Patient Education

Asthma Treatment and Medications

Asthma treatment involves the use of "rescue" medications to treat asthma symptoms and "preventive" medications to keep asthma under control, as well as a plan to track and manage your asthma symptoms. See your internist about asthma treatment options and to develop a personalized Asthma Action Plan. More...

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of heart arrhythmia. It occurs when the heart's upper and lower chambers don't work together as they should. Some people experience chest pain or heart failure, but many have no symptoms even without symptoms, AF increases the risk of developing stroke. Your internist may recommend treating AF with medications, a medical procedure, and/or lifestyle changes. Blood-thinning medication may also be prescribed to reduce the risk of stroke. More...

Cholesterol-Lowering Medications

If you cannot bring your blood cholesterol levels to healthy level through proper diet and exercise, your doctor may recommend a medication, such as a "statin", to lower your cholesterol. Medications do not "cure" high cholesterol so they must be taken regularly to keep your cholesterol levels in the recommended range. More...

COPD Management

COPD leads to a variety of respiratory symptoms, including cough and difficulty breathing. Symptoms come and go and additional treatment is often required during periods of worsening symptoms (exacertabtions). There is no cure for COPD, but there are several inhaled medications that can help to control the symptoms. If COPD symptoms suddenly worsen, it is important to call your pulmonologist who may prescribe different inhaled medications or an antibiotic and recommend that you be seen for further evaluation. More...

Shingles (Zoster) Vaccine

The CDC recommends that healthy adults 50 years and older get two doses of the Shingrix® vaccine separated by 2 to 6 months, to prevent shingles and other complications from the disease. 2 doses of Shingrix® is more than 90% effective at preventing shingles and related conditions. More...

Diabetes - Type 2

Type 2 diabetes, formerly called "adult-onset diabetes", is the most common form of diabetes. About 95% of people with diabetes have type 2. Your internist can diagnose diabetes through blood tests that show elevated blood sugar levels. Managing diabetes requires lifestyle changes (diet, exercise)and monitoring blood sugar levels. In some cases, one or more diabetes medications may be prescribed. More...