How to Prevent Age-Related Loss of Muscle Mass (Sarcopenia)

Loss of muscle mass, also called sarcopenia, is often considered a normal part of aging. Just like bone density decreases with age, loss of muscle mass and strength also occurs. Loss of skeletal muscle mass may start as early as in our thirties and appears to continue for the rest of our lives. Evidence suggests … Read more

Heart Palpitations – Irregular Heartbeat Explained

Palpitations

Have you ever experienced or sensed your heartbeat? Although such a sensation is usually completely normal, it may be unpleasant. For instance, people often describe hard beats, fast beats, irregular beats, skipped beats, fluttering, “flip-flopping” or a pounding sensation in the chest or neck. The term palpitations is used to describe an unpleasant awareness of the … Read more

17 Important Causes of Chest Pain

Chest pain

Chest pain is a common symptom associated with a variety of underlying causes. More than six million people visit hospital emergency departments in the United States each year because of chest pain (1). The cause of chest pain may vary from life-threatening conditions to those that are relatively harmless. Chest pain is most commonly caused by … Read more

Non-HDL Cholesterol (non-HDL-C)

Non-HDL cholesterol (non-HDL-C) is a fraction that can be easily calculated from a traditional lipid panel. The value is strongly associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Over the years, LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) has been most commonly used to predict risk (1). However, current evidence suggests that non-HDL cholesterol may be a better tool … Read more