“It’s important to weigh the pros and cons of treatment options for each person”, Dr. Khoubyari said.
“In my field, it’s easy to just do invasive procedures, which are often very effective,” he said. “But when it comes to the elderly or frail population, we have to look at the bigger picture. We need to balance the benefits and risks for each person.”
“Diet and lifestyle can be just as important as taking medications and undergoing procedures”, Dr. Khoubyari said. “I don’t prescribe medication unless it’s absolutely necessary,” he said. “I believe that if I can help my patients have a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle, like exercising or losing weight, that's the medication.”
“When patients do need medication, they get help to make sure they’re taking the right drugs that work well together — and taking them properly. We have a very good team of pharmacists who help our patients manage their medications,” Dr. Khoubyari said. “They set up a time with the patient, go over their medications and tell them what each medication is for. If there is any medication that is a mistake or unnecessary, they get rid of it.”