• Articles

    NHBPEP Report on High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy: A Summary for Family Physicians

    MARK A. ZAMORSKI, LEE A. GREEN

    High blood pressure is a common complication of pregnancy. For guidance, family physicians should familiarize themselves with the report of the National High Blood Pressure Education Program's Working Group on High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy.

    Radiographic Assessment of Osteoarthritis

    DANIEL L. SWAGERTY, JR., DEBORAH HELLINGER

    Asymmetric joint space narrowing, subchondral sclerosis, osteophytes and subluxation are the radiographic hallmarks of osteoarthritis.

    Differential Diagnosis of Annular Lesions

    SYLVIA HSU, ELAINE H. LE, MOHAMAD R. KHOSHEVIS

    The most common cause of annular lesions in adults is dermatophytosis. However, physicians must consider other diagnoses because many conditions present in much the same manner.

    Can the Patient Decide? Evaluating Patient Capacity in Practice

    MARC TUNZI

    The decision-making capacity of patients who display an abrupt change in mental status, refuse recommended treatment, consent too hastily to treatment or have a known risk factor for impaired decision making should be assessed carefully. By using a directed clinical interview...

    Inside AFP

    AFP Launches New Radiologic Decision-Making Series

    Janis Wright

    This issue's cover article, “Radiographic Assessment of Osteoarthritis,” beginning on page277, represents the first in a series of “Radiologic Decision-Making” articles coordinated by two Kansas City–based family medicine residencies. The new series coordinators are Mark...

    Quantum Sufficit

    Quantum Sufficit

    Sarah Morgan, Lori Parry

    “Don't do what I do, do what I tell you to do.” A study published in Southern Medical Journal reviewed patient visits for acute sinusitis in a teaching practice over the course of two years to see whether residents or staff physicians prescribe broader-spectrum antibiotics...

    Newsletter

    Newsletter

    Rosemarie Sweeney, Matthew Neff

    HHS Releases a Clinical Guide on the Treatment of Women with HIV | CSAT Offers Grants for Rural Drug Treatment Centers | Federal Agencies Mark 20th Anniversary of First AIDS Case | New Web Site Provides Information on Food-borne Illnesses | NIH Establishes National Family...

    Editorials

    High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

    LEE A GREEN

    In an article1 in this issue of American Family Physician, Dr. Zamorski and I discuss the conclusions and recommendations of the most recent National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Working Group Report on High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy.2 That report reached...

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    Diary from a Week in Practice

    Very early this morning, two of JTL's multiparous patients—at separate hospitals, about 10 miles apart—went into labor, and, at about 5-cm dilation, requested epidural anesthesia. Although it was 3 a.m., rather than give the order for the epidural (and remain in bed), JTL...

    Tips from Other Journals

    Assessing Pain in the Confused Elderly Patient

    GRACE BROOKE HUFFMAN

    Venous Thromboembolism Following Hip Surgery

    JEFFREY T. KIRCHNER

    Pulmonary Hypertension: Diagnosis and Treatment

    GRACE BROOKE HUFFMAN

    Benefits of Discussing Advance Directives with Patients

    GRACE BROOKE HUFFMAN

    Strategies Used in Early Detection or Exclusion of AMI

    RICHARD SADOVSKY

    Psychologic Therapies vs. Physician Care for Depression

    ANNE D. WALLING

    Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Cough

    JEFFREY T. KIRCHNER

    Practice Guidelines

    Principles of Appropriate Antibiotic Use: Part I. Acute Respiratory Tract Infections

    GENEVIEVE RESSEL

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assembled a panel of national health experts, including physicians with expertise in internal, family, emergency and infectious diseases medicine, to develop evidencebased guidelines for evaluating and treating adults with...

    Clinical Briefs

    Clinical Briefs

    Monica Preboth

    AHRQ Guide on Improving the Quality of Health Care | FDA Approves System for In-Stent Restenosis

    Letters to the Editor

    Meperidine or Morphine in Acute Pancreatitis?

    BRENNAN SPIEGEL

    Information from Your Family Doctor

    High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

    Blood pressure is the pressure in the arteries in your body. We measure blood pressure by putting a cuff around your upper arm. Then we listen to your blood flow with a stethoscope. High blood pressure is also called “hypertension.”

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