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Understanding Resting Heart Rate

By David Dunaief, M.D. How many of us regularly check our resting heart rate, or pulse, and what can we learn from it? Resting heart rate is pretty important. In fact, it may play a role in longevity, heart disease — including heart failure, arrhythmias, heart attacks...

Managing Hypertension

Nighttime pressure readings may better predict cardiovascular events By David Dunaief, M.D. Roughly 45 percent of adults in the U.S. have hypertension, or high blood pressure. That’s almost one in two adults, or 108 million people, of which 82 million do not have...

The risks of over-the-counter medications

Use caution and follow the label instructions with NSAIDs and acetaminophen By David Dunaief, M.D. Dr. David Dunaief Most of us keep a few stock items in our medicine cabinets as our “go-to’s” for pain relief, fever or inflammation. In addition to aspirin, among these...

Managing your risk of recurrent kidney stones

High sodium and hypertension can increase probability By David Dunaief, M.D. Kidney stones, or nephrolithiasis, can be asymptomatic (no symptoms at all) or may present with the classic symptoms of blood in the urine and colicky pain. Pain can be intermittent or...