Checking up on apo B and non-HDL cholesterol

Guidelines from the National Cholesterol Education Program recommend testing for apolipoprotein B (apo B) and non-HDL cholesterol for people with diabetes, high triglycerides, and/or the metabolic syndrome. In them, the main thrust of cholesterol-lowering therapy is to get LDL (bad) cholesterol under control,. and then go after other lipid problems like low HDL or high triglycerides. (Locked) More »

June 2006 HeartBeat references

Pacemakers and mammograms. New England Journal of Medicine, October 27, 2005. What we don't know about prayer...: American Heart Journal, April 2006. Little support for that sinking feeling: Circulation, March 7, 2006 (Locked) More »

Plavix isn't for everyone

Taking aspirin in combination with Plavix could be dangerous for those who do not have existing heart disease, but appears to be beneficial for those who have angina or have already suffered a heart attack. (Locked) More »

Mechanical fix for fluid overload

A machine that extracts excess water and salt from blood may be a safer and more effective treatment option for those with excess fluid in their lungs due to heart failure. (Locked) More »

A new wave in heart testing

A more detailed form of electrocardiogram detects minute variations in heartbeat patterns that may signal an increased risk of a dangerous heart rhythm abnormality. (Locked) More »

Heave-ho for homocysteine?

Three trials show that high doses of B vitamins tend to lower homocysteine levels, but lowering homocysteine does not reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke, particularly in those who already have heart disease. (Locked) More »

In Brief: Back on your feet again

Heart attack victims may have a shorter recovery period before getting back to normal activities, if they are found to be at low risk for a second attack. (Locked) More »