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Asthma - Screening and Prevention

asthma  asthma attack  asthma triggers  asthma flare-up 

There is no routine screening for asthma, and there is no way to prevent asthma. Your doctor may recommend avoiding triggers to help prevent asthma from getting worse or causing asthma attacks.

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High Blood Cholesterol: Treatment

hypercholesterolemia 

High blood cholesterol is treated with heart-healthy lifestyle changes and medicines to control or lower your high blood cholesterol. Lipoprotein apheresis is a procedure that can be used to treat familial hypercholesterolemia.

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Blood Cholesterol: Risk Factors

heart disease  hypercholesterolemia  hyperlipidemia  bad cholesterol  dyslipidemia  ldl cholesterol  hdl cholesterol  High blood cholesterol  lipid panel  statins  familial hypercholesterolemia  good cholesterol 

Your risk for high blood cholesterol may be higher because of your age, family history and genetics, race or ethnicity, or sex.

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How Is a Stroke Treated?

Strokes are medical emergencies and treatment needs to begin immediately. Depending on the type of stroke, treatment may include medicines (such as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) or anticoagulants/antiplatelets) and procedures (such as carotid endarterectomy or carotid artery angioplasty). Surgery—such as aneurysm clipping and coil embolization or arteriovenous malformation repair—may be needed to treat a hemorrhagic stroke. Making lifestyle changes can help treat and control risk factors for a stroke.

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What is COPD?

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. In the United States, the term COPD includes two main conditions—emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

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Insomnia - Treatment

insomnia  sleep  sleep disorders  tiredness  healthy sleep habits  insomnia treatment 

Lifestyle changes can often help improve short-term insomnia. A type of counseling called cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia is usually the first treatment recommended for chronic insomnia. Several medicines can also help manage insomnia and help you have a regular sleep schedule. You may need to visit a doctor who specializes in treating sleep problems.

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Respiratory Failure - Causes

Respiratory failure  acute respiratory failure  chronic respiratory failure  hypoxemic respiratory failure  hypercapnic respiratory failure  ventilator  CPAP  Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) 

Any condition or injury that affects breathing can cause respiratory failure. The condition or injury may affect your airways or lungs. Or it may affect the muscles, nerves, and bones that help you breathe.

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Heart-Healthy Living - Get Your Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Checked

Two of the major risk factors for heart disease are high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol. If either of these numbers is high, work with your doctor to get it to a healthy range.

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Insomnia - Diagnosis

insomnia  sleep  sleep disorders  tiredness  healthy sleep habits  insomnia treatments 

If lack of sleep is affecting your daily activities, talk to your doctor. You may be diagnosed with insomnia if you have difficulty falling or staying asleep for at least 3 nights a week. Short-term insomnia lasts less than 3 months. Chronic insomnia lasts for 3 months or more. Your doctor may do some tests to see whether you have other medical conditions that can affect your sleep, or whether your insomnia has caused any complications.

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Respiratory Failure – Treatment

Respiratory failure  acute respiratory failure  chronic respiratory failure  hypoxemic respiratory failure  hypercapnic respiratory failure  ventilator  CPAP  Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) 

Acute respiratory failure can be life-threatening and may need a quick diagnosis and emergency medical treatment in a hospital. Emergency treatment can help quickly improve your breathing and provide oxygen to your body to help prevent organ damage. Your healthcare team will then treat the cause of your respiratory failure. Treatments for respiratory failure may include oxygen therapy, medicines, and procedures to help your lungs rest and heal.

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