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Cholesterol Management 2013 and Beyond: Two Roads Diverged

The week of November 11, 2013, saw release of the long-awaited update to what had become a stale approach to cholesterol management in the long-term war against cardiovascular disease. Is the document a radical departure from what had gone before? The answer is a resounding “yes.”

Cardiovascular Diseases

Here’s a quiz about enterovirus, PFO, diastematomyelia, the depression/asthma connection, and an HIV complication. Can you answer the 5 questions correctly?

There is method to the “madness” surrounding cardiac stress tests. Examine these fundamental rules to make wise choices and get results.

Overall it looks as though pharmacologic rate control is still the preferred therapy for new onset AF, but a new study identifies some interesting trends in the use of drugs for both rhythm and rate.

Atrial fibrillation and dementia have long been linked, partly because both tend to affect the elderly. But there may be a causal link as well related to management of anticoagulation.

The recent AFFORD trial suggests no clinical role for omega-3 fatty acids in preventing atrial fibrillation or in modulating disease markers.

Low total serum testosterone was independently associated with greater carotid intima media thickening and endothelial dysfunction but not with atherosclerotic plaques.

Does the HIV epidemic represent primarily a failure of the public health system--or is it more likely a result of failure on an individual level to take steps necessary to prevent infection?

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