HealthLeader

An Online Wellness Magazine produced by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Health Topics - Aging

Clearer Future: Minimally invasive options are slowing the progression of glaucoma

Judith Smith, now 71, was at a routine appointment several years ago with her longtime ophthalmologist when the doctor made a comment that her right eye looked a little suspicious for glaucoma, an incurable disease that occurs when the optic nerve is damaged by pressure building inside the eye. Smith didn’t think she needed to worry about it since her doctor had just mentioned it in passing, so she put it out of her mind. A year later, when Smith returned for her checkup, her doctor was shocked to find that the optic nerve in her eye was already compromised and possibly permanently damaged....

Lifesaving Checkup: Great grandmother was a “heart attack waiting to happen”

Frieda Frazier, an active 69-year-old great grandmother who works five days a week, gets a fitness checkup every six months at the UT Health Services clinic in the Texas Medical Center, and she is glad she does....

Abuse and Misuse: The reality of prescriptions for an older population

Centuries ago, people with heart failure risked their lives by eating the deadly foxglove, a plant that contains the effective yet easily overdosed drug digoxin. Today, we dose digoxin precisely, yet medications remain a double-edged sword: helpful, yet dangerous and frequently misused, particularly in the elderly. As prescriptions grow ever more common, it becomes increasingly important to grapple with the downside of drugs in older people....

Perfect Flow: A new twist on heart valve repair leads to a new lease on life

In Houston to watch his 12-year-old grandson play football, Rock Mogas, a trim 80-year-old from San Antonio, appeared to be the picture of health. But, that was not always the case....