Top stories in health and medicine, April 2, 2015

medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Guidelines Loosen BP Targets in Heart Disease. Treatment should target under 140/90 mmHg for most hypertensive patients with known heart disease, according to new guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA), the American College of Cardiology (ACC), and the American Society of Hypertension (ASH).
  2. Constipation Emergencies on the Rise. The number of people going to U.S. emergency rooms for constipation has been increasing, and so has the cost of those visits, which reached $1.6 billion in 2011.
  3. HF Management Program Doesn’t Ease the Disease. A multidisciplinary approach to heart failure management with telemonitoring and attention to depression had no impact on health status, although a questionable effect on mortality.
  4. The Past, Present, and Future of the Colonoscopy. Colon cancer is the fourth most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. It is estimated that every year about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer and another 50,000 will die from the disease.

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