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Nearly a third of people who have been in hospital suffering from Covid-19 are readmitted for further treatment within four months of being discharged, and one in eight of patients dies in the same period, doctors have found.

The striking long-term impact of the disease has prompted doctors to call for ongoing tests and monitoring of former coronavirus patients to detect early signs of organ damage and other complications caused by the virus.

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8 Conditions Women Should Be Aware Of And Keep An Eye On

Men and women can suffer from the same types of diseases. But certain health conditions are unique among women. There are also diseases that affect women differently than men. The good news is, most of the health problems affecting women are highly treatable.

The best way to fight diseases is through awareness. By educating yourself of the many conditions that affect women, you take an essential step in preventing them from happening. In all your health decisions, it’s always best to work with your doctor

Here are the top medical conditions that women should watch out for. 

1. Heart Disease 

Heart disease can affect both men and women. However, some factors can increase the risk among women. For instance, hormonal changes in menopausal women can cause higher blood pressure and increased cholesterol levels. When that happens, women become more susceptible to heart ailments, which may trigger heart attacks. Also, pregnancy complications can increase the likelihood of getting heart disease later in life.

Symptoms linked to heart problems include chest pains, abdominal discomfort, shortness of breath, and numbness in the arms and legs. Since heart disease is a serious health condition, it’s important to regularly visit your doctor so you can monitor your cardiovascular health. Also, living a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise, and a healthy diet can help protect against heart disease. 

2. Breast Cancer

This is the most common cancer and one of the leading causes of death among women. Many factors can cause this disease. The major elements that determine a woman’s susceptibility include age, family history, and even racial profile. Obesity, drinking too much alcohol, and taking certain medications can also contribute to cancer development in the breasts. 

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, experts suggest to keep your emotions in check and not lose hope. Breast cancer is not a death sentence, especially since there are many treatments available now. 

Early detection is key to fighting breast cancer. A patient’s chance for complete recovery increases the earlier that the cancer is detected and treated. That’s the reason why doctors suggest regular Mammogram tests.

Women are encouraged to educate themselves about the risks of breast cancer. Awareness will allow you to make the right decisions and take the necessary actions to prevent this cancer from happening to you.

3. Cervical Cancer 

This cancer grows in the cervix, which is in the lower part of the uterus linked to the vagina. Cervical cancer can be triggered by a sexually transmitted infection called the human papillomavirus (HPV). The immune system does an excellent job at fighting this virus. However, in some women, the virus may survive and trigger some cervical cells to transform into cancer cells.

A pap smear can detect the presence of pre-cancerous cervical cells. Early detection and treatment are crucial to eliminate this type of cancer. Vaccination against HPV is also effective in preventing cervical cancer. 

4. Diabetes

Both sexes are susceptible to diabetes. However, diabetic women can suffer from serious complications. For one, women can experience gestational diabetes, where the glucose levels shoot up during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes can cause complications during pregnancy. It can also turn into a full-blown Type 2 diabetes in the mother and negatively affect the baby’s health.

You’ll need treatment to prevent gestational diabetes from getting worse. Also, always keep your blood sugar level in check. Lastly, try to maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy through a healthy diet and pregnant-safe exercises.

5. Painful Or Heavy Menstruation

Painful sensations and heavy bleeding during your monthly cycle may indicate gynecological conditions. You need to consult with your physician when you have abnormal periods. 

Uterine fibroids are the usual causes of painful and heavy menstruation. These are non-cancerous tumors that can grow in women who have reached childbearing age. While uterine fibroids are usually benign, some of them can grow big enough to trigger excessive bleeding and pain during menstruation. 

6. Osteoporosis

This condition is characterized by the weakening of the bones. Thus, people who have osteoporosis are prone to bone fractures. Unfortunately, this condition can’t be readily detected. X-rays may show bone fractures already present, but they can’t tell if a person will have osteoporosis. Doctors often recommend bone density scans to determine the levels of minerals that keep your bones healthy. 

Compared to men, women have a higher risk for this disease because of the hormonal changes that negatively impact bone density. The female hormone, estrogen, plays a vital role in keeping bones healthy. But the level of estrogen in the body dramatically falls as women reach menopausal age. Hence, postmenopausal women are more susceptible to osteoporosis. 

To mitigate the risks, you can increase your calcium intake and other minerals to strengthen your bones. Regular exercise, a healthy lifestyle, and losing extra weight can enhance your bone health. 

7. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Women have shorter urethra compared to men. As a result, infectious bacteria can easily reach the bladder and wreak havoc, making women prone to UTI. 

Patients suffering from UTI complain about frequent and painful urination as well as pelvic pain and cloudy urine. In many cases, the infection goes away without any treatment. That’s why it’s easy to overlook this condition.

Recurring infections require tests and consultation with your doctor. If left untreated, the condition could spread to the kidneys.

8. Alzheimer’s Disease

At first, scientists thought that Alzheimer’s was nothing more than a condition brought about by aging. Today, experts know that this disease is caused by changes in the brain cells that negatively affect memory and cognitive functions among patients. Alzheimer’s disease has a higher number of incidences among women than in men.

The factors that can increase your risk include menopause, hormonal replacement therapy, thyroid diseases, and hysterectomy. High blood pressure and cholesterol can also predict a person’s susceptibility to this condition. 

To avoid Alzheimer’s disease, you need to boost your brain’s health. Experts suggest living a healthy and active lifestyle to keep your brain functioning at optimum levels.


Certain health conditions are unique to women because of physiology or age. Women’s health conditions can make life miserable and costly if left unmanaged. 

As soon as you reach childbearing age all the way to your menopausal age, you’re susceptible to a host of diseases. Most of these conditions are not death sentences. In fact, many of them can be treated.

If you feel something is wrong with your body, the best thing to do is see a doctor. Remember, most women’s diseases can be prevented by early detection and treatment. Don’t wait for the symptoms to get worse. Like an ugly flower, you must nip the disease in the bud.

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Heart disease, cancer and diabetes were biggest killers of 2019, says WHO Seven noncommunicable diseases caused nearly half of deaths last year, with unhealthy lifestyles and environments partly to blame

Noncommunicable diseases such as cancer and diabetes are now the leading causes of death in the world, in a dramatic change from two decades ago.

They now make up seven of the Top 10 causes of death, an increase from four out of 10 in 2000, with heart disease the biggest killer – accounting for 16% of all deaths.

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11 common health conditions that may increase risk of death from the coronavirus, including diabetes and heart disease

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  • According to a report on patient characteristics from Italy's National Institute of Health released on March 17, 99% of COVID-19 patients who have died in the country had at least one preexisting condition. 
  • Nearly 50% of the patients who died had three preexisting conditions.
  • In the US, COVID-19 patients with underlying health conditions were 12 times more likely to die compared to those with none reported, according to CDC data through May 2020.
  • Here's what we know about how much various conditions affect the coronavirus' severity. 
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Case studies on patients who have contracted the new coronavirus have found that older people and those with preexisting health conditions more commonly develop severe symptoms.

According to a report on patient characteristics from Italy's National Institute of Health released on March 17, at the beginning of the pandemic, 99% of COVID-19 patients who died had at least one preexisting condition. 

Different preexisting conditions — including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney disease — were found at varying rates among the patients who died.

More recently, data reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through May 30 showed heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes were among the most common comorbidities with COVID-19. Patients with underlying health conditions were 12 times more likely to die of COVID-19 compared to otherwise healthy patients.

Here's what we know about how various health issues may affect a patient's coronavirus prognosis. 

In the Italian study, 76.1% of patients who died from COVID-19 had hypertension, or high blood pressure. Blood pressure check

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Nearly half of all Americans have some level of high blood pressure, meaning they may be more susceptible to some of the more dangerous effects of the coronavirus.

According to state data, 56.7% of patients who died of COVID-19 in New York also had high blood pressure. In Lousiana, that number was 59.8% as of April.

In a retrospective study of more than 2800 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, those with high blood pressure were twice as likely to die compared to patients with normal blood pressure.

One-third of COVID-19 patients who died in Italy had heart disease. Heart Disease A monitor showing a patient's heart function during a medical procedure.

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Any kind of cardiovascular condition can leave a patient more susceptible to severe disease from the virus.

While experts aren't confident about why people with poor cardiovascular health are at a higher risk of dying from the virus, doctors believe that the strain COVID-19 puts on the lungs may burden the heart as well. 

People with heart issues may also have weaker immune systems, and the virus could have a negative effect on those with plaque in their arteries, according to the American Heart Association.


About one-quarter of people who died from the coronavirus in Italy had atrial fibrillation. Heart monitor. Heart monitor.

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At least 2.7 million Americans are living with atrial fibrillation. It's "a quivering or irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related complications," according to AHA.

Diabetes was the second most common condition among COVID-19 patients who died. Rachel Gillett Humalog insulin diabetes

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Tom Hanks, who tested positive for COVID-19 along with his wife, Rita Wilson, has Type 2 diabetes. 

The condition may make COVID-19 worse because some viruses thrive on higher blood glucose levels, and people with diabetes also have compromised immune systems, according to

In New York, 37.5% of patients who died of COVID-19 also had diabetes. People with diabetes made up 38.1% of COVID-19 deaths in Lousiana as of April.

Of those who died in Italy, 20.3% had active cancer in the past five years. Petri dishes are pictured in an unknown location in a Cancer Research UK laboratory on an unknown date. Cancer Research UK/Handout via REUTERS  Petri dishes are pictured in an unknown location in a Cancer Research UK laboratory on an unknown date


Cancer and its treatments can impair the respiratory system and render a person immunocompromised.

The study found that 18% of people who died had chronic kidney disease. dialysis machine A nurse prepares a dialysis machine.

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The National Kidney Foundation recommends that patients with kidney disease follow the same advice as the general population: Stay home when possible, be diligent about handwashing and sanitizing surfaces, and make sure you have enough necessary medical supplies. 

Dialysis patients should not miss their treatments, and those who feel sick should alert a member of their healthcare team.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — or lung diseases such as chronic emphysema and bronchitis — was present in 13.2% of the people who died. CT scan coronavirus lungs A CT scan of the lungs of a patient with the coronavirus.

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People with lung diseases like emphysema or bronchitis have lungs that are weaker when trying to fight off the infection.

When COVID-19 travels through the body, it can attack the lungs. 

The infection causes inflammation in the lungs' lining and irritation in the nerves around them. The virus can also cause inflammation in the air sacs at the bottom of lungs. That can lead to pneumonia — when the lungs fill up with fluid.

Inflamed air sacs also prevent lungs from getting enough oxygen into the bloodstream and removing the byproduct carbon dioxide, The Guardian reported, citing John Wilson, a respiratory physician. Such inflammation can cause vital organ failure and be fatal.

People who previously had a stroke made up 9.6% of COVID-19 patients who died in Italy. stroke_thumb_4


According to the Stroke Association, a stroke itself doesn't put a survivor in immediate danger of the coronavirus. However, many of those who experience strokes fall into other at-risk categories. 

"You're at greater risk of complications if you are an older person, or have a health condition like diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease or chronic kidney disease," the Stroke Association wrote in a statement. "Having a suppressed immune system or being on some treatments like steroids and chemotherapy may also make you more at risk."

Chronic liver disease was the 10th most common underlying condition among COVID-19 patients who died. Liver transplant A piece of healthy liver before being transplanted.


It's unclear how exactly COVID-19 affects the liver, but even people with healthy organs may be at risk for liver injury from the virus, according to The Hospitalist

People with liver transplants who are on immunosuppressing medications may be at great risk but should talk to their doctors before changing or stopping any drug regimen, according to the UK's Liver Trust.

Studies have identified extreme obesity as a risk factor for dying among COVID-19 patients who are male or relatively young. Obesity heart failure

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An analysis of thousands of patients treated at a Southern California health system identified extreme obesity as an independent risk factor for dying among COVID-19 patients. The association was strongest among adults 60 and younger, and particularly among men.

Studies from Columbia University and supported this finding, underscoring that obese people are more likely to require ventilation or die if they contract COVID-19.

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Coronavirus pandemic halts life-saving UK cancer and heart disease research Thousands of clinical trials have closed permanently or been suspended – and may never have the cash to restart

More than 1,500 clinical trials of new drugs and treatments for cancers, heart disease and other serious illnesses have been permanently closed down in Britain in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, a further 9,000 have been suspended and most will need major cash injections if they are to be reactivated.

The figures highlight the catastrophic effect that Covid-19 has had on UK medical research, which has suffered a devastating blow to development of new life-saving treatments. Improvements in disease-survival rates are likely to slow, or stop, while the country’s next generation of researchers will have far fewer opportunities to train and develop fresh clinical expertise.

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Some Chimpanzees Have a Bone in Their Heart—and Some Humans Might, Too

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Viral Infection and Preexisting Conditions – What You Should Know?​ Did you know that certain health conditions can cause you to be immuno comprimised, meaning your immune system is less capable of fighting a virus, like COVID- 19?

So if you’re diagnosed with the following conditions, then you should see your doctor for further help and advise.


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Study: Drinking 1 Or More Sugary Drinks A Day Could Put You At Risk For Cardiovascular Disease (CNN) — Even one serving daily of a sugary soft drink is associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease.

That’s according to a new study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

In the study, researchers cataloged answers from about 106,000 women who filled out a food questionnaire. The survey included questions about how often they drank sweetened beverages, including sodas, sports drinks and sweetened bottled waters.

The participants, whose average age was 52, hadn’t been diagnosed with heart disease, stroke or diabetes when they entered the study. Based on follow-ups over two decades, however, many began to show signs of those conditions.

The researchers concluded that drinking one or more sugary beverages each day was associated with a nearly 20% greater likelihood of having a cardiovascular disease, when compared with women who either didn’t drink or rarely drank sugary beverages.

Some drinks are worse than others

Those who consumed fruit drinks with sugar added on a daily basis had a 42% greater likelihood of experiencing cardiovascular disease compared with those who didn’t drink sugary beverages at all. (The study’s definition of “fruit drink” excluded fruit juices and only included flavored fruity drinks in which sugar was added.)

Frequent soda drinkers had less risk, clocking in at a 23% greater likelihood for cardiovascular disease overall.

The American Heart Association recommends that women try to limit their added sugar intake to no more than 100 calories daily, or 25 grams. Men shouldn’t have more than 150 calories, or 38 grams.

Sugar can narrow the arteries

“We hypothesize that sugar may increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases in several ways,” said lead author Cheryl Anderson, a professor of family and public health at University of California San Diego.

“It raises glucose levels and insulin concentrations in the blood, which may increase appetite and lead to obesity, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.”

She noted that excessive sugar is associated with inflammation, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

These conditions are linked to the development of atherosclerosis, which is the narrowing of arteries that forms the basis for most cardiovascular disease.

For the purposes of this study, researchers defined cardiovascular disease as the first instance of a heart attack, undergoing a revascularization procedure (such as a coronary artery bypass) or having a fatal or nonfatal stroke.

The women in this study were pulled from the California Teachers Study. That project kicked off in 1995 when 133,478 women, who were either active or former teachers, filled out a questionnaire as part of a study about links between smoking and breast cancer.

Since then, the large longitudinal cohort study has followed the same women who first entered 25 years ago, gleaning insights into a range of associations between risk factors and health outcomes. The study has resulted in more than 200 academic publications over the past 25 years.

In this study related to cardiovascular disease, researchers extracted survey data from all the women in the California Teachers Study cohort. They tracked the women until those participants had experienced a cardiovascular event, died, moved out of California or quit following up with questionnaire mailings.

One key strength of this study is that the “period of observation is longer — 20 years,” said Dr. Bob Eckel, a past president of the American Heart Association and a professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Colorado.

He also praised it for the level of detailed information generated about how much each type of beverage may contribute to risk as people go through life.

One limitation of the study is that it is observational, and therefore can’t establish a direct cause and effect relationship between sugary drinks and cardiovascular disease.

Water is the best drink

To avoid sugary drinks, the AHA says that people should read nutrition labels and look out for additives such as sucrose, maltose and syrups, and keep an eye on whether the serving size listed isn’t the full bottle, so you don’t accidentally drink two or three times the amount listed.

The AHA recommends water as the best thing to sip on throughout the day, and if you’re looking to take in something sweeter, making a fruit smoothie is a healthier way to add more taste without gulping down certain negative health consequences at the same time.

Follow a heart-healthy dietary pattern such as Mediterranean or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension “with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, lean poultry and fish, legumes and fiber,” Eckel said.

Sugar-sweetened beverages “have a small place in these dietary patterns.”

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Higher step counts could lower risk of early death, study finds Monitoring of adults aged 40 or over shows any activity is good and doing more is better

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While the figure of 10,000 steps a day is a popular goal, researchers have long criticised the fact it has its roots in a Japanese marketing campaign, rather than scientific research.

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How AI Can Predict Heart Attacks and Strokes

Artificial intelligence is making its way into health care, and one of its first stops is making sense of all of those scans that doctors order. Already, studies have shown that AI-based tools can, in some cases, pick out abnormal growths that could be cancerous tumors better than doctors can, mainly because digesting and synthesizing huge volumes of information is what AI does best.

In a study published Feb. 14 in Circulation, researchers in the U.K. and the U.S. report that an AI program can reliably predict heart attacks and strokes. Kristopher Knott, a research fellow at the British Heart Foundation, and his team conducted the largest study yet involving cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) and AI. CMR is a scan that measures blood flow to the heart by detecting how much of a special contrast agent heart muscle picks up; the stronger the blood flow, the less likely there will be blockages in the heart vessels. Reading the scans, however, is time consuming and laborious; and it’s also more qualitative than quantitative, says Knott, subject to the vagaries of the human eyes and brain.

To try to develop a more qualitative tool, Knott and his colleagues trained an AI model to read scans and learn to detect signs of compromised blood flow. When they tested the technology on the scans of more than 1,000 people who needed CMR because they either at risk of developing heart disease or had already been diagnosed, they found the AI model worked pretty well at selecting out which people were more likely to go on to have a heart attack or stroke, or die from one. The study compared the AI-based analyses to health outcomes from the patients, who were followed for about 20 months on average. The researchers discovered that for every 1 ml/g/min decrease in blood flow to the heart, the risk of dying from a heart event nearly doubled, and the risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other event more than doubled.

“Rather than a qualitative view of blood flow to the heart muscle, we get a quantitative number,” he says. “And from that number, we’ve shown that we can predict which people are at higher risk of adverse events.”

The study confirmed that CMR is a strong marker for risk of heart problems, but did not prove that the scans could actually be used to guide doctors’ decisions about which people are at higher risk. For that, more studies need to be done that document whether treating poor blood flow—with available medication or procedures—in people with decreased flow as predicted by the AI model, can reduce or eliminate heart attacks and strokes.

The goal is to include an AI-based analysis of blood flow as part of the tests that doctors use in the emergency room to diagnose and triage heart patients. The information could help to move the highest risk people to treatments sooner, and potentially save their lives.

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Scientists Calculated How Much Longer You Can Live With a Healthy Lifestyle

Study after study reminds us that as challenging as it can be, sticking with healthy habits—eating right, exercising regularly, not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and controlling how much alcohol you drink—can help us to live longer. But tacking on extra years isn’t so appealing if some or most of them are riddled with heart disease, diabetes or cancer.

In a 2018 study, an international group of researchers led by scientists at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that adopting five healthy habits could extend life expectancy by 14 years for women and by 12 years for men:

  • eating a diet high in plants and low in fats
  • exercising at a moderate to vigorous level for several hours a week
  • maintaining a healthy body weight
  • not smoking
  • consuming no more than one alcoholic drink a day for women and two for men

To follow up on that data, the researchers wanted to know how many of those added years were healthy ones, free of three common chronic diseases: heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. And in a study published Jan. 8 in BMJ, they report that a healthy lifestyle can indeed contribute to more—and more disease-free—years of life. The results suggest that women can extend their disease-free life expectancy after age 50 by about 10 years, and men can add about eight years more, than people who don’t have these habits.

“It’s important to look at disease-free life expectancy because that has important implications in terms of improving quality of life and reducing overall health care costs,” says Dr. Frank Hu, chair of the department of nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and senior author of the paper. “Extending lifespan is not sufficient, we want to extend health span, so the longer life expectancy is healthy and free of major chronic diseases and disabilities associated with those diseases.”

To figure out those patterns, the researchers analyzed data collected from more than 111,000 U.S. women and men who were between the ages of 30 and 75 when they enrolled in the Nurses Health Study or the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study beginning in 1980 and 1986, respectively. The participants answered questionnaires about their lifestyle habits and their health every two years through to 2014. Based on their answers, each participant was given a “lifestyle” score from 0-5, with higher scores representing better adherence to healthy guidelines. The researchers then attempted to correlate these scores to how long the participants lived without heart disease, cancer or diabetes.

Women who reported satisfying four or five of the healthy habits lived on average 34 more years without those diseases after age 50 compared to 24 years for women who said they did not follow any of the healthy habits. Men who reported fulfilling four or five of the lifestyle habits lived on average 31 more years free of disease after age 50 while those who adopted none of them lived on average 23 more years after age 50.

Hu says that none of the five factors stood out as more important than the others; the benefits in saving people from disease and in extending life were similar across all five. Further, the evidence suggests that the contributions of each factor are additive—the number of years of disease-free life gained increased with each additional healthy habit people followed. “People shouldn’t be discouraged from adopting them if they find one or two factors difficult to follow,” says Hu.

And because all of the participants in the study were over age 30, the findings also suggest that “it’s never too late to change,” Hu says. “It’s always better to adopt healthy lifestyle habits as early as possible, but even adopting them relatively late in life is still going to have substantial health benefits later on.”

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