Cardiovascular Opinion Archive

A different look at lipids

The first step in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease is for health-care professionals to get a full understanding of a patient's risk.

Strategies for helping obese patients

A recent study suggests class III obesity shortens life span by 6.5 to 13.7 years.

Quality sleep important for heart health

Understanding a patient's heart health during sleep can be a valuable tool to assess overall cardiac function.

Should deconditioning be a stand-alone diagnosis?

Deconditioning -- a complication of POTS -- is also a common cause of morbidity and mortality in preventable diseases such as obesity.

Determining when a grandmother's love is unhealthy

An obese 12-year-old experiences rapid weight gain over the summer. Is granny to blame?

Combating patient noncompliance with DVT prophylaxis

Successful DVT prophylaxis with pharmacologic agents and adjunctive treatment modalities depends on both consistency and accuracy.

Trusting expert guidelines for pediatric lipid screening

Promoting behavioral changes during childhood is an effective prevention tool that is much cheaper than treating adults experiencing adverse health outcomes from preventable conditions.

Explaining kidney function to prevent CKD

Patients often have trouble understanding health outcomes they cannot see. It is our job as health-care providers to help patients understand their bodies in efforts to improve treatment compliance for chronic conditions.

Encouraging adolescent health with group visits

Group health care visits could improve adolescent health by encouraging commitment to a prevention-based lifestyle and help shift U.S. health care away from a system based on treating diseases, to one that aims at stopping them before they begin.

Obesity, elective cesarean contribute to U.S. maternal mortality rate

Why are U.S. mothers still dying during birth when we spend more on health care than any other country in the world?

Lifestyle change the only 'secret' to weight loss

When it comes to losing weight, many patients seek instant gratification.

A new model for CVD prevention

A multidisciplinary, nurse-coordinated, family-based program improved lifestyles and reduced cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk among patients and their families in hospital and general-practice settings

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