Columns by Merle Myerson, M.D.

September 2014 - Should I Have Cardiac Testing?
Stress tests can help determine your cardiovascular risk factors

June 2013 - Metabolic Syndrome and Prediabetes
Treating metabolic risk factors can help prevent progression to diabetes.

July 2012 - An Aspirin a Day?
What people with diabetes should know about taking aspirin.

March 2012 - FDA Announces Safety Changes in Labels on Statin Drugs
Treatment remains key to decreasing risk of heart disease.

Dec. 2011 - Cardiovascular Laboratory Testing Q&A
Understanding your lipid results.

Sept. 2011 - Treating Abnormal Lipids
Lifestyle changes, possibly medications required to bring you back to middle ground.

June 2011 - Know Your Blood Pressure
Get the numbers to avoid hypertension.

March 2011 - Triglycerides — The Less "Famous" Lipid
Necessary fat yet another to watch out for.

Last Modified Date: October 24, 2014

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