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The statin debate continues…

Do primary prevention benefits outweigh the risks? By David Dunaief, M.D. Dr. David Dunaief Statins were first approved in the U.S. over 30 years ago. Today, they are one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States. Yet, many in the medical...

Reducing your stroke risk

Medications and lifestyle play important roles By David Dunaief, M.D. Dr. David Dunaief Stroke remains one of the top five causes of mortality and morbidity in the United States (1). While some risk factors are out of our control, like family history and age, many of...

Strategies for reducing COPD exacerbations

Pedometers may help achieve exercise goals By David Dunaief, M.D. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is the third leading cause of mortality in the United States, although it’s not highlighted much in the layman’s press (1). COPD is an umbrella term that...

Defeating heart disease

Taking an active role can reduce your risk significantly By David Dunaief, M.D. Heart disease is so pervasive that men who are 40 years old have a lifetime risk of 49 percent. In other words, about half of men will be affected by heart disease. The statistics are...

Should more people be taking statins?

By David Dunaief, M.D. High cholesterol affects a great number of Americans and cuts across many demographics, affecting young and old and those in between. When we think of hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), what do you think is the mainstay of medical treatment? If...