high cholesterol

Your Smartphone is about to be your new best medical friend

In this age of uncertainty of the future of medicine as it relates to cost and doctors, we are likely seeing the future of medicine on-the-go using your smart phone, and sending you and maybe your doctor information about your health. The world is changing. You’re already attached to your smart phone and it will be even more of your daily life in the future. Everything in your medical future is likely to be kept on your phone. And it [...]

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Study Shows Adherent Cholesterol Patients have increased medication costs

The most recent study shows that adherent individuals that take statins to fight their high cholesterol (who remained on their meds over a two year period) were, in fact, healthier. The downside is that it cost them more money, including medications and hospitalizations than those that didn’t. Stunning news. Not. Those of us that use these meds could have guessed this. Prior studies showed that adherence leads to lower costs overall. But the combination of these studies fails to speak to [...]

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One pill treats high blood pressure and cholesterol?

It’s not available yet, but it’s likely to be considered in the very near future.  The “Polypill” is meant to treat high blood pressure and cholesterol in patients over 50. Its been tested in a small group in England; only 84 patients participated in the study, reports the Reuters News Service in a story recently published. Doctors from Queen Mary University of London have reportedly surmised that the success of this test indicates that it would be good for all [...]

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Healthy Savings

I just read an article that I highly recommend you read. This article by Joel White, in the North County Times, (the North County way up thar between San Diego and Riverside, CA), suggests several issues that are important for you to read and know. Rather than write an extended blog on the subject I’m going to highlight some of the information that Mr. White writes about, hoping that you will click on the link above and read the article [...]

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New study reveals Old Markers

Do you know the word “ischemic?” I’ve heard it a lot of times and didn’t know the actual meaning: local deficiency of blood supply produced by vasoconstriction or local obstacles to the arterial flow, according to Dictionary.com. That’s the medical definition of blockages in your body that have to do with your heart. A new study has discovered some markers that you can see with your eyes and which are only now being discovered as a medically significant. The study, [...]

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Using Statins to control your cholesterol

Predicting America’s health The biggest cause of death is Cardiovascular Disease, probably heart attack or stroke. I read about a new set of calculations that suggest that half of American’s have abnormal lipids. That means CHOLESTEROL. That means, as a nation, we’re fat and more and more we’re dependent on Statins, which is the most standard pharmaceutical answer to the problem. According to Dr. Eliot Brinton, director of the National Lipid Assoc., many patients are hesitant to comply with their doctor’s prescribed [...]

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Women forget to take their meds more than men do

Usually, I’d get in trouble for making a comment about women, such as this one. But THIS one is published in the Huffington Post. Women, it seems, really are not as good as men when it comes to taking their meds on time. We talk about how patients are really, well, just awful at taking their meds as directed by their physicians. We have often said that medications are not taken almost half of the time. It’s a national health [...]

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The more meds I take, the more I forget to take them

I feel like I take too many medications, but my doctor says that they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing even if I can’t tell. He has me do at least a couple of blood tests a year to make sure that all of my medical issues are on track. They’re not on track if I forget to take my meds. He says that taking my medications regularly is the first important step in achieving my goals for being [...]

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