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Long QT Syndrome
What Is Long QT Syndrome? Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a disorder of the heart's electrical activity that may cause you to develop a sudden, uncontrollable, and dangerous heart rhythm (called an arrhythmia) in response to exercise or stress. Such abnormal heart rhythms also can develop for no known reason in people who have LQTS. Not everyone who has LQTS develops a dangerous heart rhythm, but if one does occur, it may be...

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Pertussis Disease
Why do we vaccinate against pertussis (also called "whooping cough")?Pertussis is a bacterial respiratory illness characterized by severe spasms of coughing that can last for several weeks or even for months. Pertussis is usually spread from person-to-person through close contact with respiratory droplets released when a person coughs or sneezes. Before the introduction of vaccination in the 1940s, pertussis was a major cause of serious illness and death among infants and young...

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High Blood Cholesterol (Hyperlipidemia)
High Blood Cholesterol Cholesterol is a fat-soluble  substance produced by the liver and  found in various foods, such as eggs, cheese, milk, bacon, lard and fatty meats.  Since fats do not dissolve in water,  cholesterol must be coated by special proteins called lipoproteins,  allowing  it to circulate in  the blood. When  cholesterol is measured  in the blood, three major fractions are found: 1) theTotal Cholesterol (TC) measures ...

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