DEAR DR. ROACH: Is COVID-19 infection a cause of heart block? I recently had a complete heart block, tested positive in the ER for COVID-19 (symptomless and post-vaccine), and was fitted with a permanent pacemaker. I’m 63, female, in good health except for a luckily nonsevere, 10-year diagnosis of Sjogren’s syndrome.

My cardiologist doesn’t think the heart block is due to COVID-19, but I’ve seen articles in Medline reporting cases of heart block during COVID-19 infection. Is it too early in the disease’s research to know for sure? — B.J.S.

1
0
0
0
0

Q: I read your article on the ignition problems of a 2008 GMC Canyon with the 3.7-liter motor. I have the 2010 model with the same engine and had the same no-start issue. After a couple of warranty visits, the dealer asked to keep the truck for tests. The ignition lock change didn’t solve th…

Dear Dr. Roach: I’m a 78-year-old retired medical oncologist. While in residency in New York, I got a gastrointestinal virus that left me with lactose intolerance. After a while, it improved somewhat. But in the past couple of years, using Lactaid tabs when I ate yogurt started not to be eno…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, May 19, 2022 — You have a calm, detached, even regal style. This can make you convincing when talking to others. Personally, you are focused and determined. This year you have a stronger zest for life, which is why you will enjoy socializing and reaching out to o…

The conventional wisdom of car buying once stated that your loan should not exceed 48 months. But the latest data from Edmunds shows that the average loan term for a new car has steadily increased over the last decade and is now about 70 months. These longer loan terms reflect not only a tre…

“If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.”

Back in the ‘70s, every other car was a wagon. These were usually based on cars made more practical by turning them into wagons, which had much more room for cargo and, in some instances, passengers.

After two years of restrictions, summer road trips are top of mind for those looking to get out of town. With rising inflation showing no signs of braking, soaring automotive costs, including gas prices, repairs, rental cars and auto insurance, are threatening to put a damper on summer fun. …

“The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Wednesday, May 18, 2022 — You are a warmhearted person who is helpful to others and often takes care of people. You are hardworking and focused. Many of you are multitalented. This year will be a gentler, slower-paced year. Your focus will be on relationships and your own …

Dear Savvy Senior, I am planning to retire and apply for my Social Security benefits in July. When can I expect my first check, and is direct deposit my only option for receiving my monthly payment? Almost 62

Dear Dr. Roach: My wife and I are both in our late 60s. She has gotten three doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and I have gotten three doses of the Moderna, only because that was what was available when we got our first dose. Because of our age, we are considering getting a second booster dose. I…

Q. My wife of 38 years died five years ago after a very long bout with cancer. I have three married children. It was a happy marriage, and the kids miss their mother very much. I do, too, but after living with her cancer for five years, once she passed, I was ready to just have some fun. Two…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, May 17, 2022 — You are a modest person. You are determined, hardworking and independent. Your friendly, appealing quality attracts others to you. This year is the first year of a fresh, new nine-year cycle for you. Be courageous. Be ready to open any door!

“An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds just once, he’s in.”

“Don’t try to be young. Just open your mind. Stay interested in stuff.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday May 16, 2022 — You have a distinctive personality and a strong work ethic. You are friendly and warmhearted, and people like you. You care about others. You also love your creature comforts. This year is the last year of a nine-year cycle, which means you will be ge…

America entered what I call the Age of Parenting Enlightenment around 1970. That was the year, or thereabouts, when parents stopped listening to their elders about childrearing matters and began instead listening to people with capital letters after their names. The people in question were e…

DEAR DR. ROACH: In December I had a bicycle accident. When they did a CT scan of my ribs, they discovered a large amount of urine that had overflowed my bladder. They removed over 7 pints with a catheter. It destroyed half my kidney function. I had taken Flomax for years and thought I was ur…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, May 14, 2022 — You are a creative person who is independent and hardworking. You have excellent business savvy. You are also unconventional and stubborn at times. This year is a time of learning and teaching for you. You might be attracted to meditation, yoga, pr…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, May 13, 2022 — You are reliable and dependable. You are also witty, friendly and loyal to family. You work hard to achieve what you want. This year you will be of service to others, especially family. Take care of yourself as well. Enroll in a class or get a makeover.

“I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.”

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 78-year-old male in fairly good health. I recently was prescribed Bactrim (a sulfa drug) for an ear infection but didn’t know I am allergic to sulfa. I had a severe reaction to the drug: a raging, very itchy rash on most of my body. It made my life miserable. I was giv…

Q: Are headlights on cars and trucks getting brighter or am I just getting older? Some makes and models seem brighter than others, including most pickup trucks. J.O., Plymouth, Minnesota

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, May 12, 2022 — You are friendly, caring and personable. People like you. You work hard to attain your goals. Nevertheless, you like pleasure and a comfortable life. This year you will attain greater personal freedom as various changes occur. Stay light on your fe…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have had bad experiences with my local trauma center. Mainly, they will not consult with my doctor or my hospital, and vice versa. Things would move more quickly and safely if they got my medical history rather than starting from scratch. As a result, I ask the EMTs or para…