Author | David T. Nash, MD

Articles

Good Culinary News for Statin-Intolerant Patients

October 17, 2013

The real impact of nutritious menu changes at fast food chains like McDonalds remains to be seen, but these-along with modifying the dosage schedules of patients who appear to be statin-intolerant-may prove to have long-term salubrious effects.

Intermittent Dosing in "Statin-Intolerant" Patients: Surprising News?

October 04, 2013

A new study finds that intermittent dosing of a statin can be an effective treatment option for some patients who previously demonstrated intolerance to statins.

Atrial Fibrillation: Prevention, Prediction, and Risk Reduction

April 08, 2013

Here: how omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) in postcardiac surgery patients; how incident HF can help predict adverse outcomes in patients with AF; and why an old gout drug may help reduce the risk of AF in patients with heart failure.

Watchman Device for AF: After PREVAIL, Keep a Close Watch?

March 15, 2013

PREVAIL study of Watchman left atrial appendage closure device confirms device safety and meets primary safety endpoint.

Ablation in AF Improves Exercise Capacity, QOL in Heart Failure Patients

March 14, 2013

The strategy of catheter ablation–based rhythm control in patients with long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) plus heart failure (HF) was found superior to pharmacologic rate control for improving cardiopulmonary exercise capacity, quality of life, and neurohormonal status in this small, randomized study.

Alcohol, Cognitive Function, and Atrial Fibrillation

February 13, 2013

Atrial fibrillation can do a great deal of damage. This is a reality that those who regularly drink more than moderately need to be made aware of.

Cardiac Disease, Atrial Fibrillation, and Cognitive Impairment Risk

February 13, 2013

Something new to worry about: this study shows that atrial fibrillation is independently associated with increased risk of dementia.

Cocaine, Parke-Davis, Freud, Halsted, Statins, and Detroit

January 01, 2013

Here: the story of how cocaine was discovered by the Europeans and Americans, how it affected two giants of medicine-and how it played a key role in Detroit's economy and in the formation of what was once one of the world's biggest pharmaceutical companies.