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Why Am I Experiencing Brain Fog in My 40s?

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Characterized by forgetfulness, a lack of focus, reduced mental clarity, and confusion, brain fog can affect a person’s physical and mental health. If you continually feel tired, distracted, and disoriented, you may struggle to focus at work, on your relationships, and on yourself.

People who experience brain fog struggle to complete tasks, develop frequent headaches, have memory problems, and often feel fuzzy and spaced out. Brain fog is more common in people in their 50s and older, but people in their 40s can also experience the condition.

In this blog, we’ll offer a closer look at why you may be experiencing brain fog. We’ll also present you with a few theories that may shed some light on its causes and help you treat or overcome it.

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3 Types of Patients Who Require Cardiac Catheterization

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If you suffer from a heart condition, you may be familiar with cardiac catheterization. This procedure entails the insertion of a thin, flexible tube (catheter) through a blood vessel all the way to the heart. This is done to help diagnose or treat heart conditions like irregular heartbeat, clogged arteries, etc.

The procedure helps doctors obtain essential information about the patient’s blood vessels in the heart, heart valves, and heart muscle. During the procedure, doctors often perform different tests. Common heart disease treatments like coronary stenting and coronary angioplasty are performed using cardiac catheterization.

In this blog, we’ll offer a closer look at three types of patients who should undergo this procedure. Continue reading.

1. Patients Who Have Developed Atherosclerosis

This condition develops when plaque gradually builds up inside the arteries. As a result, the arteries become narrow and hard, which restricts blood flow. If left undiagnosed and untreated, atherosclerosis may lead to blood clots that increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Cardiac catheterization is used to press plaque buildup against the walls of the arteries. This significantly improves blood flow.

2. Patients Who Have Developed Heart Valve Disease

Heart valve disease occurs when one or more of the four heart valves fail to function properly. These valves play a pivotal role. They make blood flow in the correct direction.

If one or more heart valves fail to open or close properly, blood flow through the heart to the rest of the body can be disrupted. This condition can be fatal.

Cardiac catheterization helps detect problems with the functioning of the heart valves. It also identifies abnormalities in the functioning of the coronary arteries and heart muscle.

3. Patients Who Exhibit Symptoms of a Heart Condition

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Symptoms of common heart conditions include (but are not limited to) chest pain, chest tightness, shortness of breath, chest pressure, numbness or weakness in the limbs, heartburn, indigestion, and nausea. Patients who experience one or more of these symptoms may have to undergo cardiac catheterization. In such cases, the procedure helps identify any abnormalities.

At Houston Physicians’ Hospital, we specialize in performing cardiac catheterization. Our doctors use the procedure to diagnose heart conditions and correct any irregularities identified along the way.

Find a cardiologist who’s right for you. Our physicians also treat conditions like joint pain, knee pain, hip pain, back pain, and neck pain, among a range of other disorders and ailments.

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5 Stages of Parkinson’s Disease Family Members Should Be Aware Of

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While Parkinson’s disease (PD) can be physically debilitating, it can also take a toll on a person’s mental and emotional health and affect the people around them. As PD sufferers struggle to manage tremors, muscle rigidity, bradykinesia, posture and balance issues, speech problems, and a range of other symptoms, their psychological health can be affected.

As a family member or friend, you should provide ample support, reassurance, and encouragement. Start by understanding the different stages of PD so you can take the right measures accordingly.

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3 Minimally Invasive Alternatives to Hip Replacement Surgery

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Hip conditions are extremely common around the globe. While most people develop hip disorders as they age, some young adults also experience hip pain because of their lifestyle, genetics, and a range of other factors.

Between the ages of 30 and 50, the hip joints begin to experience moderate wear and tear. Beyond the age of 50, they continue to weaken and cause discomfort. If neglected, this discomfort can develop into chronic pain. Many people also notice a reduction in their range of motion and flexibility.

If you suffer from a hip condition that requires surgery, follow your doctor’s instructions and proceed with the operation. But get a second opinion, and if your condition hasn’t progressed as rapidly, you may consider minimally invasive alternatives to hip replacement surgery. Here are three of the most common options:

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