- Important: Valsartan medication recall July 31, 2018
Several common drugs that contain valsartan, used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure, have been recalled due to an impurity — N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) — in the drug that poses a potential cancer risk. The presence of NDMA is thought to be related to changes in the way the active substance was manufactured, according to the FDA.
Keep yourself safe and take these steps:
- To determine whether the specific medicine you are taking has been recalled, look at the drug name and company name on the label of the prescription bottle. If the information is not on the bottle, please call your physician or contact the pharmacy that dispensed the medicine. The recalled medications are as follows:
Valsartan Major Pharmaceuticals Valsartan Solco Healthcare Valsartan Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) Solco Healthcare Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.
- If your medicine is included in this recall, do not stop taking the medication until your physician has prescribed a replacement product for you. Because these medicines are used to treat serious medical conditions — heart failure and high blood pressure — you can put yourself at risk of harm if you suddenly stop taking it. Please call your physician to discuss alternate treatment options.
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The Spring 2016 newsletter includes a continuation of our series on aging with an article on keeping skin in the best condition possible; an article about keeping joints flexible and pain free; and the nutrition corner takes a look at natural/organic foods.Continue reading →
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- Heart Month: Patient Education and Nutritious Recipes February 4, 2015
February is American Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is the result of heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day.
In an effort to promote awareness, I have compiled useful information to help my patients learn how to protect themselves from heart disease and stroke by understanding the risks and taking the following steps:
Try to be physically active for as few as 30 minutes a day to:
– Improve your cholesterol profile
– Lower your blood pressure
– Increase your energy and stamina
– Boost your bone strength
– Prevent weight gain
– Enhance your mental well-being
Heart-Healthy foods to include on every shopping list: Incorporate these foods – high in vitamin, minerals and nutrients – into your diet to help decrease the risk of heart disease and other conditions.
– Salmon, fish & fish oil – Sweet potatoes
– Almonds & walnuts – Apples
– Berries (especially blueberries) – Avocado
– Garlic – Spinach
– Broccoli – Tomatoes
– Olive oil – Beans
– Eggs – Dark chocolate (in moderation)
To incorporate these heart-healthy foods into your diet, consider the following recipes:
(Click the name of the recipe to receive the necessary ingredients and cooking instructions).
Soup: Mexican Chicken Soup
Side Dish: Mediterranean Couscous Salad with Chickpeas
Main Dish: Crunchy-Crusted Salmon Fillets
Dessert: Banana Split Berry Yogurt Parfait
We are making enormous progress in the battle against cardiovascular disease and stroke – the CDC reports a 30% decrease in death rates in the last decade. At its heart: an increased awareness about healthy living. February is a perfect time to recharge your personal prevention plan…consider me your partner wholly dedicated to keeping your heart at its vital, healthy best.Continue reading →
- Winter 2015 newsletter January 30, 2015
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