The Exchange

Commentary and Observations from
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Ben Taylor, PA-C, PhD, DFAAPA

Ben Taylor, PA-C, PhD, DFAAPA

  • Clinical Faculty
  • Augusta University
  • Augusta, Georgia
  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Rocky Mountain University
  • Provo, Utah
<a href='/the-exchange/heart-disease-and-cancer-risk'>Heart Disease and Cancer Risk </a>

Heart Disease and Cancer Risk

According to data to be presented this month at the American Heart Association's (AHA) 2019 Scientific Sessions, heart attack survivors may have an increased risk of developing cancer compared to individuals without cardiovascular (CV) disease, and in general, the risk increases with the number of CV risk factors an individual has. more >

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<a href='/the-exchange/measles-and-immunity'>Measles and Immunity</a>

Measles and Immunity

Measles is a highly contagious viral illness, currently targeted for eradication given the favorable biologic characteristic that humans are the only more >

<a href='/the-exchange/prescription-drug-misuse-in-the-united-states'>Prescription Drug Misuse in the United States</a>

Prescription Drug Misuse in the United States

Narcotic prescription medications have important medical uses, but they also stimulate the reward center of the brain. In susceptible individuals, this can more >

<a href='/the-exchange/management-of-patients-with-suspected-evali'>Management of Patients with Suspected EVALI</a>

Management of Patients with Suspected EVALI

Over the last several years there has been a dramatic spike in individuals vaping, and we have witnessed the associated injuries—including burns and lung more >

<a href='/the-exchange/left-main-coronary-artery-occlusion-st-elevation-in-avr'>Left Main Coronary Artery Occlusion: ST Elevation in aVR</a>

Left Main Coronary Artery Occlusion: ST Elevation in aVR

During my ECG training, we were taught that the findings from lead aVR were only important for supportive evidence of pericarditis. I subsequently learned more >

<a href='/the-exchange/the-hints-examination-in-vertigo'>The “HINTS” Examination in Vertigo</a>

The “HINTS” Examination in Vertigo

Vertigo is a symptom, not a diagnosis. It presents a unique problem for many clinicians because it is symptomatic of a plethora of diagnoses, ranging from more >

<a href='/the-exchange/thoracic-aortic-aneurysm-part-2-'>Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm (Part 2)</a>

Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm (Part 2)

Thoracic aortic aneurysms often expand slowly over time and usually without symptoms, making them difficult to detect. Some aneurysms never rupture. Many start more >

<a href='/the-exchange/thoracic-aortic-aneurysm-part-1-'>Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm (Part 1)</a>

Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm (Part 1)

Thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAA) are located above the diaphragm, may involve one or more aortic segments (aortic root, ascending aorta, arch, or descending more >

<a href='/the-exchange/energy-drinks-tied-to-qtc-prolongation'>Energy Drinks Tied to QTc Prolongation</a>

Energy Drinks Tied to QTc Prolongation

Consuming caffeinated energy drinks is associated with QTc interval prolongation, which is a risk factor for torsades de pointes, according to a small study in more >

<a href='/the-exchange/updated-beers-criteria-for-potentially-inappropriate-medication-use-in-older-adults'>Updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults</a>

Updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults

The American Geriatrics Society 2019 Updated Beers Criteria—updated from 2015—are designed to reduce older adults' drug-related problems including, but not more >

<a href='/the-exchange/acute-renal-failure-after-cancer-treatment'>Acute Renal Failure After Cancer Treatment</a>

Acute Renal Failure After Cancer Treatment

Acute renal failure (ARF) in cancer patients is a dreadful complication that causes substantial morbidity and mortality. ARF is defined as a sustained and more >

<a href='/the-exchange/the-mediterranean-diet-and-cardiovascular-disease'>The Mediterranean Diet and Cardiovascular Disease</a>

The Mediterranean Diet and Cardiovascular Disease

The Mediterranean diet represents the most notable overall dietary pattern in nutritional epidemiology that has been extensively studied over the last 2 more >

<a href='/the-exchange/advanced-practice-providers-and-liability-risk'>Advanced Practice Providers and Liability Risk</a>

Advanced Practice Providers and Liability Risk

It is a misconception that advanced practice providers can’t get sued because any errors are a physician’s responsibility. PAs and NPs can and do make more >

<a href='/the-exchange/procalcitonin-levels-in-the-management-of-copd-exacerbations'>Procalcitonin Levels in the Management of COPD Exacerbations</a>

Procalcitonin Levels in the Management of COPD Exacerbations

The use of procalcitonin-based protocols to guide the decision to administer antibiotics has been evaluated in infections of different origins and settings. A more >

<a href='/the-exchange/hypertension-in-the-pediatric-population'>Hypertension in the Pediatric Population</a>

Hypertension in the Pediatric Population

The prevalence of systemic hypertension (HTN) in the pediatric population is now commonly observed to be increasing, especially in view of the growing more >

<a href='/the-exchange/fluoroquinolone-use-and-the-potential-risk-for-aortic-aneurysm-or-dissection'>Fluoroquinolone Use and the Potential Risk for Aortic Aneurysm or Dissection</a>

Fluoroquinolone Use and the Potential Risk for Aortic Aneurysm or Dissection

Fluoroquinolones have long been a popular class of antibiotics for use in a myriad of infections. There are even newer fluoroquinolones that have been more >

<a href='/the-exchange/aspirin-use-for-ascvd-prevention'>Aspirin Use for ASCVD Prevention</a>

Aspirin Use for ASCVD Prevention

For decades aspirin has been a staple of primary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) in at-risk populations, based on recommendations more >

<a href='/the-exchange/treating-the-hypertensive-patient-with-chronic-kidney-disease'>Treating the Hypertensive Patient With Chronic Kidney Disease</a>

Treating the Hypertensive Patient With Chronic Kidney Disease

Hypertension (HTN) is present in approximately 80% to 85% of patients with chronic kidney disease. Uncontrolled HTN is the second leading cause of kidney more >

<a href='/the-exchange/anticoagulants-and-recurrent-thrombosis'>Anticoagulants and Recurrent Thrombosis </a>

Anticoagulants and Recurrent Thrombosis

The other day a student asked me, “If a patient is taking a blood thinner for a previous venous thromboembolism (VTE), is it still possible for them to get a more >

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