Car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease still the num­ber one killer

Pharmacy Daily - - News -

EV­ERY 12 min­utes in Aus­tralia, one per­son dies from car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease. De­spite sig­nif­i­cant ad­vances in the manage­ment of our com­mon­est killer, more needs to be done to stop the on­go­ing car­nage.

Ortho­dox med­i­cal ther­apy such as coro­nary artery by­pass graft­ing, coro­nary stent­ing, statin drugs to lower choles­terol, an­ti­hy­per­ten­sive ther­apy, an­tiplatelet agents, along with a whole host of treat­ments aimed at sal­vaging or pro­tect­ing the heart mus­cle have sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced the mor­bid­ity and mor­tal­ity of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease.

But, ortho­dox medicine also comes with a down­side. It is es­ti­mated that there are over 100,000 deaths on a yearly ba­sis in the United States alone from the in­ap­pro­pri­ate pre­scrip­tion of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal drugs. Two thirds of these deaths are re­lated to blood thin­ning med­i­ca­tions and di­a­betic treat­ments.

It is also es­ti­mated that well over 50% of in­va­sive coro­nary an­giog­ra­phy has been deemed un­nec­es­sary when the in­di­ca­tions were as­sessed by in­de­pen­dent bod­ies. Coro­nary an­giog­ra­phy not only is ex­pen­sive but also does carry a small but sig­nif­i­cant risk. Thus, ortho­dox medicine cer­tainly has strong ben­e­fits but may also cause sig­nif­i­cant side-ef­fects and com­pli­ca­tions.

There is, how­ever, lit­tle at­ten­tion paid by con­ven­tional doc­tors to the im­por­tance of in­te­gra­tive car­di­ol­ogy - com­bin­ing the best prac­tice ortho­dox tech­niques with ev­i­dence based com­ple­men­tary medicine.

To be con­tin­ued next week...

Wel­come to Phar­macy Daily’s weekly com­ment fea­ture.This week’s con­trib­u­tor is Dr Ross Walker, Car­di­ol­o­gist.

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