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True or False: High blood pressure drugs add to COVID-19 complications or risk.

False. The American Heart Association recommends that patients who take certain high blood pressure medications, called ACE inhibitors or ARBs, and who contract COVID-19 should continue treatment...

Are facial coverings other than traditional masks (gaiters, bandanas, etc.) effective?

Wearing a face covering helps prevent the spread of infectious respiratory droplets from one person to another. Cloth masks reduce the spread of droplets when the mask completely covers the nose...

Does a PM 2.5 filter help with coronavirus?

Cloth masks made of two layers of heavyweight cotton, especially those with a thicker and tighter weave, have been shown to be helpful in preventing the spread of respiratory droplets if worn...

Is it safe to wear a mask while participating in low-impact exercise indoors?

The CDC recommends using face coverings when exercise type and intensity allows. This includes wearing a face covering when walking on an indoor track, stretching, or when practicing low-intensity...

Does the flu vaccine interfere with the body's ability to fight off coronavirus?

The seasonal influenza vaccine will not interfere with the body’s ability to fight off COVID-19. Both the SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses will be circulating in our communities this fall and...

If UV rays can kill viruses, is wearing sunblock a bad idea during the coronavirus pandemic?

There are three types of UV light that come from the sun: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C, with almost all the UV radiation that reaches the earth’s surface being UV-A or UV-B. UV-C is what can act as a...

Trusting our Twin Daughters to UAB Was the Right Choice

When we found out we were expecting twins, we were nervous about the usual things you expect when you first hear the word “twins”: twice the feedings, twice the diapers, and twice the sleepless...

The 20/20 Initiative: Bringing Clarity to Your Vision

At UAB Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics and the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, we are focused on delivering innovative eye care and pioneering breakthroughs in the...

Important Information for UAB Patients

Dear UAB Medicine Patients and Family Members,

You have always trusted us with your care, so rest assured that UAB Medicine will continue providing essential medical services throughout...

Remember to Protect Your Eyes During UV Safety Month

July is UV Safety month, and UAB Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics wants to remind you that your skin isn’t the only area you need to protect from UV rays – don’t forget about your eyes....

7 Things Your Cardiologist Wishes You Knew

For Heart Month, we polled a team of cardiologists at UAB Medicine and asked them what words of wisdom they had to share when it comes to heart health.  We've all heard the cold,...

Can Your Family History Determine Your Risk for Heart Disease?

Your family medical history should be as familiar to you as your own medical history. Yet, most adults are unfamiliar with their family's medical past. What's contained in it could be the...

Exercise Your Way to Heart Health

You know it's important to keep your heart healthy through a regular exercise routine. However, the holidays can be busy and stressful, and typically don't leave much time for taking care...

Raise your Good Cholesterol for Heart Health

You hear it all the time – lower your cholesterol to increase your heart health. And yes, lowering your cholesterol is an important step to decreasing your risk for heart attack and...

Aspirin Therapy Guidelines

The use of daily aspirin to fight cardiovascular disease has been a long-standing debate between medical professionals. Because of the increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding,...

Take Charge of Your Heart

What You Know About Cardiovascular Disease Could Save Your Life – Or Someone You Love How much do you know about cardiovascular disease?  If you’re in good health, you may think...

Keeping Heart Attacks Away

If you’ve been wondering whether cholesterol-lowering medications and other preventive measures really make a difference in whether or not you will suffer a heart attack, take cheer....

Watch Out for "Hidden Salt": Processed foods are a culprit for heart attacks.

Studies have shown that cutting salt in our diets could prevent almost 500,000 heart attacks a year. Even if you don’t use the salt shaker, the average American consumes more than twice...

Cardiac rehab reduces death, but is under-utilized

After two heart attacks and 10 stents, Rick Vinson had a decision to make — do nothing and likely die from heart disease like his father or take a chance at having a long life. ...