Atrial Fibrillation is a condition where the heart beats very fast and irregularly. Some patients only experience mild symptoms with atrial fibrillation such as palpitations, breathlessness or light headedness, while others can experience profound symptoms and feel quite unwell with it. 1 in 3 strokes are caused by AF in people over the age of 60 and people with AF have a 3-5 times greater risk of stroke than people without AF.
If you have recently been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, your physician might refer you to a Cardiologist where you will be assessed for stroke risk. One of the ways a Cardiologist assesses stroke risk is by using a guideline called the CHADS score. This takes a number of factors into consideration in order to ensure the patient is put on the right treatment for stroke prevention.
Atrial Fibrillation is a condition where the top two chambers of the heart called the atria beat fast and irregularly. When this occurs, blood can pool in the atria causing blood clots. These blood clots can break off and travel to various parts of the body including the brain, causing a stroke. In order to prevent stroke in patients they need to be assessed by a qualified practitioner and in many cases anticoagulants are prescribed.
What is polymyalgia rheumatica?
Polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory condition which can affect the entire body. It is a relative to rheumatoid arthritis, however the symptoms in polymyalgia rheumatica can appear suddenly, alerting your physician that something is going on. If you are experiencing sudden symptoms of stiffness and pain, visit your physician to get assessed.
How can I tell if a skin spot or mole is melanoma?
There are certain characteristics of how a spot on the skin (often mistaken for a mole) changes which could indicate it is a melanoma (skin cancer). These include asymmetry in the spot or "mole", an irregular border, multiple colours, a growing diameter and rapid changes to the spot or "mole". If you notice any of these changes or characteristics with a spot on your skin, you should address this with your doctor who may refer you to a dermatologist for further investigation.
Do all teenagers get acne?
Acne is a very common skin condition that affects most teenagers. It can happen in many different stages of severity, so it is very likely that almost all teenagers will have some form of acne at some point during their adolescent years.