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  • Ask the doctor: Should I try one of the new blood thinners?

    Q. I have atrial fibrillation and have been taking warfarin to prevent blood clots for 10 years. It has not given me any problems. However, I do hate going to my doctor’s office to get my INR blood test every month. I’m wondering whether I should switch to one of the newer blood thinners that […]

  • Lightheaded? Top 5 reasons you might feel woozy

    Lightheaded? Top 5 reasons you might feel woozy

    Dehydration, medication side effects, sudden blood pressure drops, low blood sugar, and heart disease or stroke may be to blame. Image: iStock Feeling woozy, lightheaded, or a little faint is a common complaint among older adults. Although it’s not usually caused by anything life-threatening, it could be, so you need to be careful. “Don’t ignore […]

  • Reminder: Don’t skip blood pressure medication

    Reminder: Don’t skip blood pressure medication

    News Briefs For many people, sticking to a medication regimen is necessary to control high blood pressure and reduce the risk of a stroke or a heart attack. But millions of older adults aren’t taking their blood pressure drugs (antihypertensives) as directed, suggests a study published Sept. 16, 2016, in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality […]

  • Gene discoveries may pave the way for new blood pressure drugs

    Research we’re watching Image: luchschen/ThinkStock In the largest-ever investigation into the genetic causes of high blood pressure, researchers have pinpointed 44 gene sites associated with this common condition. The findings may provide leads for developing new drugs to treat high blood pressure, say the authors, whose study was published online Sept. 12, 2016, by Nature […]

  • Is my medication causing these side effects, or is it just aging?

    Tracking your progress and symptoms can help you discern the difference. Image: YakobchukOlena/Thinkstock You probably know that when you take a medication, you need to tell your doctor about any side effects that develop. But being aware of side effects can be challenging when you’re older. “In many cases, the signs of aging are similar […]

  • Drugs to prevent heart attacks may also lessen their severity

    Drugs to prevent heart attacks may also lessen their severity

    In the Journals People at high risk for a heart attack often take certain medications to reduce that risk. New research published online Sept. 14, 2016, by PLOS ONE explored whether taking such drugs not only lowers risk, but also reduces the severity of any attacks that do occur. The study included 14,790 people hospitalized […]

  • Does it matter how you lower your cholesterol?

    Ask the doctor Image: eyewave/Thinkstock Q. I’ve tried taking statins but have developed muscle aches on several different brands. What other options do I have, and how well do they work? A. There’s lots of evidence that in people at risk for heart attack, statins lower that risk. But these popular drugs aren’t the only […]

  • Does aspirin stop a heart attack?

    Ask the doctor Image: Ron Chapple/Thinkstock Q. Should I take aspirin if I think I’m having a heart attack, and what kind of aspirin should I take? A. First, what symptoms indicate you might be having a heart attack? The main symptom is a squeezing, tight sensation in the middle of the chest that can […]

  • Drug interactions with statins: Often preventable

    Statins can lower heart disease risk dramatically, but certain cautions apply. Nearly a quarter of all adults over age 40 take medication to treat high cholesterol, and most often, it’s a statin drug. However, with such widespread use, especially among people who may have other cardiovascular risk factors, an un-wanted interaction between a statin and […]

  • Diuretic blood pressure drug linked to fewer hip fractures

    Diuretic blood pressure drug linked to fewer hip fractures

    Research we’re watching Although some observational studies have indicated that thiazide diuretics may protect against hip fracture, there has been little confirmatory evidence from clinical trials. Researchers in the Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT) recently analyzed their data and found evidence of such an effect. The researchers looked at the […]

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