Week in Review: October 25
The Week in Review provides an overview of the past week’s top health care content, including industry news and trends, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Laboratories news, and upcoming events.
Is The Stethoscope Dying? High-Tech Rivals Pose a Threat
Two centuries after its invention, the stethoscope — the very symbol of the medical profession — is facing an uncertain prognosis. It is threatened by hand-held devices that are also pressed against the chest but rely on ultrasound technology, artificial intelligence and smartphone apps instead of doctors’ ears to help detect leaks, murmurs, abnormal rhythms and other problems in the heart, lungs and elsewhere. Some of these instruments can yield images of the beating heart or create electrocardiogram graphs. Via Associated Press.
Study Finds That Bedtime May Be The Best Time to Take Blood Pressure Medications
Blood pressure medication may confer a larger benefit if taken at night, rather than in the morning, according to research published Tuesday in the European Heart Journal. The large study of more than 19,000 high blood pressure patients found that taking the medication so that it works overnight, when patients are asleep, cuts the risk of heart-related death and disease nearly in half. Via NBC News.
Mayo Clinic News
The Silent Heart Attack You Didn't Know You Had
When my Aunt Gert suffered a heart attack in her mid-70s, the examining doctor told her that it was not her first. Tests done to assess the damage to her heart revealed a section of dead muscle from a previous unrecognized heart attack. Sometime in the past, she had what doctors call a “silent myocardial infarction,” or S.M.I., silent in that any symptoms she might have had at the time did not register as related to her heart and were not brought to medical attention… Even without medication, if everyone at increased coronary risk adhered to a heart-healthy lifestyle, “the incidence of heart disease would be reduced by 80 percent,” Dr. Rekha Mankad, cardiologist and director of the Women’s Heart Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., told me. Via New York Times.
Food Can Help Control Some Chronic Health Conditions, In Some Cases Eliminating the Need for Drugs
If you have a chronic health condition — and about 60 percent of Americans live with at least one — you can use food to help manage your problem. Yet too many Americans don’t eat with their particular health demands in mind. … “From a clinical perspective, we do recommend diets based on somebody’s condition,” says Donald Hensrud, a physician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., who specializes in nutrition and weight management. The various diets supported by scientific evidence have greater similarities than differences, Hensrud says. Via Washington Post.