(HealthDay News) — Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle that causes the heart to become enlarged, rigid or thicker.
As the condition worsens, the heart becomes weaker and is less effective at pumping blood, the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says.
The agency suggests how to help tame some of the condition’s complications:
Lose any excess weight.
Avoid alcohol and illegal drugs.
Get plenty of sleep.
Take medication as your doctor has prescribed it.
Get regular medical checkups.
Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
As a doctor, what did you not “get” until it slapped you across the face?
The huge discrepancy in healthcare delivery just based on your socioeconomic status. Wear a suit to the hospital, talk articulately with sincerity and you will be treated like a dignitary.
As a delivery doctor, nurse, or midwife, what are some strange or funny things people have screamed while giving birth?
During my residency training we had a number of pregnant patients who were too young and as a result sadly uneducated. One night, a girl who could not have been over 15, screamed, “This baby is coming out my Ver-Gi-Bers! “
Organ Transplants: Should Death Row inmate Ronald Phillips be allowed to donate his kidney to his mother?
Assuming that he’s otherwise healthy enough to do so, and his donation to his mother doesn’t violate any other ethical or legal restrictions, then yes – he should certainly be allowed to donate his kidney to his mother.
As a pediatrician, what is the funniest thing a child has ever said to you?
One afternoon, the 4-year-old daughter of the pharmacist in our hospital was hanging around, waiting to go home with him. She came upon a container with a spigot, and curiosity led her to put her mouth on it and open the valve.