FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 -- Sometimes the treatment for heart problems may be more aggressive than it needs to be, according to Consumer Reports.
Heart disease requires emergency medical attention when someone is having active symptoms, such as chest pain and shortness of breath. But excessive heart screening tests associated with false alarms can cause unnecessary anxiety and lead to a series of costly and risky procedures, the new report stated.
MONDAY, April 3, 2017 -- People with heart disease may fare better when they feel they can trust and talk to their doctor, two new studies suggest.
In one study, researchers found that heart patients who thought their doctors were good communicators were more likely to take aspirin and cholesterol-lowering drugs. They were also less likely to land in the ER.
TUESDAY, April 18, 2017 -- Conflicting guidelines on statin use could leave about 9 million Americans unsure about treatment, a new study suggests.
Researchers estimate that if all doctors followed the latest guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for the cholesterol-lowering drugs, the number of Americans aged 40 to 75 on statin medications would rise by 16 percent.
TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 -- Getting people worldwide to eat more fruits and vegetables could significantly reduce disability and premature death from heart disease, researchers report.
For the study, investigators analyzed data and previous studies to determine how fruit and vegetable consumption affected the number of "heart disease-related disability-adjusted life years" (DALYs) -- healthy years lost to disability or death -- in 195 countries. Each DALY is one lost year of healthy life.