Too many drug types causing negative repercussions on heart health

Heart disease is the number one killer disease with about 80 million Americans suffering from this disease. Majority of patients suffering from heart disease are using multiple drugs that in turn are compromising the overall health of these heart patients. A number of leading cardiologists who attended the annual scientific sessions of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) that was held on March 9-11 in San Francisco has raised concerns with each of them voicing criticism over the use of multiple drugs in the treatment of heart disease.

The cardiologists opined that eliminating certain drugs would potentially improve care without compromising on the treatment related with heart disease. As evidence is emerging that, some medications are not effective. According to Dr. Steven Nissen – Head of the Cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic and past president of the ACC, he cast doubt whether the benefits are additive or not. The cardiologists are giving a second look on certain medications that include AbbVie’s Niaspan or prescription drug niacin that aims to raise good cholesterol. The other well known so called fenofibrate such as the top selling branded drug TriCor (also from the stables of AbbVie) that lowers the blood fats called triglycerides and beta blockers most of which are inexpensive older generics are also under the scanner of these cardiologists.

Food, Beverage and Physical Activity Choices Matter for a Healthy Heart

A number of people out there have a family history of heart disease. It’s becoming more and more common today with our sedentary lifestyles. The reasons for this could be a mixture of genetics, environment, lifestyle and being physically inactive.

The good news is we can change it. If we want a healthy heart, it’s in our own hands. We have to make informed and appropriate choices when it comes to food, beverages and physical activity. It’s just not enough to sit up and pay attention, we have to get up and move.

We hear all the time about how physical activity is good for our health. We have to be smart about picking a physical activity when it comes to the health of our heart. A cardiovascular exercise like walking or jogging will prove appropriate. It’s good for the heart, muscles and bones. This is very important for women nearing their 40s.


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