I was contacted by the British Medical Journal recently, asking me for a heart patient’s perspective on a new cardiovascular risk calculator. It’s been launched by the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS), and claims that it can tell you your real heart age. Here’s what I wrote . . . Continue reading “Yet another cardiac risk calculator? My response in the British Medical Journal”
A. a healthy woman who’s never had any issues with your heart, but . . .
B. you know heart disease is the #1 killer of women, so . . .
C. you’re wondering what you can do to help prevent B from happening to you?
Warding off a first heart attack is what physicians call “primary prevention”. It’s also what respected cardiologists representing both the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology are now telling us can be effectively accomplished by taking one of the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins.
But it turns out that many other equally-respected cardiologists don’t believe that taking a powerful drug every day for the rest of your natural life for a disease you don’t even have is appropriate for primary prevention – particularly in women. Continue reading “Women and statins: evidence-based medicine or wishful thinking?”