Scared your Heart will give out? New guidelines for healthy hearts are available. They say stop being obsessed.
Used to be there were rules, numbers to reach for on fats and cholesterol, but times they are a changin’ and itchy cardiologists have decided they need to have a new hymnal.
The new hymnal says don’t be so obsessed about numbers, it’s not so simple as numbers, it’s about your whole health picture.
It’s like everything in health and prevention of illness and death–really soft science with small associations from big statistically significant studies, starts off with hard recommendations that are etched in stone–to save lives. The harsh rules are combined with public interest announcements adn medical advice and guidelines for treating physicians, punctuated with concerned people advocating a high level of concern about the new rules on TV and Radio, even the internet.
Then a few years or decades later, common sense comes to the party, and the fanatics say–well maybe it is time for us to loosen up the rules. Maybe we exaggerated a little or even tried to get peoples attention by creating anxiety or worse–compulsions.
Cardiac Risk factors? I know some, but except for inherited ones, the risks are not measured in big numbers, there’s a lot of uncertainty out there in the cardiac risk factor business. That’s why this or that blood test or number may be hyped, but now the cardiologists have decided to retreat to more reasonable, less anxious pronouncements and the usual opponent appear saying it’s no time to stop worrying, and eating right, and taking the right this or that for lipids and cholesterol.