Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 59 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Feb-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Mar-2003
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High blood cholesterol - What you need to know
This brochure provides information about how to lower a cholesterol level that is too high. Lowering a cholesterol level that is too high helps to reduce the risk for heart disease. Includes a tool to estimate the risk for having a heart attack, and outlines ways to reduce risk. Also contains a list of resources for further information.  more

Update on FDA's continuing investigation of particulate matter in blood shows normal blood components and no evidence for an increase in adverse events
This statement provides an update to the ongoing investigations of reports of unusual particulate matter in some blood components, primarily red blood cells (RBCs). Although the cause of the particulate matter is not yet fully explained, there is no evidence it poses a threat to blood safety at this time.  more


Download NHLBI's spreadsheet-based, 10-year, heart disease risk assessment tool
This downloadable Excel spreadsheet, developed by Boston University, uses recent data from the Framingham Heart Study to estimate 10-year risk for "hard" coronary heart disease outcomes (myocardial infarction and coronary death) in adults who do not have heart disease or diabetes. more

Information for professionals: Quick ALLHAT reference for health care providers
The Antihypertensive and Lipid Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT) is a long-term, multicenter trial conducted on a large group of participants ages 55 and older with Stage 1 or Stage 2 hypertension and at least one other cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factor. Supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, ALLHAT includes the largest clinical study to date to compare the effectiveness of medications to treat hypertension. ALLHAT also included a cholesterol-lowering study in a subset of patients participating in the hypertension study. .  more

Neuropathy is key predictor for amputation risk in diabetic patients
New research reported today by diabetic foot care experts shows that aggressive screening for evidence of nerve damage and sensory loss (neuropathy) will identify diabetes patients at the highest risk for severe, disease-induced foot problems, such as infection-prone skin ulcers and a debilitating deformity called Charcot foot. Left untreated, these complications put advanced-stage diabetes patients on a path to a lower-limb amputation.  more

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