Medical Information

Echocardiogram
An echocardiogram is a moving picture of the heart with ultrasound. It shows the chambers, size, their valves and their movement, and even the blood flow. Valves that do not open properly or that leak can be precisely assessed.

Nuclear Stress Test
A nuclear stress test is a way to determine if the heart muscle is getting enough blood. A small amount of tracer is injected in your arm through an IV and a camera is used to obtain an image of the heart. Afterwards, blood flow to the heart is increased either with exercise on a treadmill or with medication. If an artery is significantly blocked, an area of the heart muscle will pick up less of the tracer and appear “cold” on the scan image.

Medication
Medications, whether prescribed, or over-the-counter, can play an important role in health and wellness. Each person’s metabolism and overall health impacts the way medication is absorbed and how medications may interact with each other, or with foods. For this reason it is critical that your physician be made aware of every medication and supplement you are taking, and it is essential that all medications are taken as prescribed.

Following are some of our favorite websites about safe and proper use, storage, and administration of medicines:

What You Need to Know to Use Medicine Safely - Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Get the Facts About Your Medication - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Drug Safety - National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Fact Sheet: What You Can Do to Avoid Medication Errors* - Institute of Medicine
Educate Before You Medicate* - National Council on Patient Information
Over the Counter Medication Safety* - Consumer Health Products Association
Taking Medicines Safety - National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Medication Use Safety Training for Seniors* - National Council on Patient Information and Education
Using Medications Wisely* - AARP
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