Another week, and it’s time for your weekly health news.
This week we feature articles on sigmoid colon pain, partial bowel obstruction, the difference between angina and heart attack, and yoga poses for a healthy liver.
Extracts from the articles are as follows:
Sigmoid colon pain can be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs medical attention, so it should not be ignored. Here we look at what the sigmoid colon is and what causes pain in this part of the body.
The sigmoid colon, or as some experts call it, the pelvic colon, is a section of the large intestine that connects the descending colon to the rectum. It helps to flow waste from the colon to the rectum. Sigmoid gets its name from the Greek word “sigma” and the fact that it is curved like the letter “S.” It is about 35 to 40 centimeters long and forms a loop. The size can change depending on how much waste it holds—the numbers above represent the sigmoid colon when it is contracted. Continue reading…
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Soleus muscle pain is common and can be a real nuisance due to that fact that the muscle’s main function is to stabilize the ankle joint and help push the foot off the ground.
The soleus muscle is one of three muscles located in the calf. It’s located at the back of the leg, beginning below the knee and ending at the heel. The soleus muscle is what helps form the Achilles tendon. Aside from being an important muscle for walking and running, the soleus helps circulate blood by returning it to the heart.
Soleus muscle strain or injury can make it very difficult to perform daily tasks and recreational activities. Someone who suffers from soleus muscle pain will likely have trouble going up and down the stairs, running, dancing, or walking briskly. This type of calf muscle pain can also lead to a sense of imbalance. Continue reading…
Partial bowel obstruction happens when your intestines are partially blocked. When partial bowel obstruction progresses to a complete bowel obstruction, it could be life-threatening.
When a person’s digestive system comes to a stop and they can’t have a bowel movement or pass gas, this could be a sign of a bowel obstruction. Fecal impaction, which is when a large, hard mass of stool gets stuck in your digestive tract and won’t push out, is a common type of obstruction. The bowel can be blocked by something other than a hard stool though.
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There are some pre-existing health conditions that can make a person more prone to partial bowel obstruction. If you can identify the symptoms of a partial blockage early, you have a chance of preventing it from becoming a complete blockage. Continue reading…
How can you tell the difference between angina vs. a heart attack? The two conditions are very closely related and have dangerously similar symptoms that can make them difficult to tell apart.
Despite sometimes being considered a chronic condition, angina can be manageable through various means as long as it’s detected and treated early on. Medical professionals view angina as a potential precursor or warning sign of an impending heart attack or severe heart condition. Typically characterized by sensations of pain or pressure felt in the chest area, particularly the heart, angina develops when there’s a blockage in the arteries that causes them to tighten, preventing them from supplying sufficient amounts of blood and oxygen to the heart.
While angina isn’t believed to be a symptom of a heart attack, it’s certainly a warning sign that you may be on the fast track to suffering one. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about deciphering the difference between angina and a heart attack and how to treat both conditions. Continue reading…
Reprinted with permission from Bel Marra Health.