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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.

What is a seizure? – The 6-W answer

The answer to the question what is a seizure, is not just the definition (what it is).  It also includes 5 other elements that begin with the letter W. They are where, why, when, and which.  Where has to do with the location. When refers to time factors.  Why relates to the reason seizures occur.  […]

Types and causes of restrictive lung disease

The causes of restrictive lung disease are numerous but there are only two types.  The causes relate to the diseases associated with it.  The types have to do with the mechanisms that produce it.  They are intrinsic and extrinsic factors. What is restrictive lung disease?     Restrictive lung disease (RLD) is not a single or […]

Pulmonary embolism symptoms and signs

Pulmonary embolism symptoms and signs can vary from none to sudden death.  The determinants are the size and number of emboli as well as the state of cardiopulmonary function of the victim prior to the event.    Some of the symptoms and signs of pulmonary embolism depend upon whether or not the event is massive […]

The difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

Understanding the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s requires the acknowledgement of two important facts.  The first is that Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia.  The second is all dementia is not Alzheimer’s disease. What Is Dementia   Dementia is a decline in a person’s cognition, which when severe interferes with the ability to perform […]

Pulmonary Hypertension Pathophysiology and Classification

Knowledge of pulmonary hypertension pathophysiology and the different types of the disease based on it provides greater insight into the disease than a mere definition of it.  It provides a more complete answer to the question – what is pulmonary hypertension? What is pulmonary hypertension?   Pulmonary hypertension is higher than normal pressure within the […]

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