December 2018 Heart Health

Revisiting "Right to Try" Legislation

January 08, 2019

Legal Focus

In summer 2016, Pharmacy Times® published an article titled “‘Right to Try’ Legislation: A Developing Legal Issue Related to Medications” that discussed the basics of a popular health policy issue.

You Cannot Beat a Healthy Heart: How Brown Bagging Can Bring Clarity

December 17, 2018

Brown Bag Consult

Brown bag consults can be essential educational and safety tools to measure and ensure quality care. By asking patients to bring in all their current medications, including OTC, mail-order, specialty, and herbal products, pharmacists can guarantee appropriate and up-to-date care.

Hypertension Treatment Guidelines Update

December 14, 2018

Patient Counseling

Health care providers often encounter patients with high blood pressure, especially systolic, who come and go without proper treatment and eventually end up in the hospital with a heart attack, kidney failure, or a stroke.

Which Left Ventricular Assist Device Is Best?

December 14, 2018

Health and Wellness

Advanced heart failure leads to significant limitations, affecting functional status, quality of life, and survival, despite optimal medical treatment with evidence-based therapies.

The Fish Oil Story

December 13, 2018

OTC Focus

In the 1970s, investigators discovered that Eskimos, particularly Greenland Inuit, and other populations, such as the Japanese, had very low rates of myocardial infarction and other coronary events, despite consuming large amounts of fat derived from fish.

Hyperkalemia: Caught in a Bind?

December 12, 2018

Feature Focus

Hyperkalemia, used to describe an elevated level of potassium in the blood, occurs when there is a disturbance in the balance between intake and elimination or a shift of potassium between the intracellular and extracellular spaces.

Surprise! Care Coordination Requires Relationships With Other Care Team Members

December 01, 2018

Editor's Note

I have had the privilege over the past nearly 2 decades to work with a great team of experts at Community Care of North Carolina and its more than 2000 affiliated practices in community-based care delivery and the patient-centered medical home movement.