Year End Summary
This week marks the one-year anniversary of this cardiology blog. Now that 2009 has come to an end I’d like to take this opportunity to summarize the best pieces of the previous 52 weeks. It seems every other publication from Time magazine to Mad magazine allows themselves the luxury of taking a week off by recycling a year’s worth of previous material, so I figure “Why not do the same?”
Below you’ll find links to all sorts of useful information and answers to nearly every important question in the world of cardiology.
Does elective coronary stenting decrease your chance of a future heart attack? See the entry from February 18.
What’s the best dose of aspirin for you? June 22
Are women more or less prone to strokes than men and how do they fare when they suffer a stroke? February 11
What causes palpitations in healthy people? August 24
What does “Do Not Resuscitate” (DNR) mean and how does it affect end-of-life care in the hospital setting? March 2
What are the best internet sites for medical information? December 7
What do you do if you have symptoms that no one can figure out? October 19
What can you conclude if you have chest pain that is relieved in the emergency room with a dose of nitroglycerin? April 6
Do we really use rat poison to prevent strokes in humans? February 23
Is marathon running dangerous? October 26
What kind of influence do drug companies have on our prescribing practices? May 11
Should someone with heart problems get the flu shot? October 5
How much sedation are you really going to get with that medical procedure? May 18
What constitutes adequate exercise for your heart? May 26
What are the treatment options for atrial fibrillation? December 21
How can you best prepare for your next visit with your doctor so that your important questions will get answered? March 23
Should you limit your peak heart rate when you exercise? June 1
What are the characteristics of a good doctor? September 14
How useful is it to ask your surgeon how many times he or she has performed the procedure you’re scheduled to have? April 20
What can you and your doctor do to cut your pharmacy expenses? August 17
What’s the latest on the defibrillator ex-president George Bush received to protect his heart from the trauma of his pending divorce? Oh, wait. That wasn’t my blog. That little pearl of scientific insight comes from The Globe. No wonder their readership is bigger than mine.