A recent study has revealed that many Americans may be taking the wrong medications to address cardiovascular disease and stroke risks. A patient’s heart attack or stroke risk is often assessed through a routine set of questions, but those questions are based on data that was gathered approximately 70 years ago from people who were between the ages of 30 and 62.
Medical care, diet, and the environment have changed significantly since the 1940s, and relying on old data may not be very helpful. There was not a large section of African-Americans included in the previous data, thus their risks for heart attack and stroke may be underestimated, and their doctors may be giving patients false reassurances about their health.
Basing health evaluations on outdated data can result a host of medication errors, such as patients being over or under-medicated. Millions of Americans take aspirin, statins, and blood-pressure-regulating medications daily. Some of them may not be getting what they need or they may be getting too much.
The equations for heart attack and stroke risk are being updated based on newer data. This could improve the accuracy of assessments. The National Institute of Health has approved these new equations, but there is no word yet on when they will be put into effect.
If you have experienced an illness or injury because of a negligent medical assessment or medical care, please call the New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP at 732-777-0100 or contact us online. We will provide the knowledgeable guidance you need to obtain the compensation you deserve. Our offices are conveniently located in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, New Jersey, and we represent clients throughout the state.