PodMed – Week of November 3, 2104


This week’s topics include best medication for initial diabetes therapy, Ebola update, lowering blood pressure after stroke, and an LDL variant and aortic valve disease.

Program notes:

0:41 Ebola update in NEJM
1:41 Case fatality rate 74%
2:39 Even with fever don’t have detectable virus for a few more days
3:34 Let’s base this on sound science
3:50 Blood pressure lowering after stroke
4:50 Blood pressure medicine initiated, continued or discontinued
5:51 Used to be based on ‘common sense’
6:11 Initial therapy for folks with DM
7:09 No difference in adverse events
8:07 Due to marketing of other medications
8:33 An LDL variant and aortic stenosis
9:23 There is a clear association
10:20 End

Related blog: http://podblog.blogs.hopkinsmedicine.org/2014/10/31/diabetes-drug-of-choice/