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* Good athletes like Daryl have tremendous cardiovascular health. When performing a stress test, doctors determine the maximum predicted heart rate for the patient, which is a function of their age - 220 minus the patient's age or for 22 year old Daryl, 198 bpm. They then aim for 85% of that - about 169 bpm. However, athletes have very efficient heart muscles and their heart rate both at rest and while exercising tend to be much lower than average. Both endurance and strength athletes (Daryl falls in the latter category) show this trend.
 
* Good athletes like Daryl have tremendous cardiovascular health. When performing a stress test, doctors determine the maximum predicted heart rate for the patient, which is a function of their age - 220 minus the patient's age or for 22 year old Daryl, 198 bpm. They then aim for 85% of that - about 169 bpm. However, athletes have very efficient heart muscles and their heart rate both at rest and while exercising tend to be much lower than average. Both endurance and strength athletes (Daryl falls in the latter category) show this trend.
 
* Raynaud's phenomenon is caused by vasospasms in the arteries that supply blood to the extremities, causing the fingers to turn remarkably pale or even bluish while the rest of the hand remains its normal color. The effect is clearest in the parts of the hand furthest away from the wrist. It can also affect the lips, nose and toes. Unfortunately, it's very non-specific and can be [[ideopathic]]. It is often triggered by cold or emotional stress. Nevertheless, it can narrow down a differential and is frequently the first obvious symptom of many progressive disorders.
 
* Raynaud's phenomenon is caused by vasospasms in the arteries that supply blood to the extremities, causing the fingers to turn remarkably pale or even bluish while the rest of the hand remains its normal color. The effect is clearest in the parts of the hand furthest away from the wrist. It can also affect the lips, nose and toes. Unfortunately, it's very non-specific and can be [[ideopathic]]. It is often triggered by cold or emotional stress. Nevertheless, it can narrow down a differential and is frequently the first obvious symptom of many progressive disorders.
* Rheumatoid factor is an [[antibody]] that attacks the host's own joint tissues and appears in many [[autoimmune]] diseases. It can also cause [[cryoglobulinemia]], but in this case that was caused by the cancer which often encourages clots to form.
 
* Doctors may perform a [[splenectomy]] on a patient with [[lymphoma]] as the cancerous cells often accumulate in the [[spleen]] and cause further complications.
 
* Although itching can be a symptom of lymphoma, the most common reaction to ethanol consumption in lymphoma patients is pain from swollen lymph nodes. Similarly, loss of the radial pulse is a common symptom of Takayasu arteritis. Alcohol is only a problem with Takayasu when there is a [[medicine interaction]].
 
* If Daryl had lymphoma, his spleen would have been enlarged. Liver failure means a build up of [[bile]] and other chemicals that cause itching in the bloodstream.
 
* The paraneoplastic syndrome that is the most likely cause of growth hormone problems is [[Doege-Potter syndrome]], but it usually doesn't occur with a melanoma.
 
* Although melanoma is less common in African-Americans (it's 20 times more common in Europeans), it is usually diagnosed at a later stage where it is harder to treat successfully. There are also rare melanomas that are more common in African-Americans.
 
   
 
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