Good communication skills are essential for physicians because explaining concepts like cardiovascular disease and stroke risk to patients is part of the art of medicine. In this segment, the panelists discuss strategies for communicating risk and talk about using the ASCVD Risk Estimator tool in practice.
Although the guidelines call for higher doses of statin therapy in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease, patients who are not at high-risk may benefit from a lower starting dose. The panelists agree that physicians should discuss the pros and cons of this approach with their patients.
From working in the wilderness to waiting at the finish line of some of the most extreme races around the country doctors are going as far from the medical offices as their patients do in order to provide the best level of service possible.
Columbia University's Informatics for Diabetes Education and Telemedicine (IDEATel) project, a 4-year Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-sponsored demonstration project, showed that a telemedicine intervention can improve glycemic, lipid, and blood pressure control.