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Category: Diseases and Conditions

Insight into various common diseases and conditions for which health literacy and patient engagement can have a favorable impact.

The new high blood pressure definition amidst a paradigm shift

The high blood pressure definition has changed in the last few days.  That change is part of a paradigm shift on the part of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other medical groups.  On November 13, 2017 the joint group released a new comprehensive guideline which contained recommendations for prevention, […]

Complications of hypertension in view of organ involvement

A complication of hypertension is a medical consequence of high blood pressure.  It can be a condition that develops or an event that occurs.  Complications of hypertension can result from either chronic or acute sustained elevations of blood pressure.  They consist of initial and secondary manifestations.  The initial ones are changes in blood vessels and/or […]

Atherosclerosis vs. arteriosclerosis: Dispelling the confusion

It is worthwhile to reflect on atherosclerosis vs. arteriosclerosis because of some confusion in the meaning and use of the two terms.  Arteriosclerosis is a general term.  Atherosclerosis is a more specific one. Etymology and similarities Arteriosclerosis derives its name from the combining of the word elements ‘sclerosis’ and ‘arterio.’  Sclerosis is a Greek word […]

Signs and Symptoms of MS Analyzed and Categorized

Signs and symptoms of MS (multiple sclerosis) are clinical features of the disease. They are, if you will, personality traits of the disease. Patients experience them in the form of symptoms. Health care providers, others, and in some cases, the patients themselves observe signs.MS starts out as a disease of the myelin sheath of nerves. […]

Seizure Types by Name in the ILAE 2017 Classification System

There are numerous possible names for seizure types in the new ILAE 2017 classification system, some of which are synonyms. The variety is a result of the multiple levels of classifying; the flexibility of the system; and the varying information doctors have about their patients’ seizures.  The tables below contain the names and main features […]

Key Signs and Symptoms of Seizures That Determine Seizure Type

Signs and symptoms of seizures are expressions of the acute events.  They correlate with the electrical disturbance in the brain that gives rise to them.  There are two types of descriptive terms for them.  They are general and specific.  The general ones define the type of expression.  The specific descriptors are the actual signs and […]

The Different Types of Seizures in the ILAE 2017 Classification System

The International League against Epilepsy (ILAE) changed how it classifies seizures in 2017.  The reason was to make it easier and more accurate to diagnose and classify the different types of seizures.  More accurate diagnosis and classification in principle should lead to better response to treatment.  The reason is seizures with specific features tend to […]

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