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White Coat Hypertension

White Coat Hypertension

"My blood pressure is only high when I am at the doctor's office."  This comment is a frequently heard in health care settings, and is clinically known as white coat hypertension.  We used to think that this finding was benign, but a recent study published in the New...

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Palpitations

Palpitations

A frequent medical office visit is for the complaint of one's heart beating hard, fast and/or skipping beats.  This is known as palpitations, and is a very common problem with multiple causes, some of which are serious.  Generally, the reasons for this problem falls...

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What is a Cold Sore?

What is a Cold Sore?

Ouch!  Once you get a cold sore blister, odds are quite high that it will recur in the same spot over and over again for the rest of your life, sometimes up to a dozen times a year.  Known as herpes labialis, it is caused by the same kind of virus that causes genital...

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What to do for Shingles

What to do for Shingles

Herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles, is a localized, blistering rash which is usually quite painful and more common in those over 60.  The rash usually lasts up to two weeks, but the pain can often continue indefinitely.  It develops as a localized reactivation...

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