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Recognizing the Risk Factors in Congestive Heart Failure

Disease interferes with heart’s pumping function Congestive heart failure (CHF) occurs when the heart muscle cannot eject blood out of the heart properly (systolic heart failure) or the heart muscles are stiff and do not fill up with blood easily (diastolic heart failure). With both these problems, the heart cannot pump enough oxygen-rich blood out … Continue reading

Holding Out Hope for Patients with COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a mixture of conditions, usually asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. “When you hear the term COPD, you think of smokers, but that is not always true,” said Dr. John Harrison of Baptist Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates. According to the American Lung Association, approximately 85 percent to 90 … Continue reading