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10 Things To Know About Weight Loss Surgery

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Having weight loss surgery is a big decision, and one that will affect you for the rest of your life.
 
If you think you’re a candidate for weight loss surgery, read on for 10 questions that Arnold Salzberg, M.D., a bariatric surgeon at the Carilion Clinic Weight Loss Center, often hears from people who are considering weight loss surgery.

His answers may help you with your decision!

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Understanding IBS

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Everyone experiences upsetting gut symptoms from time to time: bloating, cramping, stomach pain and diarrhea.

For many people, they seem to be precipitated—or aggravated—by certain foods or beverages.

Worst of all, the symptoms can strike without warning, even just before an important meeting or event.

Taken together, this combination of symptoms could indicate irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a chronic condition of the large intestine that affects up to 20 percent of people in the United States.

Common symptoms of IBS include:

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Everyday Worries vs. Anxiety

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Everyone worries about things sometimes—maybe you’re thinking a lot about that big project at work, the health of a family member or your child’s performance at school.
 
Concern about things that are happening in your life is normal, sometimes even necessary. But according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, when worry becomes extreme, persistent or uncontrollable and interferes with your daily activities, you may have an anxiety disorder.
 

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When Is a Headache Serious?

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A headache is pain or discomfort in the head, scalp or neck. Headaches can be minor annoyances or cause debilitating pain, and in rare cases they can indicate the onset of a dangerous condition such as stroke or aneurysm.
 
Serious causes of headaches are rare, however. Most headaches respond to lifestyle changes, learning ways to relax and occasional over-the-counter medicines.
 
What do your headache symptoms indicate and when should you seek medical care?

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Living with Heart Failure

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Life is for living, and we all want to make the most of our lives at every age and every stage.

This is true whether you have glowing health or are managing a chronic condition like heart failure.

But if you are one of the nearly six million adults who live with heart failure in the U.S., how can you overcome the fatigue and other challenges that accompany your diagnosis?

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