July 2011 references and further reading

Morbidity and Mortality Chart Book, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 2009. Myers MG, Godwin M, Dawes M, et al. Conventional versus automated measurement of blood pressure in primary care patients with systolic hypertension: randomised parallel design controlled trial. BMJ 2011; 342:d286. van der Wel MC, Buunk IE, van Weel C, Thien TA, Bakx JC. A novel approach to office blood pressure measurement: 30-minute office blood pressure vs daytime ambulatory blood pressure. Annals of Family Medicine 2011; 9:128-35. (Locked) More »

Surviving a heart attack: A success story

  Heart attack survival rates are much higher than they were a few decades ago, thanks to greater awareness, new clot-busting drugs, and expanded access to specialized cardiac treatment centers.   More »

Measuring blood pressure: Let a machine do it

Participants in a research trial who had their blood pressure taken by a machine had lower readings than those who had their pressure taken by a doctor. No matter who — or what — is measuring your blood pressure, here's what you need to do to get the most accurate reading: (Locked) More »

New dietary guidelines offer sketch for healthy eating

The latest edition of the government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans tries to nudge people toward healthier eating habits and patterns. For example, an entire chapter offers advice about foods you should try to reduce in your diet. Another focuses on foods and nutrients that are worth increasing. A six-page table offers practical tips for eating more fruits and vegetables, eating out, cutting back on sodium, and more. (Locked) More »

Follow-up

Further information about cardiac rehabilitation programs for people with heart disease and yoga as a way to reduce episodes of atrial fibrillation. (Locked) More »