American Heart Association

Technology can help but old-fashioned listening still key to doctor-patient relationship

Every patient knows this story: an eternal wait to see the doctor only to get a few rushed minutes to ask questions.

Every doctor knows this story: Buried in administrative paperwork, an over-demanding schedule and not enough time to spend with patients.

While the doctor-patient relationship is the cornerstone of good […]

December 3rd, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Technology can help but old-fashioned listening still key to doctor-patient relationship

Seeing doctor twice a year helps keep blood pressure under control

People who visited their doctor at least twice a year were 3.2 times more likely to keep their blood pressure under control than those who saw their doctor once a year or less, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Having healthcare insurance and getting treated […]

October 20th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Seeing doctor twice a year helps keep blood pressure under control

PAD risk increases with lower economic status

Low income and lower education levels are associated with an increased risk for peripheral artery disease in U.S. adults, according to a new study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

PAD is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the stomach, arms, head and most commonly in the arteries of […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Women wish doctors would discuss sex after heart attack

Is sex OK after a heart attack? Yes. And women wish their doctors would say so.

In a small study, researchers found that many women who’d recovered from a heart attack would overcome their fear of resuming sexual activity if their doctor would give them more information. They’d also like […]

SimpleScience@Heart: After ER visit for chest pain, trip to heart doctor may save your life

A lot of folks treated for chest pain in emergency rooms don’t follow up with a heart doctor — possibly increasing their chance of dying.

That’s the finding in a new Canadian study that revealed a quarter of high risk chest pain patients didn’t seek follow-up care after leaving the […]