Heart Disease and Diabetes

Three calculators are available to help individuals with diabetes gauge their odds of having a heart attack over the next ten years: The Framingham risk calculator is an all-purpose tool for people with and without diabetes. The United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study has developed a cardiovascular risk calculator specifically for people with diabetes. Created for doctors and researchers, it must be downloaded and installed. (Locked) More »

Life-saving training

Interested in learning how to do (or brushing up on) cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator? The American Heart Association's Web site can pinpoint a class near you. You can also call the AHA at 800-242-8721 (toll free) or the American Red Cross at 202-303-4498. (Locked) More »

Report cards on cardiac surgeons and hospitals

Four states currently publish reports cards for individual cardiac surgeons The state's Executive Office of Health and Human Services reports on nine different operations. Heart-related reports that include volume or report cards are available for abdominal aortic aneurysm, carotid endarterectomy, coronary artery bypass grafting, and percutaneous coronary intervention (angioplasty). Cardiac Surgery in New Jersey offers report cards on the state's cardiac surgeons and hospitals. The state's Department of Health and Senior Services Consumer Reports and Resources Web site offers information about doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, and HMOs. (Locked) More »

Mixed marks for heart surgery report cards

A few states have begun to compile data on the success rates of cardiac surgeons, but the information may be outdated or otherwise inaccurate. One suggestion is to choose a doctor who regularly performs the surgery you need and has done it many times. (Locked) More »

Statins for aortic valve narrowing?

Some research suggests that cholesterol-lowering statins may help prevent narrowing or hardening of the aortic valve, but there is not enough evidence to indicate you should start taking a statin if you are not taking one already. (Locked) More »

Heart Beat: Home defibrillator skills slip away

Research found that people who have a home defibrillator for use in case of a cardiac emergency tended to forget how to use the device over time. If you have such a device, it is vital to know how to use it and to maintain this knowledge. (Locked) More »

Heart Beat: New Start! for exercise

The American Heart Association has launched a web site to help people track their eating habits and exercise, and offers tips and encouragement toward living a healthier life. (Locked) More »

Heart Beat: Tea with a twist

If you drink tea, taking it with milk seems to negate any positive effect from the antioxidants it contains. However, there is still no definite evidence that tea can protect you from heart disease. (Locked) More »