December 2010 references and further reading

Rothberg MB, Sivalingam SK, Ashraf J, et al. Patients' and cardiologists' perceptions of the benefits of percutaneous coronary intervention for stable coronary disease. Annals of Internal Medicine 2010; 153:307-13. Patel M, Kim M, Karajgikar R, et al. Outcomes of patients discharged the same day following percutaneous coronary intervention. JACC Cardiovascular Interventions 2010; 3:851-8. Bernstein AM, Sun Q, Hu FB, Stampfer MJ, Manson JE, Willett WC. Major dietary protein sources and risk of coronary heart disease in women. Circulation 2010; 122:876-83. (Locked) More »

What can angioplasty do for you?

If you are having a heart attack, angioplasty will open a blocked artery and hopefully limit muscle damage, but the procedure does nothing to stop the spread of atherosclerosis or reduce the risk of a future heart attack. More »

Refining the rules for abdominal aneurysm testing

More than one million American men and women have a fragile bulge in the aorta, blood's main pipeline out of the heart. Most of them don't know it. In some people, this condition, called abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), never poses a problem. In others, the bulge bursts, with catastrophic consequences. The best way to spot an abdominal aneurysm while it is still small, and to follow its progression, is with a painless, radiation-free ultrasound exam. But checking every adult for an AAA would cost billions of dollars. A task force from the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) may have identified a better way to identify good candidates to be checked for an AAA through a scoring system. (Locked) More »

Coping with what you can't change

We write a lot about factors you can control to protect your heart and blood vessels — things like exercising more, not smoking, reducing stress, and controlling blood pressure. Cardiologists call these modifiable risk factors. But they aren't the only factors that affect your heart. A number of things you can't easily change, or can't change at all, also influence your cardiovascular health. These nonmodifiable risk factors include the following: (Locked) More »


Further information from studies on an aortic valve repair procedure, the benefits of eating whole-grain foods, the heart risks of testosterone therapy, and underactive thyroid. (Locked) More »