A newly discovered strain of coronavirus, originating from Wuhan, China, has been making headlines around the world. As of January 24, 2019, it has caused panic and an unprecedented lockdown of 30 million people in China. But just what is a coronavirus? What makes this one so special? What do we need to do in Canada and the USA to prepare for an outbreak?
Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib) affects 2.3 million adults in USA and is one of the most common arrhythmias. A Fib is an abnormal, rapid, heart rate that can present as palpitations, weakness and shortness of breath. A Fib increases your risk stroke as it may cause an atrial thrombus to form. In addition, A Fib can decrease your cardiac output which can cause heart failure. The goal of treating A Fib is to control your heart rate, either with drugs or with cardioconversion, and prevent thromboembolism via anticoagulation drugs.
Migraine headaches are a common disorder with multiple triggers. There are certain red flag symptoms that require additional lab tests but most patients can be diagnosed based on symptoms alone. Migraine headaches can’t be cured but it can be controlled with proper management.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that affects more women than men. Although it can occur at any age, the most common age of onset is between 30-50 years old. Traditionally, it’s been feared as the most disabling type of arthritis as it can decrease life expectancy by 3-7 years. However, although it is still a serious disease, there are many new medication available and the patient prognosis has greatly improved.