August 2010 references and further reading

Hiratzka LF, Bakris GL, Beckman JA, et al. 2010 ACCF/AHA/AATS/ACR/ASA/SCA/SCAI/SIR/STS/SVM Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of patients with thoracic aortic disease. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2010; 55:e27-e129. Micha R, Wallace SK, Mozaffarian D. Red and processed meat consumption and risk of incident coronary heart disease, stroke, and diabetes mellitus: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Circulation 2010; 121:2271-83. Ramani GV, Uber PA, Mehra MR. Chronic heart failure: contemporary diagnosis and management. Mayo Clinic Proceedings 2010; 85:180-95. (Locked) More »

Living with a thoracic aortic aneurysm

Back in 1992, Wall Street Journal reporter Kevin Helliker learned he had a thoracic aortic aneurysm. The series of articles he wrote the following year about this often overlooked condition won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. (Locked) More »

Shining a light on thoracic aortic disease

A thoracic aortic aneurysm can be small and stable, or it can tear or rupture. People with certain genetic conditions, and those who have a relative who has had this condition, are at higher risk and should be tested. If you have a thoracic aortic aneurysm, here are five things that can help you cope with this common but overlooked condition: More »

Red meat: Avoid the processed stuff

Eating red meat regularly may not be as bad for us as was once believed, but frequent consumption of processed meats like hot dogs, cold cuts, and bacon is still unhealthy. This doesn't mean you should indulge your carnivorous appetite. The best sources of protein are still fish, beans, nuts, and poultry. But the findings do suggest that eating red meat a few times a week can be part of a healthful diet. (Locked) More »

Diastolic heart failure

In diastolic heart failure, the left ventricle becomes thick and stiff. The symptoms are the same as those for systolic heart failure, but therapies proven to work for systolic heart failure don't necessarily work for diastolic heart failure. Scores of clinical trials investigating possible treatments for diastolic heart failure are ongoing, but solid results are still a ways off. In the meantime, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recommend controlling: (Locked) More »

In Brief

Brief reports on an interaction between warfarin and a particular antibiotic prescribed for urinary tract infections, and outdoor exercise as a mood booster. (Locked) More »