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  • Parkinson's Disease and Speech Problems

    Parkinson's disease can affect the muscles of the lips, tongue, throat, voice box (larynx), and lungs, all of which are involved in producing speech. Stiff, slow muscles in these areas may lead to: Low voice volume or soft speech. Imprecise speech sounds. Speaking too fast or too slow. Monotonous voice.

  • Parkinson's Disease: Eating and Drooling Problems

    Eating problems Parkinson's disease can affect many of the muscles used for chewing and swallowing. This can make it hard for you to eat. Here are some things you can do to help reduce eating problems. Sit upright when eating, drinking, and taking pills. Take small bites of food. Chew...

  • Gastrin Test

    A gastrin test measures the level of the hormone gastrin in the blood. Gastrin is produced by cells, called G cells, in the stomach lining. When food enters the stomach, G cells trigger the release of gastrin in the blood. As blood levels of gastrin rise, the stomach releases acid...

  • Blood Glucose Test

    Discusses blood glucose tests used to diagnose diabetes and prediabetes. Covers types of tests, including fasting blood sugar, 2-hour postprandial blood sugar, random blood sugar, and oral glucose tolerance. Discusses how to prepare and what results mean.

  • Angina

    What is angina? Angina is a symptom that happens when your heart muscle does not get enough blood and oxygen. For most people, it feels like chest pain or pressure. Some other symptoms include shortness of breath and pain or pressure in the back, neck, jaw, or upper belly or...

  • Weight and Coronary Artery Disease

    There is a strong link between being overweight and the risk for coronary artery disease. Being overweight increases your chances of having risk factors for the disease. These include high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Losing weight and staying at a healthy weight can help lower your risk for...

  • A1c Test

    Covers blood test that checks the amount of sugar (glucose) bound to hemoglobin. Explains that test is done to check how well you are managing your diabetes. Covers how it is done and discusses results.

  • Heart-Healthy Eating: Fish and Fish Oil

    Fish is a lean protein source that contains omega-3 fatty acids. This type of fat can be part of a heart-healthy diet. Fish oil supplements are another way to get omega-3 fatty acids. Research has not proved that fish oil is helpful for everyone. That's why doctors do not agree...

  • Coronary Artery Disease and Alcohol

    Many experts say that light to moderate drinking can be part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. But there isn't enough evidence to tell us if drinking alcohol actually helps your heart. If you drink alcohol, limit how much you drink. But if you do not drink alcohol, do not start drinking...

  • Using Nitroglycerin for Angina

    Discusses using nitroglycerin to treat angina. Covers how to take quick-acting nitroglycerin. Provides info on side effects and interactions with other drugs. Covers how to store nitroglycerin. Includes info on when to call for emergency help.

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