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Posts Tagged ‘ cholesterol ’

Heart Association Scare Tactics Revealed

March 1, 2015

patients The American Heart Association (AHA) recently proposed new guidelines for all doctors to screen and treat for high cholesterol. For doctors and patients to follow this would result in a large increase in the number of Americans taking statins. One of the things I like about the new proposal is that...
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New Cholesterol Guidelines — A Tale of Two Countries

November 18, 2013

The American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology just published new guidelines for screening and treating cholesterol. In some ways these guidelines are more like the British guidelines. Instead of setting up doctors and patients to fail by calling for certain cholesterol number targets as in the old U.S. guidelines (LDL level...
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The Cardi-Ologists and Pediatricians Have Lost Their Minds

November 20, 2011

In a recent statement published by the journal Pediatrics, an advisory panel sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH recommended universal cholesterol screening for all children ages 9 to 11. I’m sure they meant well, but this statement means important people in leadership positions have officially...
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More Insurance Company Ignorance

July 9, 2011

I received one of those politely worded letters from a major insurance company recently informing me of how it thought I was doing caring for one of my patients. It includes warm language such as “We value our relationship with you,” though their medical director who signed this letter has never...
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Time Magazine Doesn’t Understand

October 17, 2010

The science is a little complex, but the reporter should still get the bottom line right. A story by Time.com entitled Study: Putting More People on Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Could Save Money was published Sept. 27, 2010. It referenced Stanford researchers who published a study on the cost-effectiveness of statins to treat...
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