It is sometimes difficult to imagine that we can go through our lifetimes without experiencing the pain of a broken heart. Perhaps it is a part of living our lives and forming relationships with others. Being that Valentine’s Day is upon us, patients often ask whether it is possible for someone to die from a broken heart. Unfortunately, the answer can be yes. Even in the medical world, there is a syndrome that is called the “broken heart syndrome” or “stress cardiomyopathy”. This is when the heart suffers a sudden or abrupt heart failure that comes from, believe it or not, an emotional trauma...
Dear Dr. Christina, I am so distraught. I took my wife Amy, who is only 40 years old, to the hospital over the weekend when she was complaining of extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, indigestion, and nervousness. The doctor told my wife she had a virus and that she probably ate something that did not agree with her. He gave her what he called a “GI cocktail” to help with her indigestion and told her that it would help settle her upset stomach. He told her to drink plenty of fluids, get some rest, and gave her a shot to help calm her nerves. He sent her home with instructions to be seen by her private doctor on Monday. -- Two hours later, she threw up and fainted. I called 911 and she died in the ambulance on the way back to the hospital. I was told she had a massive heart attack. -- What happened? I thought she only had indigestion, felt tired, and was only having a panic attack. That is what the doctor said and I believed him. Now she is dead. -- I feel so betrayed, lost, and guilty. Could I have done something different? ~ Bill
How businesses and corporations can become more profitable and productive is not really that complex. Oftentimes it is the little things that we have the tendency to overlook that can enable you to treat not only your customers with respect, but also your employees. It is important for you and your employees to serve your customers—and as an employer it is just as important for you to make the working environment more pleasant to serve your employees. Some ways to do this include fostering the feelings of your employees when it comes having a voice, asking them for an opinion, and making them feel that they are actually listened to and heard. This in itself can make a difference.
Dear Dr. Christina, I am 40 years old and I have found myself in the position of having to become the breadwinner of my family, meaning me and my 2 beautiful children ages 7 and 10. My husband was killed in a motorcycle accident this past year. You see, we were childhood sweethearts and lived together for the past 10 years. My husband did not want me to work so I was a stay-at-home mom who never finished high school. Now I find myself having to find a job, but no one will hire me because I have no experience and I do not have a high school diploma. I am getting some assistance for health insurance, food stamps and social security, but I do not want to use those as excuses to supplement our needs—for they are just not enough. My only opportunity for getting a job so far has been working at a fast food restaurants. I feel I am too old for school, but I thought maybe I could start my own business. I have always dreamed of having my own business. I am at a loss as to how to take care of my family, and I would like some advice as to what I can do. El
This is the time of year when it is imperative to help women become more proactive to decrease the occurrence of cervical cancer and to increase public awareness and understanding of the approaches to screening for early detection. Each year more than 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and approximately 4,000 women die as a result of it. Half of the women who have been diagnosed with cervical cancer are between the ages of 35-55 and 20% are women older than 65 years of age. Cervical cancer is the second leading cancer in women worldwide. Cervical cancer rates are higher in older women while precancerous cells rates are found in greater and greater numbers in younger women.
Dear Dr. Christina, I am 50 years old and I had a hysterectomy ten years ago. I was told by my doctor that I did not need to have any more pelvic exams or pap smears. I just moved to another state and went to a new OB/GYN doctor who told me that I need a pelvic exam yearly and a pap smear, according to my particular risk factors. When I received a phone call from the doctor, I was told the result of my pap smear was abnormal and that I had precancerous cells. How can that be? I am confused as to why I was told by one doctor I didn’t need to be checked after my hysterectomy and then my new doctor says a pelvic exam should be done yearly, whether or not I have a uterus and/ or cervix. I did not know a woman is at risk of not only cervical cancer but of vaginal and or vulvar cancer. Why are we not told this to begin with? Molly
As we approach a New Year, we tend to make resolutions such as weight loss or we promise ourselves to either join a gym or begin a new exercise program. Instead of making these types of resolutions, I thought we could bring in the New Year with the thoughts of gratitude of what we have and what we cherished in 2013. Life can become very hectic at times, and it is easy to lose sight of what is truly important to us. Life can be a roller coaster ride such that we can lose our focus of things and people we are grateful to have in our lives. --> Read some easy ways to cultivate it in your life and why you should.
Did you know that our elderly have the highest suicide rate in our nation and that those who attempt it oftentimes succeed? In fact, it is the fourth leading cause of death in the elderly (age 65 and older). Many times we assume that depression and hopelessness are a part of getting old, but that is not the case. There are many elderly people who enjoy their golden years with family and friends, while others find living their lives to be an overwhelming experience littered with loneliness and isolation, especially after the death of a spouse, health issues, financial loss, or, for that matter, having to cope with a chronic illness. Life to them seems almost unbearable so they contemplate suicide. -- Who are at risk?
Suicide is when a person ends up taking his or her own life as a reaction to a stressful life event. There are numerous reasons why someone would want to kill him or herself. At that moment, the person is not thinking rationally. It’s like they have tunnel vision or blinders on so they do not see the entire picture of a particular situation. They do not see their own true potential, nor do they have any feelings of hope for their future. -- Learn common signs and what you can say and do.
The holiday season can have so many meanings. For some, it means parties, shopping, cooking and entertaining. To others, it can mean being away from families due to having no money to travel home or being reminded that you have no family. Some may not have the money this year to buy gifts – all of which can lead to the Holiday Blahs. Here's several tips to overcome this common phenomena.