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What are the Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke?

The signs and symptoms of a stroke vary. They often develop quickly and may include sudden weakness, paralysis, confusion, trouble speaking, changes in vision, trouble breathing, dizziness, loss of consciousness, and a sudden severe headache. After you’ve had a stroke, you may develop other complications such as blood clots, muscle weakness, problems swallowing, pneumonia, and loss of bladder control.

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Atrial Fibrillation - Types

a-fib  AF 

Atrial fibrillation is a type of arrhythmia. There are four main types of atrial fibrillation—paroxysmal, persistent, long-term persistent, and permanent atrial fibrillation.

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Cystic Fibrosis

CF 

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic condition that affects a protein in the body. People who have cystic fibrosis have a faulty protein that affects the body’s cells, tissues, and the glands that make mucus and sweat.

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Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation - Living With

consumption coagulopathy 

Acute DIC and its underlying causes are serious life-threatening conditions, so your treatment management and recovery will likely be done in the hospital. If you have been diagnosed with DIC, it is important that you follow your treatment plan, get regular care, and learn the warning signs of complications.

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Sarcoidosis - Diagnosis

inflammation  sarcoidosis  granuloma 

Your doctor will diagnose sarcoidosis based on your symptoms, a physical exam, imaging tests, or a biopsy of an affected organ. The doctor will also do tests to rule out other diseases that have similar signs and symptoms.

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Vasculitis - Treatment

angiitis  arteritis 

Treatment for vasculitis will depend on the type of vasculitis you have, which organs are affected, and the severity of the condition. The goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation. People who have mild vasculitis may find relief with over-the-counter pain medicines. For severe vasculitis, your doctor may prescribe medicines. Surgery to treat vasculitis is rare.

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Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation - Causes

consumption coagulopathy 

DIC is caused by another medical condition that makes the body’s normal blood clotting process become overactive. The condition progresses through two stages. In the early stages, overactive clotting leads to blood clots throughout the blood vessels. The clots can reduce or block blood flow, damaging organs.

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Vasculitis - Causes

angiitis  arteritis 

Vasculitis occurs when your immune system injures your blood vessels by mistake. What causes this to happen is not fully known, but when it occurs, your blood vessels become inflamed and can narrow or close off. Rarely, the blood vessel wall may weaken, causing it to expand or bulge. This bulge is known as an aneurysm.

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Sleep Apnea: Treatment

sleep  sleep apnea  Obstructive Sleep Apnea 

If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, your doctor may make recommendations to help you maintain an open airway during sleep. These could include healthy lifestyle changes or a breathing device such as a positive airway pressure (PAP) machine, mouthpiece, or implant.

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High Blood Cholesterol: Screening and Prevention

hypercholesterolemia 

Your doctors will order routine lipid panel blood tests to screen for high blood cholesterol. Learn about heart-healthy lifestyle changes that your doctor may recommend to help you prevent high blood cholesterol.

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