Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The New Wrinkle Killer: Dysport

By Joyce Pendelthumb

Clostridium botulinum has been around for a while, and it was used for serious ailments like muscle spasms, improper neck alignment, and cerebral palsy. But just this past April the Food and Drug Administration approved it for the treatment of facial wrinkles and excessive sweating. The new product will be marketed under the name Dysport. Many eagerly awaited Dysport's approval, and now they expect amazing results.

This exciting new drug is used in much the same way as a better-known drug called Botox. Just like with Botox, doctors inject Dysport into the muscles near wrinkles and frown lines. Dysport causes the muscles to relax, and the wrinkles vanish. This sounds very similar to the way Botox works, and it is. However there are some differences including reduced price and a lesser likelihood of allergic reaction.

Actors and models aren't the only people who will benefit from Dysport's arrival. Because it is supposed to be cheaper than earlier forms of wrinkle treatments, patients won't necessarily have to be rich and famous to afford treatment. Dysport might have appeal to a much larger crowd.

The amount used in each individual Dysport injection is minuscule, and patients say they can hardly feel it. Better yet, doctors have found that a single Dysport shot covers a bigger area than a single shot of Botox. Fewer injections translate into less money and less pain.

It takes a few days for the Dysport to take effect, but eventually the wrinkles fade. This is because the muscles that received the injections are no longer able to contract. However the nearby muscles function as normal. This means that the muscles that cause the unwanted wrinkles next to and under the eyes no longer contract, but the muscles that control the eyelids and eyebrows continue to operate as always.

A licensed physician is necessary for the administration of Dysport treatments because it involves injections. But it shouldn't be hard at all to find an experienced doctor because hundreds have been performing similar treatments with Botox for years. Many of these doctors have been waiting in anticipation for the arrival of Dysport since it was first revealed that Dysport can be used with smaller amounts per shot.

Those receiving Dysport for facial wrinkles have reported a few side effects. Like other similar treatments the body can have an allergic reaction to the bacterial substance. While these have been rare, they are something all patients should consider.

Dysport may have benefits to doctors and patients beyond merely being a new option for the treatment of facial wrinkles. The doctors that waited in anticipation for the arrival of Dysport think that its reduced price might increase the public's interest in seeking treatment for wrinkles.

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