How education can save your life

It is known that education decreases the incidence of cardiovascular disease. New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Public Health demonstrates that education is also correlated with lower blood pressure and a decrease in…

Guidelines and reality

Whether doctors have knowledge of guidelines or not appears to be unsuitable as an indicator of how guidelines are being put into practice in the clinical routine.
Taking the case of treatment by primary care physicians of three target diseases -…

What's important about elderly women's fat? Amount or location?

For elderly women, the location of excess fat may be more important for their cardiovascular health than overall obesity, according to a surprising new study published in today’s rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. In a study of 1,356 women ages 60-85, Danish researchers found that those with excessive peripheral fat ? located in the arms, legs, hips and buttocks ? had less atherosclerosis than those whose fat was stored mostly in their abdominal area (visceral fat) and other central parts of the body.

Method provides new tool for diagnosing heart disease

A quick and painless technique recently developed by Wisconsin researchers could help clinicians identify signs of coronary heart disease (CHD), a condition that claims the lives of 2,000 Americans every day. The technique, called cardiac elastography creates real-time, two-dimensional images of muscle strain as the heart moves blood through its chambers to the rest of the body.