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Changes over time in US cardiology guidelines

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by MeSci, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6?

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    I wonder what the figures are for other illnesses...?

    This is from May-June 2014 - hope I'm not duplicating.

    http://www.jwatch.org/na34765/2014/06/05/how-durable-are-strong-recommendations-made-practice

     
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    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6?

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    Sorry - I don't know why it's appeared in italics. Can't seem to change it.
     
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    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    Anything you quote appears in italics.

    Sushi
     
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    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6?

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    D'oh!

    I was finding it hard to read. I've enlarged the text - hope that's better.
     
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    Surely doctors are aware of this! This just makes me laugh -- I'm such a cynic.
     
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    They just don't get it. "Consensus" is not scientific, and neither is "opinion"!

    I very much doubt it. They are too busy trying to see 20 patients an hour to do more than mindlessly follow the "guidelines".

    In spite of research showing little benefit and a huge list of serious adverse effects, they are still prescribing statins by the truckload. After taking statins for years, my 78-year-old mom was finally forced to stop after she developed a problem with having to pee huge amounts at night. A few weeks later her slowly-developing "dementia" was miraculously cured!

    Even for patients with previous stroke or coronary events, over 95% of patients who take statins for five years gained no benefit, while 10% were harmed by muscle damage. This happened to my next-door neighbor. After taking statins for some time, he couldn't lift a can of beer to his lips without pain. And for someone who drinks as much beer as my neighbor, this was a serious adverse effect, for sure!
     
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    barbc56 Senior Member

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    I'm also a cynic but find this a positive.

    As, the author says, new evidence means things need to change.

    This is how science works. I think having this published in JAMA, will help these findings translate to medical practice. Health insurance would also/hopefully, take these recommendations when approving cost of treatments treatments.:)

    At least in theory.

    BARB
     
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    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6?

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    If you get the email newsletter Physician's First Watch you will be struck by the number of long-accepted treatments, including surgical ones, that are eventually found to be ineffective.

    A recent one is renal denervation :eek: for a type of hypertension. It don't work.
     
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