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Health Tip: Living With Cardiomyopathy

(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:

Quit smoking.
Lose any excess weight.
Avoid alcohol and illegal drugs.
Get plenty of sleep.
Reduce stress.
Take medication as your doctor has prescribed it.
Get regular medical checkups.
Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
Exercise regularly.

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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.

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The memory that is forever etched in my mind would no doubt be a situation or a patient whom I saw while I was doing clinicals for nursing school in the ER.

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I take it you mean living donors.

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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! “

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Why didn’t interbreeding cause an issue with the first humans?

It did.

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I had a baby born with a head that had something that resembled eye sockets, ears, and a nose. The head was about 7-8 inches in circumference. The body was sort of square. It was gelatinous.

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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.

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