If you’re convinced that you’ll be tortured by hot flashes and temperature disruptions, then you certainly will be. But if you’re disciplined about taking the steps described, you’ll have non-medical tools to diminish the impact of the hot flashes.
Today on Medical Monday, Dr. Megan Riddle provides a thoughtful discussion of depression and the menopausal transition that will be helpful for women who need more than just lifestyle change, meditation, exercise, or even hormone therapy for control of depression.
Should you stop taking Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI)? This commonly prescribed class of drugs has again been in the news this year with concerns raised about associations with dementia and renal (kidney) impairment. While PPI may promote the problems reported, they may also be more of a marker of other high-risk behaviors rather than the cause of the conditions discussed.
There’s good news: New studies indicate that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy may provide drug-free management of the distressing hot flashes and night sweats that often occur after breast cancer treatment and during the menopausal transition.
This week’s post addresses the concerns of a 53-year old woman who has suffered heart failure. Dr. Patricia Allen has asked cardiologist Dr. James Blake, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, to describe the diagnosis and treatment of early congestive heart failure, especially in women.