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According to a recent study published in The Lancet, there needs to be a revision of current clinical guidelines for patients who are already at high risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Specifically, the study revealed that several major clinical guidelines on managing high blood pressure have actually raised blood pressure targets from 130/85mmHg to 140/90mmHg for high-risk patients.

Instead, treating blood pressure to a lower level than the currently recommended targets (which, until now, have been widely regarded as acceptable), will result in better health outcomes for patients. Indeed, a more intensive management of high blood pressure achieved lower systolic blood pressure and reduced the risk of heart attack by nearly 14% and stroke by roughly a quarter.

High blood pressure is commonly known as the “silent killer” – and poor management can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Bottar Law, PLLC has decades of experience investigating and pursuing claims for cardiovascular deaths. If you have questions about care that you, or a loved one received, do not hesitate to contact us.

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According to a study published this week in the Journal of Pediatrics titled “Prescription Opioid Epidemic and Infant Outcomes,” the use of prescription narcotic painkillers during pregnancy increases the risk that a baby will be born small or early, as well as the risk of drug withdrawal known as neonatal abstinence syndrome.

The study included the analysis of medical records for more than 112,000 women in the Tennessee Medicaid program between 2009 and 2011. Of those women, approximately 28% filled a prescription for at least one narcotic painkiller — mostly short acting medications such as hydrocodone or oxycodone.  According to the authors, prescription narcotic painkillers are “commonly prescribed in pregnancy.”

Babies born small or early are at greater risk for labor and delivery complications, as well as neonatal complications, including:

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