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Aortic Stenosis: Diagnosis and Treatment - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2016 - Aortic stenosis affects 3% of persons older than 65 years. Although survival in asymptomatic patients is comparable to that in age- and sex-matched control patients, it decreases rapidly after symptoms appear. During the asymptomatic latent period, left ventricular hypertrophy and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0301/p371.html

In Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and CV Disease, Empagliflozin Reduces CV and All-Cause...

Mar 1, 2016 - In patients with established CV disease and type 2 diabetes, the addition of empagliflozin to standard therapy reduces all-cause mortality and CV mortality. This is notable because empagliflozin is the only drug other than metformin to demonstrate a mortality benefit, albeit for a ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0301/p410.html

Influenza Vaccination for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease - Cochrane for ...

Mar 1, 2016 - Influenza vaccination may reduce cardiovascular mortality in patients with established cardiovascular disease. The effect of vaccination is unclear among patients in the general population without known cardiovascular disease.

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0301/p357.html

Screening for High Blood Pressure in Adults: Recommendation Statement - U.S. Preventive...

Feb 15, 2016 - The USPSTF recommends screening for high blood pressure in adults aged 18 years or older.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0215/p300.html

Conjugated Estrogens/Bazedoxifene (Duavee) for Menopausal Symptoms - STEPS - American ...

Feb 15, 2016 - Conjugated estrogens/bazedoxifene is effective for the treatment of menopausal symptoms and may be better tolerated than conjugated estrogens/medroxyprogesterone. It will maintain bone mineral density in the lumbar spine and hip, but its effect on fractures is not known. Cardiovascular ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0215/p307.html

Diagnostic Tool for Gout Without Need for Joint Fluid Aspiration - Letters to the ...

Feb 15, 2016 - ...following conditions: angina pectoris, cerebrovascular accident, heart failure, myocardial infarction, peripheral vascular disease, transient ischemic attack 1.5 Serum uric acid level > 5.88 mg per dL (350 μmol per L) 3.5 Total ____ (out of 13 possible points) note:...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0215/p256.html

Preventing CVD in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: An Update from the AHA and ADA ...

Feb 1, 2016 - The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Diabetes Association (ADA) joined together to release statements on preventing CVD in persons with diabetes.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0201/p232.html

Electronic Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation - Cochrane for Clinicians - American Family...

Feb 1, 2016 - Electronic cigarettes with nicotine increase smoking cessation rates compared with placebo, with effectiveness similar to that of nicotine patches. In addition, more patients using electronic cigarettes with nicotine were able to halve their use of cigarettes than those using placebo ...

American Family Physician : Cochrane for Clinicians

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0201/p178.html

Doctor or Patient? Who Owns Medical Records?

Doctor or Patient? Who Owns Medical Records?

AAFP News : Fresh Perspectives: New Docs in Practice | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/doctor_or_patient_who_owns.html

Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy - American Family Physician

Jan 15, 2016 - Elevated blood pressure in pregnancy may represent chronic hypertension (occurring before 20 weeks’ gestation or persisting longer than 12 weeks after delivery), gestational hypertension (occurring after 20 weeks’ gestation), preeclampsia, or preeclampsia superimposed on chronic ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0115/p121.html

Perioperative Bridging Anticoagulation Unhelpful for Invasive Procedures - POEMs - ...

Jan 15, 2016 - Bridging anticoagulation worsens outcomes for patients with atrial fibrillation who undergo an elective invasive procedure, resulting in more episodes of major bleeding and no difference in the rate of stroke or venous thromboembolism.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0115/p130.html

Management of Sickle Cell Disease: Recommendations from the 2014 Expert Panel Report - ...

Dec 15, 2015 - Family physicians are the primary and sometimes only health care resource for families affected by sickle cell disease. Recently published guidelines provide important recommendations for health maintenance, acute care, and monitoring of disease-modifying therapy in persons with this ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1215/p1069.html

Some Benefit to Treating Mild Hypertension to Prevent Stroke, CV Deaths, and Overall ...

Dec 1, 2015 - Treating mild hypertension over five years decreases the risk of stroke, cardiovascular (CV) death, and overall mortality in a small proportion of patients.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1201/p1020.html

Chlorthalidone vs. Hydrochlorothiazide for Treatment of Hypertension - FPIN's Help Desk...

Dec 1, 2015 - Chlorthalidone produces slightly greater reductions in blood pressure compared with hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), but it is associated with greater declines in serum potassium levels. Chlorthalidone lowers the risk of cardiovascular events about 18% more than HCTZ at the same achieved ...

American Family Physician : FPIN's Help Desk Answers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1201/p1015.html

Petechiae in a Newborn - Photo Quiz - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2015 - Five hours after birth, scattered petechiae developed over the trunk and extremities of a newborn.

American Family Physician : Photo Quiz

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1201/p1017.html

AHA/ACC/ASH Release Guideline on the Treatment of Hypertension and CAD - Practice ...

Dec 1, 2015 - The American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Cardiology (ACC), and American Society of Hypertension (ASH) have released a guideline on the management of hypertension in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). It updates a previous AHA guideline to reflect newer data.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1201/p1023.html

Adding Sitagliptin Does Not Reduce or Increase the Risk of Cardiovascular Outcomes - ...

Dec 1, 2015 - The glass half full is that sitagliptin does not increase the risk of cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes. The glass half empty is that it does not reduce the risk, either. And that is the important message: In patients with a mean glycated hemoglobin level of 7.2%, ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1201/p1020a.html

Unprovoked First Seizures in Adults: Management Recommendations from the AAN - Practice...

Nov 1, 2015 - This guideline from the Academy of Neurology (AAN) provides information on prognosis and management options for unprovoked first seizures in adults.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1101/p835.html

Pharmacogenetics: Using Genetic Information to Guide Drug Therapy - American Family ...

Oct 1, 2015 - Clinical pharmacogenetics, the use of genetic data to guide drug therapy decisions, is beginning to be used for medications commonly prescribed by family physicians. However, clinicians are largely unfamiliar with principles supporting clinical use of this type of data. For example, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1001/p588.html

A Family Physician Confronts Parkinson Disease - Close-ups - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2015 - Education about promising physical therapies and treatments that may be on the horizon can be a source of encouragement for physicians and patients alike when facing a diagnosis of Parkinson disease.

American Family Physician : Close-ups

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1001/p568.html

AAFP News - Oct 1, 2015 - American Family Physician

Oct 1, 2015 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/1001/p556.html

Real-World Study Finds Lower Mortality and Stroke Risk with Dabigatran, but More GI ...

Sep 15, 2015 - In this well-designed observational study, older patients given an initial prescription of dabigatran had lower all-cause mortality and fewer ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes, but a higher risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, than a matched group of patients given warfarin.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0915/p529.html

ECG, Echocardiography, or MPI for Cardiac Screening: Guidance from the ACP - Practice ...

Sep 15, 2015 - In the United States, one in three deaths is from cardiovascular disease; coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death. This guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) provides recommendations on cardiac screening using these modalities.

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0915/p531.html

Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for ...

Sep 15, 2015 - J.W., a 34-year-old man who smokes, presents for his annual checkup for hypertension. Hisblood pressure is elevated (142/95 mm Hg), and he has gained 10 lb (4.5 kg) since his lastvisit. J.W. is now considered overweight, with a body mass index (BMI) of 27 kg per m2. He reports no other ...

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0915/p509.html

Spinal Stenosis: Physical Therapy Before Surgery - POEMs - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2015 - Assigning patients to six weeks of physical therapy is as effective as initially sending them for decompression surgery, with fewer complications, even in patients who have a strong preference for surgery. A trial of six weeks of physical therapy makes sense for many patients with ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0915/p528.html

Top 20 Research Studies of 2014 for Primary Care Physicians - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2015 - A team of primary care clinicians with expertise in evidence-based medicine performed monthly surveillance of more than 110 English-language clinical research journals during 2014, and identified 255 studies that had the potential to change how family physicians practice. Each study was...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0901/p377.html

Bridging Anticoagulation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation Associated with More ...

Sep 1, 2015 - This study provides more evidence that bridging in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation does not improve outcomes, and is actually associated with a higher risk of bleeding complications and cardiovascular events.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0901/p398.html

Diagnosis and Management of Osteoporosis - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2015 - Osteoporosis-related fractures affect approximately one in two white women and one in five white men in their lifetime. The impact of fractures includes loss of function, significant costs, and increased mortality. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends using dual energy ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0815/p261.html

Vorapaxar (Zontivity) for the Prevention of Thrombotic Cardiovascular Events - STEPS - ...

Aug 15, 2015 - Vorapaxar should be limited to select patients with a history of MI or peripheral arterial disease who desire additional treatment for the prevention of MI.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0815/p304.html

AAFP News - Aug 15, 2015 - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2015 - ...labels to clearly indicate that these medications increase the risk of cardiovascular thrombotic events, including myocardial infarction and stroke. All prescription NSAIDs currently include information about a potential increased risk of such events. The new warning strengthens the...

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0815/p250.html

How to Help Your Patients Choose Wisely -- FPM

Aug 1, 2015 - Steer patients away from inappropriate and overused procedures that can diminish health care.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2015/0700/p28.html

Differential Diagnosis of Polyarticular Arthritis - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2015 - Polyarticular arthritis is commonly encountered in clinical settings and has multiple etiologies. The first step is to distinguish between true articular pain and nonarticular or periarticular conditions by recognizing clinical patterns through the history and physical examination. Once...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0701/p35.html

CEA vs. Stenting: Mixed Results, Mostly Bad - POEMs - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2015 - These two randomized trials, one with short-term outcomes and the other with five-year outcomes, demonstrate that carotid artery stenting results in more frequent strokes (clinical and radiographically detected) than carotid endarterectomy (CEA). However, the rate of fatal and disabling...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0701/p52.html

Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Smoking Cessation - Medicine by the Numbers - American...

Jul 1, 2015 - Studies show that 1 in 15 patients successfully quit smoking and 1 in 94 patients experienced chest pain or palpitations. Want to know more?

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0701/od1.html

Patients with Initial Unprovoked DVT or PE Benefit from Long-Term Low-Dose Aspirin - ...

Jun 15, 2015 - Aspirin improves long-term cardiovascular and thrombotic outcomes in patients who have had an initial unprovoked episode of VTE. The risk of bleeding was no higher in the aspirin group, perhaps because those at risk of bleeding were uncovered during the initial period of anticoagulation.

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0615/p872.html

New payment model seeks to reduce cardiovascular disease -- FPM

New payment model seeks to reduce cardiovascular disease

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/new_payment_model_seeks_to.html

Nonpharmacologic Management of Hypertension: What Works? - American Family Physician

Jun 1, 2015 - Hypertension is one of the most common conditions encountered in primary care. Nonpharmacologic strategies have been shown to help lower blood pressure. Lifestyle modifications are recommended for all patients with hypertension. The American Heart Association/American College of ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0601/p772.html

Tight Glycemic Control for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (Over Five Years) - Medicine by the...

Jun 1, 2015 - Studies show that none were helped and 1 in 6 patients were harmed. See why.

American Family Physician : Medicine by the Numbers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0601/od2.html

Common Questions About Chronic Low Back Pain - American Family Physician

May 15, 2015 - More than 30% of U.S. adults report having experienced low back pain within the preceding three months. Although most low back pain is nonspecific and self-limiting, a subset of patients develop chronic low back pain, defined as persistent symptoms for longer than three months. Low back...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0515/p708.html

Screening for Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Stenosis: Recommendation Statement - U.S. ...

May 15, 2015 - The USPSTF recommends against screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis in the general adult population.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0515/od1.html

Screening for Carotid Artery Stenosis - Putting Prevention into Practice - American ...

May 15, 2015 - N.C. is a 65-year-old woman who presents for her yearly checkup. She walks one to two miles daily, is in generally good health, has no significant cardiovascular history, and has no health concerns at today's visit.

American Family Physician : Putting Prevention into Practice

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0515/p717.html

Diagnosis and Management of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder in Adults -...

May 1, 2015 - Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and panic disorder (PD) are among the most common mental disorders in the United States, and they can negatively impact a patient’s quality of life and disrupt important activities of daily living. Evidence suggests that the rates of missed diagnoses ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0501/p617.html

Increased GI Bleeding After Switch from Warfarin to Dabigatran - POEMs - American ...

May 1, 2015 - The risk of bleeding increases (though remains small) when patients with atrial fibrillation are switched from warfarin to dabigatran to prevent stroke or transient ischemic attack. This study, conducted almost exclusively in male veterans, found an increase in gastrointestinal (GI) ...

American Family Physician : POEMs

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0501/p648.html

Provision of Contraception: Key Recommendations from the CDC - American Family Physician

May 1, 2015 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released comprehensive recommendations for provision of family planning services. Contraceptive services may be addressed in five steps, and counseling may be provided in a tiered approach, whereby the most effective options are ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0501/p625.html

Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for ...

May 1, 2015 - The USPSTF recommends offering or referring adults who are overweight or obese and have additional cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors to intensive behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthful diet and physical activity for CVD prevention.

American Family Physician : U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0501/od1.html

Birth Control: What You Should Know - American Family Physician

May 1, 2015 - ...if you smoke, talk with your doctor about birth control that has estrogen in it. These conditions may increase your risk of blood clots and stroke. Condoms are the only birth control method that decreases your risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection. Condoms can be used...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0501/p625-s1.html

Diagnosis of Acute Stroke - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2015 - Stroke can be categorized as ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, or subarachnoid hemorrhage. Awakening with or experiencing the abrupt onset of focal neurologic deficits is the hallmark of the diagnosis of ischemic stroke. The most common presenting symptoms of ischemic stroke ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0415/p528.html

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2015 - Abdominal aortic aneurysm refers to abdominal aortic dilation of 3.0 cm or greater. The main risk factors are age older than 65 years, male sex, and smoking history. Other risk factors include a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm, coronary artery disease, hypertension, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0415/p538.html

Naltrexone/Bupropion (Contrave) for Weight Loss - STEPS - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2015 - Naltrexone/bupropion produces clinically significant weight loss when combined with a diet and exercise program. It decreases body weight in patients with diabetes, but its effect on diabetic outcomes is not known. A significant proportion of patients will experience adverse effects.

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0415/p554.html

Stroke: How to Recognize It and What to Do About It - American Family Physician

Apr 15, 2015 - ...Stroke: How to Recognize It and What to Do About It Am Fam Physician. 2015 Apr 15;91(8):online. See related article on acute stroke What is a stroke? A stroke is like a brain attack. In a heart attack, not enough blood gets to the heart muscle. In a stroke, not enough blood...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0415/p528-s1.html

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