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7 Facts About AFib You Don't Know, But Should

Flopping fish. Fluttering butterflies. Pounding thunder. All of these can be subtle signs of atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common type of irregular heartbeat. Also known as an arrhythmia, when you have an irregular heartbeat, this means that the electrical impulses in your heart aren’t working quite right. Sounds harmless enough—right?
Before you assume that AFib is nothing to worry about, let’s take a closer look at some surprising facts about AFib that everyone should know.
   1. AFib is just one kind of arrhythmia.
While AFib is the most common type of arrhythmia, it’s only 1 out of 5 different types. It's estimated that more than 4 million Americans have an arrhythmia some type, with AFib alone accounting for nearly 3 million of those.
2. AFib isn’t too fast or slow—it’s just irregular.
Typically, arrhythmias fall into one of two categories: tachycardia, a faster than normal heart rate, or bradycardia, a slower than normal heart rate; however, AFib can be either one. Ofte…

Surprising Things Your Food Cravings Are Trying To Tell You

When it’s 3 p.m. and the mid-afternoon lull has set in, do you hear your favorite salty snack calling your name? How about after dinner? Does that sweet treat just sound too good to resist? We’ve all been there. The truth is trying to withstand the temptation of food cravings can be downright difficult.
And while you’d like to believe that your common cravings—likely something salty or sweet—indicates some underlying vitamin deficiency, this likely isn’t the case. So before you reach for that delicious chocolate bar, keep in mind that cravings come from your brain, not your body. Instead of fulfilling your body’s nutritional needs, your cravings are actually just triggering your brain to release the feel-good hormone, dopamine.
Even though your unhealthy cravings may not indicate an underlying vitamin deficiency, they may still be trying to tell you something. Here are 4 cravings that could be something more than your mind playing tricks on you:
   1. You’re really thirsty. It’s normal t…

Let's Get Serious About Salmonella

No one wants to have food poisoning, that’s a fact. But every year, roughly 1 in 6 Americans gets sick from contaminated food. And what’s the main culprit to blame? You guessed it, salmonella. Responsible for more than 1.2 illnesses, salmonella continues to be one of the most common bacteria. In fact, salmonella infections continue to increase despite foodborne illnesses in general going down.
Salmonella symptoms: what to watch for
There’s no doubt that this nasty germ can cause a lot of unpleasant symptoms. When you’re suffering with salmonella, you can expect:
·Diarrhea ·Vomiting ·Abdominal cramps ·Fever
After eating something contaminated with salmonella, you may see symptoms anywhere from 12 to 72 hours after, and they will likely last for 4 to 7 days.
How do you get salmonella?
Everyone knows that raw chicken can cause salmonella, but what about other common foods? Here are some other salmonella sources that may be to blame:
·Spices and powders ·Fruits and veggies (namely tomatoes, cucumbe…

5 Super Subtle Signs You Have A Rotator Cuff Injury

As one of the most complex joints in your body, your shoulder is made up of multiple bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons—and those are just some of the many parts. This is what makes your shoulder so mobile, but it’s also what makes your shoulder so susceptible to injury. In fact, shoulders are the most commonly injured joints of the body, so step aside knees and hips—hello rotator cuffs.
It isn’t just major impact or sports injuries that can cause damage to your rotator cuff, though. Oftentimes, it’s the culmination of repetitive wear and tear that’s to blame. Anything that involves repetitive lifting or overhead activities can contribute to rotator cuff pain or injury.
Because the symptoms of rotator cuff injuries are often so mild, they’re easy to overlook or write-off as normal aches and pains. However, if left untreated, this type of injury will only worsen leading to more severe pain and making recovery a lengthier process.
Don’t shrug off shoulder pain. According to Saadiq El-Amin

What Your Gas Says About Your Health

Between burping, belching, flatulence and bloating, you’ve likely experienced one or all of these forms of gas. In fact, experts say that passing gas between 13 and 21 times a day is totally normal. Now typically the gas that you release—whatever its form—is primarily a mix of carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen, which is odorless. 
However, there are times when a little methane sneaks in, giving your gas a distinct smell. If you’re smelling sulfur, the likely culprits are meat, beans or cabbage.
So while gas is completely natural, if you’re experiencing an excess of it or bloating that makes you feel uncomfortable, it may be time to do some investigating to figure out if there’s something more going on.

According to Tik Pau, MD, a primary care expert with Gwinnett Medical Group, here are 8 things your body may be trying to tell you: 
1. You’re eating a lot of fructose, polyol and sulfur.
It may not actually be notorious gas producers, like broccoli and beans, that are to blam…

Breastfeeding 101: How To Tell If Your Baby Is Getting Enough

While you’ve likely heard about the numerous benefits that breastfeeding can provide for mother and baby—like protecting your baby’s digestive system and lowering your risk of developing ovarian and breast cancers—it isn’t always quite that simple. 
For instance, one of the many questions you may find yourself asking is: how can I tell if my baby is getting enough to eat? Well, it may be easier than you think with key tips from GMC’s certified lactation consultants.
If your baby…
·Feeds 8 or more times during a 24-hour period ·Latches comfortably and breasts feel softer after feeding ·Has 6 to 8 wet diapers during a 24-hour period (by day 4) ·Has 3 to 4 mustard colored, seedy stools every day by the 4th day. Your baby’s stool should look larger than a spoonful and change from brown and sticky to yellow and loose ·Steadily sucks and swallows while feeding ·Appears satisfied after feeding
…Then they are getting enough to eat.
It's important to note that after initial weight loss right afte…

Varicose Veins vs. Spider Veins: What You Need To Know

Suns out—legs out? Well, not for everyone. Despite it being hot, hot, hot, spider veins and varicose veins can make nearly anyone feel self-conscious about their legs. On top of that, spider veins and varicose veins can also be uncomfortable or even painful.
So, if you notice the bulge of varicose veins, or the bursts of spider veins, what does this mean for you? For starters, you’re not alone. Both varicose and spider veins are very common and women are nearly twice as likely as men to develop them. You’ll be happy to learn, though, that there are simple ways to reduce both the look and feel of them.
What is the difference between varicose and spider veins?
Varicose veins are caused by weakened valves in the veins, which can allow blood to leak and pool. Because blood collects, the veins become bigger and evolve into varicose veins.
Similarly, spider veins are caused by a backup of blood, as well as increased pressure in the legs.
What are common risk factors?
Because varicose and spid…