#1 Advanced Cholesterol Testing Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in men and women and determining heart disease risk is the first step in preventing heart attack. Remember when the only thing your doctor looked for was whether your total cholesterol was over 200? Then we decided that the most important number was
I think most would agree that we have a looming “perfect storm” in medicine which will result in a huge shortage of primary care physicians. This oncoming perfect storm will be due to an influx of patients because of health care reform and the aging baby boomers combined with fewer physicians choosing primary care specialties.
“Just because you can’t measure it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.” This was a tweet by the husband of a someone with fibromyalgia (FM). This tweet lit a fire under me. Fibromyalgia is a condition that many physicians believe is psychosomatic, in other words physical symptoms originating from mental or emotional causes. This widespread belief
I read a dexascan report today that summarized the patient’s results as “severe osteopenia”. This statement highlights the insanity of our current mentality about disease. Why are we creating these “pre-diseases”? I don’t think it was a physician’s idea to create pre-hypertension, pre-diabetes or osteopenia. What is wrong with saying to someone, “you don’t have
I read with interest the family medicine chat a couple weeks ago about the ethics of concierge medicine. Some argue that concierge medicine is unethical and a failure to uphold the medical profession. I missed the chat so I would like to throw in my “2-cents”. After 10 years practicing medicine within the confines of