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The benefits of do-it-yourself blood pressure monitoring

People who monitor their blood pressure at home may reach their blood pressure targets more quickly than people who do not. The added information from home readings may help doctors tweak drugs and doses more efficiently. Home blood pressure monitoring may be especially helpful for people newly diagnosed with high blood pressure or those still struggling to reach their targets. Although some people are reluctant to self-monitor because they worry their blood pressure will be too high, that anxiety often dissipates over time as people become more comfortable with self-monitoring. More »

Gene testing for antiplatelet drug response

A genetic test can determine how well a person might respond to the antiplatelet drug clopidogrel. But so far, it’s not clear whether the test results can help guide a person’s treatment or improve health outcomes. (Locked) More »

How can I treat stubborn hiccups?

Hiccups that don’t respond to simple home remedies may respond to prescription medications, and may possibly respond to marijuana, acupuncture, or hypnosis. (Locked) More »

The new, potent cholesterol-lowering drugs: An update

Potent cholesterol-lowering drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors lower harmful LDL cholesterol by more than 50%. They also appear to lower the risk of serious heart-related events by 15%. One of the drugs, alirocumab (Praluent) also appears to improve survival in heart attack survivors with stubbornly high LDL levels of 100 mg/dL or higher. To date, the high cost of these medications has prohibited widespread access. But potential changes in the drug’s pricing structure could mean that more people will have affordable access to these medications in the future. (Locked) More »

Tips to cope when you’re juggling several chronic health issues

Managing several health conditions is complicated. Today’s optimal medical care involves seeing more types of doctors, having more tests, and getting more treatments than in earlier times. That can lead to confusion about treatment or a lack of medication compliance. To manage several chronic health conditions, it helps to become educated about the conditions and medications, keep track of when medications are taken and any side effects that develop, and get a good primary care physician to coordinate care. (Locked) More »

When to expect results from a new medication

How quickly a new medication will work depends on how the body absorbs the medication, how the body distributes it, and how the body breaks down or metabolizes it. Some drugs may begin working on the first day, and others may take weeks to kick in. It’s important to track medication use and any changes in symptoms. If a medication does not seem to be working properly, it’s best to talk about it with a doctor or pharmacist. (Locked) More »

Managing your medications before a medical procedure

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), anticoagulants, and certain herbs and supplements can increase the risk of bleeding with surgery. They may need to be stopped before a procedure. However, some medications, such as those taken to manage blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, or type 2 diabetes, may need to be taken on the day of surgery. Instructions for stopping or restarting medications and supplements should come from one’s doctor, at least one week before the surgery. (Locked) More »

What causes my feet to suddenly become numb?

Tingling or numbness in the feet may be a sign of peripheral neuropathy, which is nerve damage that affects multiple nerves leading out from the spinal cord. Certain medical conditions can cause it, such as diabetes and nutritional deficiencies, as well as heavy alcohol intake and some medications. More »

When the arrival of menopause brings symptoms of depression

The odds of experiencing symptoms of depression go up as women reach perimenopause and early postmenopause. Hormone therapy has been shown to help ward off these symptoms. But experts say despite the findings, hormone therapy should be used for prevention only in limited circumstances, because the treatment brings its own risks. More »