HEALTHBEAT The traumatic side of illness
When I read last week about a new study that found heart attack survivors can be at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder, I confess to a rather cynical reaction: "You mean it took this long to reco... Posted on 6/26/12 at 3:06 PM
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD NORTH DAKOTA Are you at risk for heart disease?
Julie Fennel didnt think she was at risk for heart disease. But five years ago, she was enjoying a meal with her family at a restaurant in downtown Fargo when she suddenly went into cardiac arrest.
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Heart attack survivors are again being enrolled in a controversial federal study of an alternative treatment while the government investigates whether they were told enough about possible health risks.
The $30 million study, with 1,500 participants so far, is one of the largest alternative medicine experiments ever launched. It tests high doses of vitamin and mineral supplements and chelation, a treatment used for lead poisoning that has not been proved safe or effective for heart disease.
A single daily pill that combines aspirin and four blood pressure and cholesterol medicines has passed its first big test, potentially offering a cheap, simple way to prevent both heart disease and stroke.
The largest study ever of multivitamin use in older women found the pills did nothing to prevent common cancers or heart disease. The eight-year study in 161,808 postmenopausal women echoes recent disappointing vitamin studies in men.
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