Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

COVID-19 can kill heart muscle cells, interfere with contraction

Since early in the pandemic, COVID-19 has been associated with heart problems, including reduced ability to pump blood and abnormal heart rhythms. But it's been an open question whether these problems are caused by the virus ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

What is COVID doing to our hearts?

Cardiologist Nisha Parikh, M.D., MPH, discusses what we know so far about COVID-19's impact on the body's cardiovascular system, from affecting the heart's rhythm to impairing its ability to pump blood throughout the body.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Vaginismus: The common condition leading to painful sex

The social and cultural messages we receive around sex give the impression everyone's "doing it" and it's always fun and enjoyable. But for many people, having sexual intercourse is extremely painful or impossible. One of ...

Health

Why you get shorter as you age

While you may be aware that a loss of vision, hearing and memory is a sign of aging, something that is perhaps not so noticeable is a reduction in height. This apparent shrinking is due to several factors relating to changes ...

Genetics

Expert heart advice for rare genetic muscle disorder

A rare, inherited muscle disorder that occurs in about 1 in 8,000 people, myotonic dystrophy also can affect the heart and other organs. A new set of expert recommendations offers guidance for managing the progressive condition.

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