Heart disease in women: Understand your risks
Heart disease is the most common cause of death in the U.S. Although several traditional risk factors, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity, affect everyone, other factors may play a bigger role in the development of heart disease in women. Becoming aware of the symptoms and risks unique to women, as well as eating a heart-healthy diet and exercising, can help you protect yourself. Here's what you need to know.
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Diuretics, high blood pressure and low potassium
Diuretics commonly are used to treat high blood pressure. They lower blood pressure by helping your body eliminate sodium and water through your urine. However, some diuretics also can cause you to eliminate more potassium in your urine. This can lead to low potassium levels in your blood. Potassium helps carry electrical signals to cells in your body. It is critical to the proper functioning of nerve and muscles cells, particularly heart muscle cells. Learn more from Dr. Sheldon Sheps, an emeritus Mayo Clinic hypertension and peripheral vascular diseases specialist.
Infographic: Organ donation myths and facts
Being an organ, eye and tissue donor is a generous decision that can be a lifesaver for up to 75 people. If you've ever considered organ donation but had concerns, here are answers to common organ donation myths.
Exercise: How much do you need every day?
Are you wondering if you're getting as much aerobic activity and strength training as you should? Are you wondering what types of exercises you could include for each? Are you wondering how to fit exercise into your already busy schedule? Get some answers from Dr. Edward Laskowski, a Mayo Clinic physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist and co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center.
Hand drying reduces spread of germs
You know the value of washing your hands to stop the spread of germs, but did you know that drying them matters, too? Find out why.