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March 2017 Archives

Not all people with high blood pressure need treatment

A study completed at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre indicates that about a fifth of individuals treated for hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, actually do not require the treatment. The reason for this is that many Oklahoma residents do not actually have the problem, which is that blood exerts too much pressure on artery walls.

Cargo securement to be focus of inspection blitz

Commercial truck drivers from Oklahoma and drivers from throughout the country may be subject to a North American Standard Level I inspection during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's International Roadcheck inspection blitz. The inspection blitz will occur June 6-8.

FDA warns about dangers of experimental procedure

Oklahoma residents may be interested to learn that, on March 8, the Food and Drug Administration warned that an experimental procedure that was being promoted as a potential treatment showed no evidence that it was safe or effective. The procedure, called transvascular autonomic modulation, involves inflating a small balloon into narrowed veins to try and improve blood flow.

Common reasons misdiagnosis happens

Oklahoma patients could receive improper diagnoses for a variety of reasons. In some cases, a lack of time spent with a patient or doctor bias could cause a physician to come to a conclusion that may not be correct. Patients themselves may not tell their doctors everything they need to know to make a proper diagnosis. It may also be possible that human error in a lab could result in a false result. A lab test may also fail because of the limitations inherent in that test.

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