A Guide to Coronary Calcium Scans

Here in Australia, a number of organisations offer coronary calcium scans. What, I hear you say, is a coronary calcium scan? Why Look At Coronary Calcium? A coronary calcium scan looks for specks of calcium (or calcification) in the walls of the coronary (heart) arteries. Calcification can be an early sign of coronary heart disease… Read More

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My Score on the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool (AUSDRISK)

AUSDRISK Sitting in the wife’s GP practice waiting for her to finish work and then take the kids to see Paw Patrol Live, I noticed a pamphlet ‘The Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool’ (or AUSDRISK), and decided to ‘give it a go’. AUSDRISK was developed by the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute… Read More

Mortality Risk: Initial Level of Fitness & Statin Use

Veterans of the US Armed Forces must be the most studied group of warriors in the world. A recent study looked at 10,202  male veterans (mean age 60 years) who were on treatment for high blood pressure, and followed them up for 10 years to study their mortality risk according to initial levels of fitness… Read More

Research: To Sleep or Not to Sleep

Research Paper Title Association between Perceived Insufficient Sleep, Frequent Mental Distress, Obesity and Chronic Dieases Amnog US Adults, 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Background Although evidence suggests that poor sleep is associated with chronic disease, little research has been conducted to assess the relationships between insufficient sleep, frequent mental distress (FMD ≥14 days during… Read More