Over-treatment? There’s an app for that

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 … Continue reading Over-treatment? There’s an app for that

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A round-up: The new and maybe-not-improved statin guidelines

See NYTimes to catch up on the debate over new guidelines from the American Heart Association that would vastly expand the use of cholesterol-lowering statins.  Here's a Nov. 25 update.  It was supposed to be a moment of triumph. An august committee had for the first time relied only on the most rigorous scientific evidence … Continue reading A round-up: The new and maybe-not-improved statin guidelines

Don’t have a hot attack: Framingham Heart Study carries on

What is up with the Framingham Heart Study? That long-running research project has been tracking the cardiac health of hundreds of local folk for decades.  (The algorithm used to estimate the 10-year risk of heart disease is called the "The Framingham Risk Score.") A story and a blog post recently reported woefully about a 40 percent sequester … Continue reading Don’t have a hot attack: Framingham Heart Study carries on

Boston docs on debate over cholesterol screening for kids

A couple of Boston-area docs weigh in on charges of industry influence in the debate over whether to test kids for cholesterol.  From the Globe: CHICAGO — Should all US children be tested for high cholesterol? Doctors are still debating that question months after a government-appointed panel recommended widespread screening that would lead to prescribing … Continue reading Boston docs on debate over cholesterol screening for kids

Caution or stubbornness? Boston docs shun new heart procedure

Boston-area docs are known for their reluctance to adopt new procedures. The Washington Post reports that holds true for a new approach to angioplasty. Instead of steering the catheter into the coronary arteries through the groin, some docs go through the wrist. Questions about the best method of performing cardiac catheterizations, one of the most … Continue reading Caution or stubbornness? Boston docs shun new heart procedure