MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Heart attack and stroke patients now have access to the 1st detailed clinical guidelines on safely re-igniting their love lives after a cardiac event.
In a joint statement the American Heart Assn. and the European Society of Cardiology published a detailed "how-to" guide for cardiac patients and their doctors, offering recommendations of when and how a patient should resume sex.
"Patients are anxious and often afraid sex will trigger another cardiac event – but the topic sometimes gets passed over because of embarrassment or discomfort," said lead author Tiny Jaarsma in prepared comments.
Suggestions include "recommended positions, how to be intimate without having sexual intercourse and when to resume sexual activity," according to a press release.
Gaming company claims its device increases brain plasticity
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When deciding on prostate cancer screenings, men stick to their guns
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The survey, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, attempted to gather more information about public perceptions of prostate cancer screenings after the controversial 2012 recommendation against screenings for all men from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Study recommends nixing off-pump coronary bypass
Boston Medical Center’s Dr. Harold Lazar called for his peers to abandon off-pump coronary artery bypass surgeries in favor of more conventional cardiopulmonary bypass surgery. Lazar argued in a recent study that cardiopulmonary bypass is a better way to re-establish blood flow to the heart.
Docs feel "some" responsibility to cut HC costs
A JAMA survey of thousands of doctors across the country showed that most feel somewhat responsible for controlling healthcare costs within their own practice. When it comes to which groups have a "major responsibility" in controlling costs, they cited trial lawyers (60%), health insurance companies (59%), hospitals and health systems (56%), manufacturers (56%) and patients (52%).