Taking Medication as Prescribed: Why It Matters

Emmanuel Kim, PharmD, is a clinical pharmacy specialist providing support for more than 40 Inova primary care clinics. He works alongside health care providers to help patients manage and optimize their prescription medications. Medication only works if you take it — and take it correctly. But about 50% of the time, prescription drugs aren’t effective…

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Is It Time for a Colonoscopy?

Luna Asrar, MD is a board-certified primary care physician practicing family medicine at Inova Primary Care – Ashburn Filigree Court. She enjoys treating people of all ages, with a special interest in health promotion and disease prevention. Seeing the bigger picture is important — especially when it involves screening for colorectal cancer (also called colon…

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Need More Exercise? 7 Tips to Help You Get Moving

Andrew Lam, MD is a board-certified primary care physician practicing family medicine at Fairfax Family Practice . Dr. Lam is passionate about making medical concepts easy to understand so that people of all ages can take better care of their health. He guides patients to wellness both in his practice and through the “Well on…

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Aspirin Use: Significant Change in National Guidelines for Taking Aspirin to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke

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The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently finalized new guidance advising against daily aspirin use by certain people to prevent a first heart attack or stroke – a reversal of the panel’s 2016 recommendations.    In general, for people 40 to 59 years of age who are at increased risk of developing heart…

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Smoking Cessation: 5 Tips to Help You Quit for Good

Quit Smoking for Good

Christian Machado, MD is a board-certified primary care physician practicing family medicine at Inova Medical Group – Annandale. He loves working with patients to understand what motivates them so he can help them work toward healthier lifestyle choices. Wanting to stop smoking is easy—approximately 68% of adult smokers say they want to quit. Around half of…

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Answering Parents’ Questions About Childhood Vaccines

Emily R. Faltemier, MD, is board-certified in family medicine and specializes in pediatrics, women’s health and primary care for adults. Dr. Faltemier sees patients at Family Medicine of Clifton/Centreville. The Internet is full of misleading or downright false information about vaccines. Parents want to do what’s best for their children, but they get conflicting messages.…

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Five Steps to Better Skin Cancer Prevention

Donald J. Brideau, MD, is a board-certified primary care physician with a special interest in dermatology. He practices family medicine at Inova Primary Care – Lorton. Skin is your body’s largest organ. It keeps your other organs safe from the elements and infection while helping to regulate your body temperature. But with all that exposure,…

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