Monthly Archives: December 2014

Budgets and Heart Failure

High blood pressure is known as the silent killer. A patient with chronic hypertension may go for years without any disturbing symptoms. On the surface all may seem calm. This sometimes gives patients a false sense of security, and may lead them to be inconsistent when taking their blood pressure medication and monitoring their lifestyle. However,

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Making the Plunge

My scalpel hovered over the unblemished skin of my cadaver.  The instructions were clear: make a cut from the base of the neck, down the midline of the chest and abdomen, and end at the pubic symphysis.  My gloved fingertips gripped my scalpel tightly.  I had never cut a cadaver before.  Heck, before this moment I had

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