The Spleen

Image of the spleen

Overview The spleen is an organ found in virtually all vertebrate mammals. It is located in the upper left quadrant of the abdomen. In the average healthy adult it weighs around two hundred grams and it is about the size of a fist. The spleen has several main functions. It filters the blood and removes […]

Heart Bypass

Image of Stent

In this article on the heart we are taking a look at heart bypass surgery, also known as coronary artery bypass surgery or coronary artery bypass graft. Heart bypass surgery is carried out to reduce the risk of death from coronary artery disease. It involves taking arteries or veins from other parts of the body […]

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

The term Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease can be broken down into gastro, which means of or relating to the stomach, oesophageal meaning relating to the oesophagus, and reflux which means to flow back. It is a common condition in which the stomach contents leak backwards from the stomach into the oesophagus, which is the pipe attaching […]