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Heart Disease and Heart Attacks: What’s the Connection?

Heart Disease and Heart Attacks: What’s the Connection?

by Shearly (SU)
Heart disease, or cardiovascular disease, encompasses many different conditions that can lead to a heart attack. Most types of heart disease involve atherosclerosis.

Headaches in the Summer

Headaches in the Summer

by Shearly (SU)
People who have chronic headaches may notice that they can worsen during the summer months, especially for those who suffer from migraines. Researchers still haven’t pinpointed the cause behind migraines, but according to the Migraine Research Foundation, researchers have concluded migraines are neurological disorders that involve nerve pathways and brain chemicals.

How Much Calcium Do You Need?

How Much Calcium Do You Need?

by Shearly (SU)
When we think of the contributions that the mineral calcium makes to our bodies, the first thing that comes to mind is strong bone, and this is true. However, calcium has multiple jobs. Yes, it builds bones, but our blood wouldn’t clot without calcium. Our heart would cease to beat and muscles would only expand and not contract.

The Difference between an Internist and a Primary Care Physician

The Difference between an Internist and a Primary Care Physician

by Shearly (SU)
To understand the difference between an internist and a primary care physician, it is important to realize that one is a specialty, and the other is a role. An internist is a physician who specializes in internal medicine, and is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. While an internist can function as a primary care physician, he or she may also focus their practice on hospital medicine, medical education and/or research. On the other hand, a primary care physician may be an internist, a pediatrician, a geriatrician, a family practitioner, a gynecologist or an obstetrician, because primary care involves the practice of promoting overall health for the entire individual within the specific population (geriatrics, pediatrics, etc.) of the physician’s specialty. Let’s first look at the specialty of internal medicine, and then examine how these and other physicians practice in the primary care environment.

Getting the Most From Your Primary Care Visit

Getting the Most From Your Primary Care Visit

by Shearly (SU)
Have you ever gotten home from a doctor visit and realized you forgot to mention something you wanted to talk about? Or maybe you arrived at your visit without important information, like the name of the new medication a specialist prescribed. Your next appointment may not be scheduled for months, and it’s often difficult to make time for an extra trip. Yet, good communication is essential for insuring that all your health needs are met. So, whether you are seeing a new provider, or returning for a follow-up appointment, here are some tips to make sure you get the most from all of your primary care visits.

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