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Know your risk for heart disease before taking statins

Know your risk for heart disease  before taking statins

A study published last month in the Archives of Internal Medicine reported that there was an increased risk of diabetes in patients taking statins to lower cholesterol levels. This occurred mostly in patients who were taking high doses of statins. In the study, 6.4% of women who didn’t use statins developed diabetes during the eight to […]

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The Scary but Serious Truth About Women and Heart Disease

If I told you that, every year, about the same number of women under the age of 55 die from heart attacks as from breast cancer, would you be surprised? If you are, you’re not alone; most women and many of the doctors who care for them are clueless that a woman’s heart can pose […]

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Speedy Treatment Saves Lives

Speedy Treatment Saves Lives

Patients who survive heart attacks receive balloon angioplasty within 90 minutes of arrival at the hospital (door-to-balloon time). Using best patient practices established at the best performing hospitals, an effort was made to achieve these results throughout our healthcare system. A study in 2006 showed that only a third of patients received angioplasty within 90 […]

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PSA Screening-There’s More To Good Health Than Being Screened for Prostate Cancer

Although men have a 16% chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, there’s just a 4% chance of dying from the disease. This is because it’s a slow growing cancer which often strikes older men. On the other hand, cardiovascular disease is far more fatal and much more ignored. Our risk of dying from a heart attack beginning […]

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Let’s Apply What We Know Evidence-Based Medicine Towards the Practice of Medicine Before Spending More On Effective Treatments

Over one billion dollars of the economic stimulus package will be used to study which procedures, drugs, and devices are the most effective to treat disease and carry the least risk to the patient (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/16/health/policy/16health.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Stimulus%20Bill%20Gives%20%241.1%20Billion%20for%20Comparative%20Effectiveness%20Research&st=cse, (http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/). We already have scientific evidence that many of our most expensive tests and treatments are unneccessary, risky and very expensive, adding over $700 […]

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