Welcome to the April newsletter. This newsletter aims to provide information and analysis of timely topics from recent articles published in the medical literature. I hope you find this information useful and helpful in your health journey. If you have comments or questions, please let us know!
Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the leading cause of death globally, with over 17.9 million lives lost annually. Here in the US, someone dies of CVD every 36 seconds with 2,380 deaths each day. On average, someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds and there are 795,000 new or recurrent strokes each year. Someone dies of a stroke every 3 minutes and 33 seconds with about 405 deaths from stroke every day. These are obviously staggering numbers.
As I went through articles for this month I thought it would be good to highlight some of the things that can be done to assess our individual risk of the #1 killer in the world. The first article looks at an inexpensive test that can give good information in regards to our potential risk for cardiovascular disease. The second article reviews a blood test that more accurately assesses our risk of active plaque formation than just a simple lipid panel. The third article looks at the timing of interventions. Spoiler alert - earlier is better but you may be surprised at how early we should intervene. I hope you enjoy these articles!