Atrial Fibrillation – What You Need to Know

Atrial Fibrillation – What You Need to Know

Atrial fibrillation (AF, or afib) affects nearly 10% of adults over 65 and more than 15% of those over 70. It sometimes goes unnoticed, but noticed or not, it can be life-threatening. AF usually requires treatment with medications, so I’m often asked questions about it by my patients. In this post you’ll learn what AF is, how to spot symptoms, why it’s dangerous, and what you can do to keep

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Disposal of Unneeded Meds – Liquids and Other Hard-to-Dispose-of Items

Disposal of Unneeded Meds – Liquids and Other Hard-to-Dispose-of Items

We’ve talked in previous posts about safe and secure disposal of medications. Why it’s important, and how and where it can be done. Several BetterMyMeds readers and event participants have pointed out that it can be tough to dispose of certain types of medications. Liquid medications, and injectables in glass vials are good examples. Controlled substances, like morphine and valium, can be a problem, too. And the rules around how

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Is Your Home Blood Pressure Monitor Reliable?

Is Your Home Blood Pressure Monitor Reliable?

Nearly half of adults in the United States have high blood pressure. Many monitor their blood pressure at home. If you use a home blood pressure (HBP) monitor, you’re already doing a great job taking care of your health. But are you sure your monitor is giving you reliable results? It’s important to care for your monitor, too. They don’t last forever. Inaccurate results can cause you to worry needlessly,

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Another New Pneumonia Vaccine? Nope. Two.

Another New Pneumonia Vaccine? Nope. Two.

Pneumonia vaccines have been in use for years. And they’re very effective at preventing serious illness in people of all ages. But just when we think we’re on top of the best way to vaccinate, experts find new information and change the game. Recommendations for the best use of vaccines of all types change now and then. Guidelines for pneumonia vaccines have already changed in recent years. In 2014, pneumonia

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