- -07-29-08 Preventing Sudden Death in Young Athletes (USA Today)
"Since 1985, the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation has collected information about more than 600 sudden deaths in young athletes, mostly due to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart muscle that can block blood flow."
"One useful addition to the routine sports physical examination would be a 5-minute echocardiogram, which uses ultrasound to look at the heart, University of Wisconsin researchers write in the July issue of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography." 07-08
- -Major Shift in Guidelines for Chloresterol (CNN News)
"In what's being called a tectonic shift in the way doctors will treat high cholesterol, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology on Tuesday released new treatment guidelines calling for a focus on risk factors rather than just cholesterol levels."
"The new guidelines could double the amount of people on medication to lower their cholesterol, experts say."
- -Major Shift in Guidelines for Chloresterol Questioned (New York Times)
"Last week, the nation’s leading heart organizations released a sweeping new set of guidelines for lowering cholesterol, along with an online calculator meant to help doctors assess risks and treatment options. But, in a major embarrassment to the health groups, the calculator appears to greatly overestimate risk, so much so that it could mistakenly suggest that millions more people are candidates for statin drugs."
- -Seven Surprising Signs of an Unhealthy Heart (Caring.com)
"Here are seven surprising clues that your heart needs a check. Any of these signs -- and particularly two or more together -- should send you to the doctor for tests." 02-14
- -Striking New Drug for Cholesterol (CBS News)
" 'It lowered bad cholesterol by a whopping 60 percent, which is really unheard of,' Dr. Daniel Yadegar, a cardiologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, told CBS News."
"Not only did the drugs cut LDL or bad cholesterol, they also lowered the risk of suffering a heart problem or dying of cardiac arrest by about 50 percent, researchers found." 3-15
- -Study: More Steps Correlate with Fewer Heart Attacks (Healthland.Time.com)
"Walking can lower your risk of having a heart attack, as any doctor will tell you. Now scientists have found out exactly how many steps it takes to keep you ticker healthy." 12-13
- -Study: New Medication Helps Prevent Heart Failure (CBS News)
"A new drug could change the way heart failure is treated. The drug, a combination of two others, works to rebalance the blood’s chemistry and bring circulation back to normal. Jim Axelrod reports." 08-14
- Heart Pill Could Save Millions (CBS News)
"A three-in-one pill being developed to treat heart disease could save millions, particularly in developing countries where most heart attacks occur, experts said Monday at the World Congress of Cardiology." 09-06
- Lowering Cholesterol Naturally (Huffington Post)
"What do you think of conventional medicine's tendency to prescribe medications over dietary and lifestyle change for chronic health conditions?" 01-11
- New Heart Attack Tests Recommended (CBS News)
"It's time to change the way doctors predict heart attacks and stroke, says a group of prominent cardiologists. They call for routine use of CT scans to directly measure artery-clogging plaque, or ultrasounds to directly measure narrowing of the arteries."
According to Naghavi, " 'For the very first time in heart medicine, we now have a test that can show someone has up to a 65-fold increased risk of a heart attack,' he says. 'With the traditional risk factors, the biggest risk is high cholesterol, which has only up to 4.5-fold increased risk. So you can see how much of a jump in prediction we get from this.' ” 07-06
- Study: 27,000 Heart Attacks Associated Vioxx (USA Today)
"The study, an analysis of a database of 1.4 million Kaiser Permanente members, found that those who took Vioxx were more likely to suffer a heart attack or sudden cardiac death than those who took Celebrex, Vioxx's main rival. Based on their findings, Graham and his collaborators linked Vioxx to more than 27,000 heart attacks or sudden cardiac deaths nationwide from the time it came on the market in 1999 through 2003." 11-04