Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. Glaucoma is often associated with elevated intraocular pressure, in which damage to the eye (optic) nerve can lead to loss of vision and even blindness.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye over time as people age. Cataracts often develop slowly and can affect one or both eyes. The only treatment is to have the effected lens replaced through surgery.
Refractive eye surgery is the term used to describe surgical procedures that correct common vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia. Surgery can eliminate the need for prescription eyeglasses and/or contact lenses.
Do I need drugs of ablation for my atrial fibrillation?
Depending on the frequency and severity of your atrial fibrillation episodes, you may be treated with medications or considered for ablation therapy. If you are not able to tolerate the drugs, or they have not been effective in treating your atrial fibrillation, your physician may recommend an ablation. Discuss with your physician the most appropriate treatment options for your atrial fibrillation.
What happens to my heart during a heart attack?
When a part of the heart muscle experiences a decrease in blood flow (which delivers oxygen), the affected part of the heart muscle dies and this is a heart attack. The decrease in blood flow to the heart is usually linked to a blockage. Ensuring you visit your physician regularly can help you monitor your heart health and watch for any warning signs of heart disease.
What are DMARDs?
DMARDs are a class of drugs that are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, and the most common drug used is called methotrexate. The acronym stands for Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs. DMARDs serve to slow down the progression of your rheumatoid arthritis, and it's important to start treatment as soon as you're diagnosed. By treating your symptoms with these drugs, you can experience improvements in function and life expectancy.