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  • Cancer Staging and Grading

    The stage of a cancer describes how much cancer is in the body and where it is located. If the cancer has spread, the stage also includes how far it has spread. The grade describes how tumor cells look under a microscope compared to cells from healthy tissue near the...

  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

    What is acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)? Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a serious lung problem. Fluid builds up in the lungs, causing breathing failure and low oxygen levels in the blood. ARDS is life-threatening, because it keeps organs like the brain and kidneys from getting the oxygen they...

  • Coronary Angioplasty: Before Your Procedure

    Learn how angioplasty opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries to improve blood flow.

  • ICD: Living Well With It

    Discusses how to live with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), a device that helps control heart rhythm. Gives safety guidelines and tips for travel, exercise, and making an ICD shock plan.

  • Colonoscopy: Overview

    Learn how to prepare for your colonoscopy and what to expect during the procedure.

  • Boosting Your Metabolism

    How is it that two people of the same age, gender, and height can eat the same foods and be equally active, but one gains weight while the other loses it? One piece of the puzzle is metabolism. How well your body burns energy to keep up basic functions like...

  • Pancreatic Cancer

    Describes pancreatic cancer. Talks about symptoms and what tests are used to diagnose it. Provides treatment details. Lists factors that raise your risk.

  • Angioplasty for Peripheral Artery Disease: Before Your Procedure

    Learn what to expect when preparing for angioplasty for peripheral artery disease. Includes an explanation of the procedure.

  • How to Put On Compression Stockings

    Learn some tips that will help you put on your compression stockings.

  • Self-Test for Anxiety

    This questionnaire—called the GAD-7 screening tool—can help you find out if you might have an anxiety disorder that needs treatment. It calculates how many common symptoms you have and—based on your answers—suggests where you might be on a scale, from mild to severe anxiety. GAD-7 stands for "generalized anxiety...


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