Doctors must rule out heart problem by monitoring heart
weeks. A Zio device is a small adhesive patch that captures data from a single EKG lead for up to two weeks. Finally, an implantable (into the chest, under local anesthetic) loop recorder can get data for months to even years.
Based on the way you are describing the symptoms, I suspect this will turn out to be nothing to worry about. However, only capturing the event allows your doctor to evaluate your heart with the highest level of confidence.
DEAR DR. ROACH: I nearly died from a urinary tract infection; I was in the hospital for eight days. I was told to drink 3 ounces of cranberry juice in the morning and take a cranberry extract capsule every night. Since then, I have had no more UTIs. I pray this will help others. -- L.A.
ANSWER: I am always glad when people write in with their stories, because it gives me an opportunity to discuss the science behind them.
Cranberries contain substances (proanthocyanidins) that prevent bacteria from sticking to the lining of the bladder, so there is a plausible reason why they might prevent UTIs. However, the studies to support this hypothesis have had mixed results.
Previous studies showed as much as a 38 percent risk reduction in UTI, and 47 percent reduction in recurrent UTIs; however, the most recent review of all studies did not show a benefit in taking either cranberry capsules or cranberry juice in preventing infection.
I don’t think the science is settled, however. Larger and more robust studies still may prove a benefit in UTI prevention. Until then, there is little downside to drinking cranberry juice (I recommend getting 100 percent cranberry juice and diluting it with plain or soda water to avoid excess sugar).
DEAR ABBY: My husband, daughter and I all have birthdays in the same month. My mother-in-law always sends gifts for me and my daughter, but never to my husband, her son. He tries to shrug it off, but I know it bothers him.
In earlier years, I thought it was an oversight. I have tried gentle reminders and hints, but again this year there was no gift for her son. It would be different if she sent one only to our daughter, but sending one to me and not to her son is a slap in the face. They have a fairly good relationship, and my husband is kind and generous to his parents.
I haven’t opened the gift she sent me this year, and I do not intend to. Should I return it to her with a note explaining why, or donate it and forget about it until it happens next year? -- PERPLEXED IN THE NORTHWEST
DEAR PERPLEXED: Your motherin-law’s behavior strikes me as passive aggressive. That it makes you uncomfortable is understandable. Perhaps you and your husband should ask her directly why she does this and let her explain. Then, after you have heard her out, you can tell her that what she’s doing makes you uncomfortable, and you would prefer she not send you any more birthday gifts if she intends to ignore her son.
DEAR ABBY: I hate the fact that since I have started high school, I’m restricted by the rules that guys and girls can’t be friends unless they’re dating. It has been worse since I got into my relationship of 2 1/2 years. I’ll be 19 soon, and I