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Resistant Hypertension and the Pivotal Role for Mineralocorticoid Receptor Antagonists: A Clinical Update 2016

Clinical features of resistant hypertension are described, and the importance of several risk factors undergoing clinical investigation and reappraisal are considered in this review. True resistant hypertension must be distinguished from apparent resistant hypertension, of which important causes include medication nonadherence, illicit drug use, and alcoholism. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring should be considered to rule out […]

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Reduction in Percent LDL Cholesterol or Attained LDL-C Levels or Both?

The role of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) in the pathophysiology of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, which may present as coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral arterial disease, has been well documented in several studies. The decrease in LDL-C levels leads to a significant reduction in the risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Statins have become the first line […]

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Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Men with Vascular Erectile Dysfunction

Men with erectile dysfunction may have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. Assessment of cardiovascular risk, including coronary artery calcium, should be considered in these patients. Vascular erectile dysfunction is a powerful marker of increased cardiovascular risk. However, current guidelines lack specific recommendations on the role that the evaluation of vascular erectile dysfunction should play […]

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Holiday Blues: Recognizing & Treating Depression

In the US, the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve is filled with parties, family, good food, gifts, and togetherness. It’s a time when love, forgiveness, and good cheer are in the air. Or, at least, that is how the holidays are depicted by the media. For many, the holidays are a time […]

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The Mediterranean Diet: What You Should Know

Diet fads are a dime a dozen, but one diet has risen about the rest in terms of effectiveness– the Mediterranean Diet. The American Journal of Medicine often publishes prevention-related articles that focus on diet, exercise, and lifestyle. Given the obesity epidemic, it’s important for physicians to be able to advise patients on weight management and […]

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