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.
How successful is ablation in treating atrial fibrillation?
Ablation procedures are successful approximately 75% of the time (3 out of 4 patients, on average). Ablation can cause some complications, and should be carefully reviewed with your physician to determine if you are a candidate for this type of therapy.
Can I exercise with heart failure?
It is very important to you do remain active if you have heart failure. Regular activity can improve on your sleep, make you feel better and improve on your breathlessness. Obviously, with heart failure it is essential that you understand the amount and types of activity that are safe for you. You can speak with your cardiologist or consult with a certified exercise specialist on including activity as part of your cardiac rehab plan.
How do calcium needs differ between adolescents and adults?
One of the major functions of calcium is to promote strong bones and muscles. Since children adolescents are growing and developing rapidly, they require more calcium to promote strong bones as their skeleton is forming. For adults, we require calcium to maintain the bone strength we have, and to prevent bone loss. You can ask your family physician if you are getting enough calcium.