Critics have knocked the recently updated guidelines on statins for patients at risk of heart disease. While some heart specialist spent years putting together advice for the high risk, others said the guidelines will result in massive overtreament.
Still, health monitoring apps are hot,. The American College of Cardiology is now offering an iPhone/ iPad risk calculator, the Globe’s Daily Dose reports. This paragraph from the Boston.com post was cut off the print version of the story.
The app does instruct doctors to have a discussion about the risks and benefits of statins and to consider patient preferences; whether busy primary care providers will make the time to have that discussion, rather than simply prescribing the drugs, remains to be seen.
The headlines were different as well.
Print: App Calculates Heart Disease
Boston.com: Heart disease risk app may increase statin prescriptions
Don’t like the ACC app? There are already a handful of others.