Doc­tors must rule out heart prob­lem by mon­i­tor­ing heart

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - OPINION - Keith Roach

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

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