Patients over the age of 75 with osteoporosis are at higher risk of a fracture should they sustain a fall. Our nurse is offering teaching, resources, and referrals to a community program for select high risk patients.
When taken long term, sleeping and anxiety medications such as Imovane, Ativan, and Diazepam can cause daytime drowsiness, memory issues, and increase the risk of falls. Our physicians and nurse are working with the North York Family Health Team pharmacists and social workers to safely reduce or stop these medications. Find out more about the harms of these medications here.
Some patients may be inappropriately taking a class of antacid medications called “Proton Pump Inhibitors” (PPI). Long term (>8 weeks), these medications can increase a patient’s risk of fracture, pneumonia, diarrhea, and vitamin deficiencies such as B12 and magnesium. Speak to your doctor to find out if your PPI medication is still required. Find out more about the harms of these medications here.
Our Family Health Team is doing a study on the link between financial wellbeing and health. This is because other Canadian studies show that if we ask these questions, we can sometimes help people who are struggling. It is completely voluntary. At your next appointment you may be asked a question about money depending on your postal code.
Male patients between the ages of 65-70 with a history of smoking may benefit from a one-time ultrasound to screen for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). This group of patients are at higher risk of an AAA and if caught early, can undergo treatment to decrease mortality. Speak to your physician if you are interested in being screened.