My First Blog

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I would like to take a moment to welcome you to a new blog section we are creating. Each day our editorial team reviews hundreds of topics, resources, books, and products to include in our print publications. Unfortunately we do not have space to report on all of this information.

We have decided to create editorial blogs to share more of this information. Based on responses and your requests for information we can better format our editorial content. We hope that you find these blog posts timely and informative.

My first blog will discuss recent guidelines published in the March 19, 2014 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine concerning clinical guidelines for the use of statin therapy for the treatment of cholesterol (what a mouthful). These guidelines adopted by The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association would increase the number of individuals eligible for statin therapy by 13 million people. The real change is in older individuals where 80% of individuals between 60 and 75 will be eligible for statins.

That is a big change. As we baby boomers age are we all going to be taking statins? Many practitioners disagree with these findings. In the summer of 2013 Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine (a peer reviewed professional journal for integrative healthcare professionals published by our parent company) produced an entire issue focused on cardiovascular care. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but prevention is the best medicine not statins. ATHM conducted a roundtable with leading practitioners to discuss the issue of statins (you can read it here). These practitioners have a different view on the usefulness of statin drugs.

According to the CDC over 700,000 Americans have a heart attack every year. About 600,000 people die from heart disease each year (1 in 4 deaths). High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. About half of Americans (49%) have at least one of these three risk factors. Other conditions that put people at a higher risk for heart disease include diabetes, obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use.

But a pill will not cure heart disease, rather changing diet and lifestyle can reduce your risk of heart disease. We have published several articles on what you can do to reduce your risks and improve your health. I encourage you to take your heart health seriously and do what you can to prevent heart disease, start today it is never too late.

To your good health!

Dick Benson
InnoVision Health Media