by Medindia Content Team on  November 28, 2007 at 1:09 PM General Health News
Lifestyle Info from Docs Greatly Impacts in Reducing Heart Disease
Doctors who regularly explain to their patients the lifestyle changes necessary to help reduce heart disease risks have a noticeable positive impact on reducing the patients' cholesterol, according to a study published in the United States Monday.

The study carried out at Canada's McGill University in Montreal examined more than 2,600 patients at high risk of a heart attack, including some with diabetes or pre-existing heart problems.

It found that existing anti-cholesterol treatments were more successful when doctors regularly talked to their patients about how to reduce their heart risks by leading a healthier lifestyle, such as by taking exercise.

A 43-year-old man who was overweight and a smoker, with high cholesterol and blood pressure, for example, was calculated to have a heart-health level equivalent to that of a 51-year-old, it said.

But if he followed all the guidelines he gets for his treatment, he could reduce this age index to the equivalent of a healthy 42-year-old man.

The study was published in the US medical journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

Source: AFP
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