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Dr. Alvin Lin

Geriatrics
Las Vegas
31 years experience male

Locations

Alvin B. Lin, MD, PLLC

Las Vegas

Address

5564 S Ft Apache Rd, Ste #120, Las Vegas, United States
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

8885057769

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Cigna

United healthcare

Medicare

About

Bio

If you have a specific question or want a consult, contact me on this site to arrange an evening (Pacific Time) or weekend that's good for you.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Geriatrics

Licenses

United States: California, Nevada

Doctor Q&A

5.2K Answers
1.7K Agrees
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Please restate quest: Birth control pills or oral contraceptives are often used to regulate one's menstrual cycle. Obviously, this is not a useful solution if you want to g... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Thanks 4 telling us: I've asked the it folks to look into this asap. Thanks for pointing this out. If you can, add a quick comment as to your operating system (which versi... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Rest, exercise, OTC: 1st read following links from choosingwisely.Org: http://www.Choosingwisely.Org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/aafp-10-things-list.Pdf & http://www.Choosi... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Depends!: The best antibiotic for any given pneumonia depends upon the causative agent. In other words, different bacteria will respond to different antibiotics... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
No: Implanon which is etonogestrel should not affect muscle growth or gain since it is placed just under the skin. You can read more about it here https:/... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Food then supplement: Evidence currently suggests that eating healthy is best way to stay healthy. Attempts to isolate specific factors from food and sell said factors as s... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
It doesn't . . .: Finasteride (and dutasteride) will not lower your testosterone level. In fact, studies show that it might increase it. However, these two 5 Alpha redu... Read More
A 87-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Go see your doctor: Ask why feet are swollen. If it's due to heart or kidney failure, hctz (hydrochlorothiazide) is a pretty weak water pill. If hctz (hydrochlorothiazide... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Yes: And it's ok for guys, too. And several times a day if you have time. As long as this activity doesn't interfere w/school, work, activities, family, fr... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Anemia? Thyroid?: Common reasons for being tired include lack of (quality) sleep, anemia, under active thyroid (hypothyroidism), depression, etc. Common reasons for fee... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Hyperthyroidism: If "more heat generated" in a young male, i think about either an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) or fever (infection). Regardless, best to go se... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
No med w/o SE: There are no medications without (potential) side effects. However, just because a side effect might occur, doesn't mean that it will occur in you. In... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Angioedema: Just about anybody can have an allergic reaction to just about anything, typically manifested as a mild itchy rash. But a more severe reaction is hive... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Search this site: Check out https://www.Healthtap.Com/?Email_link=1#expert/doctor_directory/find_a_doctor and see if you can get to "find a doctor" by location. Better ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Take as directed!!!: Always take your medications as directed. If you want to take your drugs in a different way, ask your prescribing doctor or dispensing pharmacist as s... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Go see your doctor: Swelling of eye lid suggests infection like stye. If headache is in same area as eyeball w/bulging, we worry about orbital cellulitis, especially if i... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Hepatitis: Elevated, well presumably since you're asking but neglected to mention reference range, lft (liver function tests) are indicative of some type of irri... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Practice!: Also, consider asking your doc if you have add/adhd. If so, there are some medications that can be helpful to some people. Check out add/adhd websites... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Patience & more sex!: You're not considered infertile until you've tried to get pregnant for at least 12 months w/o success. While prenatal vitamins won't increase chance o... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Cellulitis/infection: Painful red skin suggests infection. Go see your doctor for evaluation, diagnosis & treatment (antibiotics). Consider warm compresses temporarily to a... Read More
A 74-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Yes & no: Memory loss is memory loss, no matter how you lose it. However, it also depends upon what memory is lost. Vascular dementia or memory loss from many s... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
What's a normal cold: Difficult to diagnose based upon little information given. Stuffy nose & dry cough suggest "normal" cold but hot flashes & chills might be due to infl... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
PAD/PVD; yes: Atherosclerotic calcification refers to arteries plugged w/calcified cholesterol plaques. Because this occurred in arteries to legs, it means you have... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Barrett's esophagus: Esophagitis (alternate spelling in the states) is a result of severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd). With adequate severity & duration, chroni... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
May(be) not: Whether your blood pressure changes or not due to heart problems depends upon problem and its degree. Blood pressure might drop if heart rate starts d... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Colon cancer . . .: After 50yo, we start screening for colon cancer in average risk patients. Detected too late, colon cancer can lead to unintended weight loss, change i... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Mittelschmerz: Mittelschmerz is pain associated w/ovulation. Side that hurts is side that's ovulating although the german word actually refers to "middle pain" or mi... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Heel pain: Sever's disease is an eponym for heel pain in adolescents due to injury of the growth plate of the heel. Check out http://familydoctor.Org/familydocto... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Prevention vs rescue: Go see your family doctor about taking a triptan class of medication to stop the migraine once it's started. Check out my blog post at http://alvinbli... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
PAD/PVD; yes: Atherosclerotic calcification refers to arteries plugged w/calcified cholesterol plaques. Because this occurred in arteries to legs, it means you have... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Concussion = TBI: Concussion is lay term for traumatic brain injury. Check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/concussion/ds00320 for more info. Have someone take you ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
No: Not if put on properly. Check out following for tips on how to put on a condom. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control/condom-10... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Depends . . .: We used to say lower is better and aim for everyone to have goal a1c <7. Since accord trial several yrs ago, we recommend adjusting goal according to ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Boerhaave syndrome?: Boerhaave syndrome is a relatively rare case of esophageal rupture due to vomiting. If you're still feeling poorly several days after drinking alcohol... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Go see your doctor: Need to discuss ortho options eg surgery vs no surgery. Depends upon where it occurred & how clean/bad is break. Also need to discuss best anesthesia ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Mediterranean diet: Mediterranean diet is only one that has solid research demonstrating benefit. Plus there's no commercial benefit or conflict of interest. Lots of vari... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Maybe (not) . . .: It all depends upon how much protein you have in your urine. We commonly offer ace inhibitors or arbs (2 similar blood pressure medications) to patien... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Lots of possibilitie: Go see your doctor. Your thyroid medication may need to be adjusted. Perhaps you're anemic. Depressed. Anxious. Maybe other issues related to your ibs... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Should be . . .: Congrats on deciding to exercise! in general, dietary supplements like fish oil aren't manufactured under 3rd party oversight, so there's the possibil... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Chat w/dietician: It's kinda difficult to go vegetarian, much less vegan, if you don't like many veggies. You don't have to eat fish. Chicken is a good source of protei... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
None: There is no outcome benefit to levocetirizine (xyzal) over Cetirizine (zyrtec). Levocetirizine is just the left mirror image of the chemical while Cet... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Maybe (not): Epocrates.Com lists an ambiguous "weight changes" when looking up adverse reactions for lo loestrin fe. This could mean either weight gain or loss. We... Read More
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Talk to your doc!: Your cholesterol & triglycerides are too high. Proper nutrition could help fix this. Your HDL is too low. Physical activity would raise this. Your TSH... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Ask ur family doc: Las cruces, nm is a pretty small town so it's likely most of the docs know each other, at least by reputation. When looking for a specialist, start by... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Hyperhidrosis: Go see your doctor to be sure you don't have hyperthyroidism which could account for making you feel hot & sweaty. If you have hyperhidrosis (excessiv... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Go see your doctor: Ulcers can occur anywhere & everywhere. I suspect that you may be referring to a peptic ulcer which can cause abdominal (stomach) pain. Best to go see... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Yes but only if . . : Neither epocrates.Com nor drugs.Com mentioned any interaction btwn Amoxicillin & alprazolam. However, it's best that you address this question to your... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Not an easy answer: While we can measure weight & height, normal is tricky b/c ideal changes monthly. Check out http://www.Cdc.Gov/growthcharts/data/set1clinical/cj41c022... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
No: Unequivocally no! there is nothing ok about smoking, not even just a few cigarettes for only a few years. Any use of tobacco increases your risk of c... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Pregnancy? Depressio: If you have engaged in unprotected sexual activity, then yes, you may be pregnant. Only way to find out is to take pregnancy test if you're 4 weeks pa... Read More

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Dec 2, 2012
I have been absolutely impressed with Dr. Lin! Not only does he provide very accurate and well thought out answers in this forum, he does so with compassion, concern and sometimes humor to help his p...Read More
Dr. Lisa Wilson
Dec 2, 2012
Alvin Lin is a very dedicated physician who absolutely keeps up with the literature. As a result, any patient of his can be assured that they will always get the most current evidence based treatment ...Read More
Jan 8, 2013
Dr. Lin is a remarkable and welcomed addition to the Avvo community. His answers are not only succinct and accurate, but they show just how much he cares for his profession and his patients. I am hono...Read More
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Thank you. He has an appt next week. He's never had a blood transfusion or does drugs and not sexual with anyone other than me and has had Bloodwork done every 6 months or less since last June and thi...Read More
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This saved my life. Thank you. This started after many TPI's, Facet Joint Inj's and epidurals from a pain mgt spec. All steroids. Totally forgot about those treatments 2007-2009! (I knew it wasn't hyp...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for the input it takes a very long time to get in to see my doctor where I live, I am on birth control, it still happens when I skip my period, but now I know ...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Wake Forest University School of Medicine, NC
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

CONTRA COSTA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 1994

Awards

Top Doctor 2012 (Family Medicine), Las Vegas Life
Top Doctor 2012 (Geriatric Medicine), Las Vegas Life
Faculty Preceptor of the Year 2012, UNSOM Family Medicine Las Vegas

Affiliations

American Academy of Family Physicians
Nevada Academy of Family Physicians (President)

Publications

http://www.annalsoflongtermcare.com/blogs
http://www.clinicalgeriatrics.com/blogs
http://www.consultant360.com/blogs
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