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What is the prognosis for hepatitis C?

What is the prognosis for hepatitis C?

Hepatitis C is a viral infection of the liver. When a person has the hepatitis C virus (HCV) for several years, their liver can become inflamed. However, a person can live for years without even knowing that they have HCV. Once the symptoms start to show, the person usually already has liver damage, which can […]

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Can essential oils help lower hypertension?

Can essential oils help lower hypertension?

Many people try essential oils as a treatment for high blood pressure, or hypertension, usually by inhaling the scent or applying the oil to the skin. However, there is little evidence that essential oils can reduce blood pressure. As untreated hypertension can result in a heart attack or stroke, it is important not to rely […]

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Bruised face: Treatment and causes

Bruised face: Treatment and causes

There are many possible causes of a bruised face, which can be very painful. Some people with a bruised face may also feel self-conscious, especially at work or school. Most bruises heal on their own. However, a few treatments and remedies may speed the healing process. Keep reading to learn more about how to help […]

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Cold medicine for hypertension: What to know

Cold medicine for hypertension: What to know

A person with high blood pressure, heart disease, or other heart issues should take care when selecting cold and flu medication. Certain medications, particularly ones with decongestants in them, can raise a person’s blood pressure. Keep reading for more information on cold medications for people with high blood pressure, including safety concerns, and alternative treatment […]

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These blood markers may indicate a higher risk of disease and death

These blood markers may indicate a higher risk of disease and death

A new study suggests that some readings from routine blood tests could help identify people at higher risk of disease and death related to disease. Doctors currently use the readings as markers of immune condition and inflammation. Share on PinterestNew research singles out blood markers that could identify people at risk of disease and premature […]

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Understanding blood pressure readings

Understanding blood pressure readings

Blood pressure is the force of a person’s blood pushing against their artery walls. A person’s blood pressure can become too low or too high. When it becomes too high, it can lead to potential health complications. Often, people do not experience symptoms of high blood pressure, or hypertension. This means that it is important […]

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Can you smoke and donate blood?

Can you smoke and donate blood?

The majority of people can donate blood. However, those who use nicotine products, cannabis products, or both may wonder whether or not they can donate blood. Hospitals and health clinics use donated blood to treat various medical conditions. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of blood donations collected around the world per […]

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What does high blood pressure in the morning mean?

What does high blood pressure in the morning mean?

Blood pressure fluctuates naturally throughout the day and tends to increase around the time a person wakes up. However, for many people, blood pressure may be abnormally high in the mornings. Doctors refer to this as morning hypertension. Morning hypertension can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. These medical emergencies often occur in […]

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What to know about thoracic outlet syndrome

What to know about thoracic outlet syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome refers to a group of conditions characterized by the compression of the nerves, arteries, and veins that pass through the space between the collarbone and the first rib. This space is known as the thoracic outlet. Anything that narrows the space inside the thoracic outlet can put pressure on the blood vessels […]