Researchers examined data from national health and nutrition surveys of more than 2,500 young adults and found that fewer than 50% had their cholesterol levels checked from 1999 to 2006, even though most of them exhibited one or more of the risk factors for coronary heart disease, including obesity and smoking. They also found that many of the adults surveyed had high rates of heart disease and related conditions as well as elevated levels of bad cholesterol.
Patients with low pre-test risk for coronary artery disease who had normal results on stress SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging do not need the standard rest test, researchers reported in the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology. Switching to stress-only tests for these patients would significantly reduce test time, as well as decrease radiation exposure, the researchers said. View the podcast.
President Barack Obama has nominated Dr. Donald Berwick, a pediatrician and professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, to lead the CMS. As administrator, Berwick will be responsible for carrying out the major provisions of the health reform law that involve Medicare and Medicaid.