptoms of hypoglycemia. In addition to these, it is very beneficial if they have ideas about the proper...

What Causes Ankles to Swell?

Swelling of the ankle occurs when there is an accumulation of fluid in the tissues surrounding the ankle or in the ankle joint. Swelling of the ankle can be caused due to various reasons. Some Causes of Ankle Swelling Let us now study some of the causes that lead to the swelling of ankles. rheumatoid arthritis obstruction of blood flow peripheral edema gout injury diseases rheumatoid arthritis: This is a condition that is caused due to the inflammation around the joints. It can lead to pain in...