| Posted On Jan 06, 2015 | By:

Cardiac Arrhythmia: Premature Heartbeats

A cardiac arrhythmia happens when your heart is beating (or contracting) in an irregular pattern. At one time or another, you’ve probably learned to place your fingers gently against your carotid artery in your neck to feel your pulse or heart beating. Usually, you can feel a steady pattern of beats as you count. But if you have an arrhythmia, the pulse or rhythm of your heart may be unpredictable or too fast or too slow.

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| Posted On Jul 19, 2011 | By:

Answers to some Common Questions about Health Screening Tests

I’m healthy and scheduled a checkup.  What “routine” blood tests do I need?

Surprisingly, few blood tests are recommended on a “routine” or screening basis.  Everyone should have their cholesterol levels (a “lipid profile”) checked at least every five years, even if it’s normal.  Your doctor or nurse will request that you do this fasting, meaning nothing to eat or drink for about 8-12 hours beforehand  (water, black coffee,

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