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what lifestyle changes can i make to decrease my risk for carotid artery disease?

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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Vascular Surgery 29 years experience
DO NOT SMOKE: Smoking is probably the single worst thing that a human could do to themselves to increase the risk of peripheral vascular disease. Improving other risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes and hypercholesterolemia also need to be addressed in the journey to decrease the chance of peripheral vascular disease.
Dr. David Miller
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Family Medicine 10 years experience
Many: Lose weight, lower your cholesterol, control your diabetes, lower your blood pressure, lower your stress. These are all within your power to affect but it will take some work on your part.

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Could the baby pushing on my arteries cause high blood pressure?

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Dr. Felecia Dawson
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No: High blood pressure is often due to the genes you have inherited, nutritional status, and/or stress. You can't do much about your genes but you can control what you expose them to. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, sleep at least 7 hours at night, and begin your day with some meditative practice. Research shows that meditation actually lowers blood pressure.
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Do changes occur in a mother's bones while pregnant or breastfeeding?

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Yes: Both pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause bone loss in mother. You should get adequate calcium through your diet and if needed supplementation. You should do daily weight bearing exercises as well.
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Are vision changes a sign of pregnancy?

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No: Not an accurate test. Go see a doctor or do a home pregnancy test.
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However, your glasses prescription may change during pregnancy.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

If my baby's heart rate changes significantly does labor have to be induced?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
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Sometimes: Babies heart rates change all the time. Some changes are good, heart rate rises that are called accelerations. Other changes can be bad like temporary drops (decelerations), low or high heart rates. If there are drops in the heart rate or it is staying too high or too low, you might need to be induced or even have a c/s. A normal fetal heart rate is how we can tell the baby is ok.
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Why can one's personality change after open heart surgery?

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Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
Major life event: Heart surgery brings one to recognize one's vunerability and some react with fear and depression - can be treated with medications. Others react with a positive change in their attitude towards loved ones and life generally.

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