Tonight 11/20: Heart disease and inflammation explained to you, not in a lecture hall but in an Irish pub

From the Science by the Pint website. Full schedule below Dr. Peter Libby of Harvard Medical School Fanning the Flames: New Links Between Inflammation and Heart Disease Monday, November 20th, 6:30-8:30 at The Burren (247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144) (directions) Half of all heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol levels. For decades, … Continue reading Tonight 11/20: Heart disease and inflammation explained to you, not in a lecture hall but in an Irish pub

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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

Mediterranean diet and heart disease: Spanish study finds reduction in stroke, cardiac death rates

From the Globe Spanish researchers tracked thousands of participants over roughly five years and found a 30 percent reduction in the rate of heart disease, primarily strokes, among the Mediterranean diet eaters compared with those who consumed more traditional low-fat fare. That diet included more starch and grains, but fewer nuts and oils. Earlier studies … Continue reading Mediterranean diet and heart disease: Spanish study finds reduction in stroke, cardiac death rates

UCSF v. Beth Israel on FDA on heart device safety

Docs from BI, working with the Food and Drug Administration, released a study this week suggesting that medical device makers are providing weak evidence to support the efficacy and safety of products, in particular cardiovascular devices like stents and implanted defibrillators. The study was release earlier to counter a similar study in the Journal of … Continue reading UCSF v. Beth Israel on FDA on heart device safety