One would think that with all the advances in drugs, diet advice, nutritional supplement support, and lifestyle changes being made that the rate of heart attacks would be dropping like a rock. Today, we have methods like heart scans and calcium scores to identify more at risk persons and lipoprotein blood testing to more accurately pinpoint causes of heart disease. With all this new technology, how is it possible that over the last several decades the incidence of heart attacks has remained somewhat constant?
A new analysis of the last 40 years of Framingham Heart Study data suggests the answers may lie in better detection of small heart attacks that used to go undiagnosed. A second finding of the study was the marked decline in mortality from heart attack. As might be expected, this was attributed to improved intervention (think angioplasty and stents ) and secondary prevention. The analysis tracked 9,824 adults who had not yet had a heart at...
ANSWER TO QUESTION REGARDING "OVERLAPPING ARTHRITIS"
From a reader: "I have
an overlapping arthritis, based on my last x-rays, I have deterioration in all
of the fingers on my left hand, as well as my knuckles and wrists on both
hands. I also have deterioration in 3 fingers on my right hand. ...
I would like to know
if you could advise me of any arthritis drugs that could maybe slow down the
Answer: Deterioration could mean several things - including joint deformities or joint erosions.
An even more important question deals with whether you have
active joint disease that would respond to even more aggressive therapy. Perhaps the damage is done, so to speak. If that is the case, no drug is going to
reverse the deformities that have developed as a result of the unchecked
inflammation of progressive rheumatoid arthritis.
You mention swelling, but you have no morning
stiffness. Usually, patients with active
Basics of using the
heart rate monitor.
Nobody wants a new gadget in his life but using a heart rate
monitor is a superb idea to help you get much more out of aerobic exercise. So,
WHAT IS IT? It's a simple gadget that tells you how hard your heart is
working...in particular, how many times a minute it is beating. Almost all such
monitors are two part gizmos... a strap to go around your chest and a unit like
a wrist watch that goes on your wrist. The strap picks up the electrical beat
from your heart and radios the news to the little computer/wrist watch. The
most popular one is made by POLAR and the simple ones (all you need) cost about
$50. It is easy to use and it will do more for your aerobic exercise than any
thing other than a good pair of sneaks.
How do you use a
heart rate monitor?
People are scared of these little suckers because they think
they are techy and hard to use. They are not. I can do it, just to give you an idea. Just strap it on and - in a
few minutes, afte...
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