Steven Nissen

5 Heart Tests You Don’t Need, 4 You Do

Posted on 03/14/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHow heart smart are you? Do you know what your gums have to do with your heart? Or what the most dangerous day of the year is for a heart attack? Or the best type of pet for someone who has had a heart attack? And what about some of those tests your doctor might want to order, like a heart calcium scan or an exercise stress tests — do you really need them? Nationally known heart experts Steven Nissen, …

Statins Linked To Diabetes In Older Women, Study Finds

Posted on 01/11/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOne in four Americans over age 45 take a statin to lower their cholesterol, but a new study says the popular drugs may increase the risk of diabetes. An analysis of postmenopausal women who were taking statins found they had almost a 50 percent greater risk of diabetes than those who weren’t on the cholesterol-lowing drug. The study, published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine, looked at nearly 154,000 women, average age 63, who didn’t have diabetes when the …