In addition to providing holiday cheer, alcohol also affects the vascular system by dilating the blood vessels, leading to dizziness. Drinking in moderation helps keep you and your heart healthy.
You’re out with friends enjoying a few holiday cocktails when you suddenly feel lightheaded and need to sit down. You might not realize it, but you’re experiencing the effects of alcohol on your vascular system.
In addition to being a depressant, alcohol dilates the blood vessels. So, when you’re standing at a party or social setting, blood often pools in the vessels in your feet instead of being pumped back to the heart.
The result can be feelings of lightheadedness, nausea and over-heating (known as pre-syncope), which are exacerbated by alcohol. To prevent these symptoms and enjoy heart-healthy holiday drinking, minimize alcohol intake and move around to encourage blood flow to the heart, thus reducing the chances of passing out entirely.
When it comes to cancer prevention, one of the most important lifestyle habits is to maintain a healthy weight, but during the holidays this can be a challenge. All the holiday gatherings with decadent meals and desserts can challenge even the most regimented healthy eater. Adding to that the hustle and bustle of shopping, decorating and holiday events leave little time for regular physical activity or preparation of healthy meals when you are home. But you can indulge without the holiday weight gain, as long as you follow some simple suggestions: Continue reading →
On most Thursday nights, the larger-than-life men and women of Michigan Athletics stop by to share jokes, smiles, friendship and a little cheer with children at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
We know our “Little Victors” look up to these students, and that’s why we’re pleased to present the Maize & Blue Student Athlete of the Week. Each week, we’ll be shining a spotlight on one athlete to give our Little Victors and their families a closer look at some of the Conquering Heroes who dominate on the field, in the arena and in our hearts.
Congratulations to this week’s featured student athlete: Chris Heald Red Shirt Junior, Wrestling, Weight Class 197
It started with a simple patient question asked years ago: “Could someone use my pacemaker after I die?” The question was met with exploration and now a mission to provide recycled pacemakers to patients across the globe.
U-M team implants new pacemakers during medical mission to Ghana.
Small, reliable and easily held in the palm of a hand, the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center’s Project My Heart Your Heart hopes to bring recycled pacemakers within reach of those in developing countries as a novel way of treating heart disease.
“This type of activity already goes on on a small scale,” says Dr.Thomas Crawford, a cardiologist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Michigan.
“Doctors will literally reprocess pacemakers themselves and then take them in a suitcase and go on medical missions for a week or two to re-implant devices. The difference in our program is that we want to develop a standardized protocol that can be followed by any other charity that wants to do this,” he explained. Continue reading →
Clark Charnetski looks back on his cancer, part of our Happy 25th anniversary series at the Cancer Center.
Name: Clark Charnetski
Birthdate: Jan. 17, 1942
Diagnosis: Bladder Cancer
U-M Doctor: James Montie, M.D.
Age at diagnosis: 54
In the spring of 1996, Clark Charnetski had a backache. Initially suspecting a urinary problem, an X-ray with dyes found a tumor. Within a few hours, he had an appointment with James Montie, M.D., who diagnosed bladder cancer. That summer, Charnetski underwent chemotherapy and radiation to shrink the tumor before surgery.
“Chemo at the time was very difficult,” he says. “I was really sick, especially Continue reading →
Your phone blinks constantly with news alerts. Your electronic tablet is full of news apps. The Internet provides thousands of websites within a second of your search. Facebook and other social media sites suggest many references you might be interested in. Your mother just saw a commercial on daytime television, and your friend is full of stories of things that definitely happened to her friends.
Today we are bombarded with information from many sources, and trying to know where to start and what to believe can be a bewildering process. The amount of direct-to-patient marketing has never been higher. While this is true of all topics in medicine, recently the controversy concerning vaginal mesh has taken center stage. FDA alerts and new research studies, along with many patient complications, have fueled a litany of legal advertisements on television, radio and the Internet.