heart disease

Facts about Diabetes that everyone needs to know

On November 17, 2012, the CEO of Eli Lilly, John C. Lechleiter, put out a letter about the significance of Diabetes in the world.  He did that because it was World Diabetes Day.  But, when you understand the statistics involved with this disease and the cost, you’ll probably agree with me that everyday is “World Diabetes Day.”  I am a diabetic myself, but was stunned none-the-less by what I learned from Dr. Lechleiter’s letter:  The world’s diabetic population has doubled since [...]

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Study Shows Adherent Cholesterol Patients have increased medication costs

The most recent study shows that adherent individuals that take statins to fight their high cholesterol (who remained on their meds over a two year period) were, in fact, healthier. The downside is that it cost them more money, including medications and hospitalizations than those that didn’t. Stunning news. Not. Those of us that use these meds could have guessed this. Prior studies showed that adherence leads to lower costs overall. But the combination of these studies fails to speak to [...]

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One pill treats high blood pressure and cholesterol?

It’s not available yet, but it’s likely to be considered in the very near future.  The “Polypill” is meant to treat high blood pressure and cholesterol in patients over 50. Its been tested in a small group in England; only 84 patients participated in the study, reports the Reuters News Service in a story recently published. Doctors from Queen Mary University of London have reportedly surmised that the success of this test indicates that it would be good for all [...]

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Healthy Savings

I just read an article that I highly recommend you read. This article by Joel White, in the North County Times, (the North County way up thar between San Diego and Riverside, CA), suggests several issues that are important for you to read and know. Rather than write an extended blog on the subject I’m going to highlight some of the information that Mr. White writes about, hoping that you will click on the link above and read the article [...]

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New study reveals Old Markers

Do you know the word “ischemic?” I’ve heard it a lot of times and didn’t know the actual meaning: local deficiency of blood supply produced by vasoconstriction or local obstacles to the arterial flow, according to Dictionary.com. That’s the medical definition of blockages in your body that have to do with your heart. A new study has discovered some markers that you can see with your eyes and which are only now being discovered as a medically significant. The study, [...]

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Using Statins to control your cholesterol

Predicting America’s health The biggest cause of death is Cardiovascular Disease, probably heart attack or stroke. I read about a new set of calculations that suggest that half of American’s have abnormal lipids. That means CHOLESTEROL. That means, as a nation, we’re fat and more and more we’re dependent on Statins, which is the most standard pharmaceutical answer to the problem. According to Dr. Eliot Brinton, director of the National Lipid Assoc., many patients are hesitant to comply with their doctor’s prescribed [...]

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The benefits of Medication Adherence for patients with coronary artery disease.

More information from the good doctors of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston: From a new study, reported in Medpage Today, seemingly a summation of 25 studies, mostly observational and retrospective in nature, Dr. Asaf Bitton, offers that medication adherent patients of coronary artery disease have much better outcomes. We all know this. I’m going to read between the lines…  while there are several quoted statistics for several different medication regimes in the March 2013 release, it seems that [...]

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Some groups have more difficulty with medication adherence

The UK has released a spate of research over the past few months; some of these findingsare based on the same test group. You may have already read some of the articles that the AMAS (Aston Medication Adherence Study) has issued. We certainly have written about some of it. There are many aspects to the research. The latest seems to focus more on a co-relation between the kinds of medical issues and the societal/cultural aspects of the patients. This particular [...]

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Are the cost of Meds stopping you from taking your meds? Probably not.

The medical industry is keenly aware that being adherent to a prescription regimen will help to manage diseases and sometimes even cure a patient of his disease. Its also been known that patients aren’t particularly good at taking their meds as directed. For the past few years there have been studies on the adherence of patients and why they are or are not adherent.  Only about half of the patients who have a prescription take their meds after the first [...]

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