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25 BEST HEALTH TECH INFOGRAPHICS OF 2014 - 2/3

de System Administrator - jueves, 15 de enero de 2015, 20:46
 

25 BEST HEALTH TECH INFOGRAPHICS OF 2014 - 2/3

Annual yearly recap of the best health tech infographics created in 2014

Over the past 12 months, HIT Consultant has covered some of the most in-depth and well designed healthcare technology related infographics in this industry. Infographics provide a great way to display complex information or research data in a visually appealing format. Themes this year covered the gamut of healthcare technology including trends transforming health IT (EHR, meaningful use), mobile healthcare, patient engagement, big data and much more.

For our annual recap, we’ve collected 25 of our favorite healthcare technology infographics of 2014 shown below based on the following criteria: 

    • Storytelling
    • Valuable information
    • Data Visualization & Design Creativity
    • Data Sources
    • Insightful key takeaways
    • Popularity (number of social shares)

11. ACO Trends to Watch

12. How Mobile Medical Apps Are Poised to Revolutionize Healthcare

Infographic created by global science, technology and product development services company Sagentiaillustrates how mobile medical apps are poised to revolutionize healthcare. 

13. Top Physician Information Sources by Mobile Device

Key findings from Wolters Kluwer Health’s 2013 Physician Outlook Survey conducted by Ipsos of more than 300 practicing primary care physicians.

14. Apple HealthKit vs. Google Fit: A Developer’s Perspective

Infographic created by True Vault, a HIPAA compliant database as a service provider illustrates how Apple HealthKit stacks up against Google’s Fit digital health platform from a developer’s perspective. It also highlights Samsung’s SAMI (Samsung Architecture Multimodal Interaction) ecosystem and their new sensor-filled watch “Simband.”

15. Embracing Cloud in Healthcare

Key findings from HIMSS Analytics inaugural Cloud Survey on embracing the cloud in healthcare.

16. How Android is Transforming the Medical Devices Market

How the Android platform is improving healthcare using new technologies and apps to enhance the quality of medical care.created by Hughes Systique Corporation

17. The Rise of HIPAA Violations

Illustration provides a picture of the regulatory landscape along with the type of complaints, breaches and fines that occur due to HIPAA violations created by TrueVault

18. Top Digital Health Consumer Activities of U.S. Households

Nearly 60% of U.S. broadband households own some kind of personal health and wellness device, such as a digital weight scale or glucometer, and new designs and form factors, such as smart watches, have generated considerable consumer interest.

19. The Average Health IT Salary is $89,879 in 2014

The average health IT salary is $89,879.43 with 30 percent also receiving an average bonus of $31,100.52, according to the new 2014 Health IT Salary report conducted by HeathITJobs.com

20. The Inefficient State of Supply Chain in Healthcare

Link: http://hitconsultant.net











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25 BEST HEALTH TECH INFOGRAPHICS OF 2014 - 3/3

de System Administrator - jueves, 15 de enero de 2015, 20:58
 

25 BEST HEALTH TECH INFOGRAPHICS OF 2014 - 3/3

Annual yearly recap of the best health tech infographics created in 2014

Over the past 12 months, HIT Consultant has covered some of the most in-depth and well designed healthcare technology related infographics in this industry. Infographics provide a great way to display complex information or research data in a visually appealing format. Themes this year covered the gamut of healthcare technology including trends transforming health IT (EHR, meaningful use), mobile healthcare, patient engagement, big data and much more.

For our annual recap, we’ve collected 25 of our favorite healthcare technology infographics of 2014 shown below based on the following criteria: 

    • Storytelling
    • Valuable information
    • Data Visualization & Design Creativity
    • Data Sources
    • Insightful key takeaways
    • Popularity (number of social shares)

21. The Rise of Clinical Mobility in Healthcare

Examines how clinical mobility solutions — critical to clinical workflows — are making data more readily available, improving workflow and efficiency, and enhancing the patient experience, both inside the hospital and beyond created by created by CDW Healthcare 

22. 25th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey

Key findings from the 25th Annual 2014 HIMSS Leadership Survey, which highlights the journey of health IT over the past 25 years. The Survey examines a wide array of topics crucial to healthcare leaders including IT priorities, issues driving and challenging technology adoption and IT security.

23. State of Mobile Technologies in Healthcare Today

Key findings from HIMSS Analytics 3rd Annual Mobile Survey, which examines the mHealth landscape and examines the use of mobile devices in provider patient care improvement initiatives.

24. Intersecting Trends in HIT: Population Health Management & Business Intelligence

Illustrates how population health management and business intelligence tools are playing a bigger role in the changing HIT landscape created by CDW Healthcare

25. Rx for Doctor Disconnect

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 90% of physicians are using smartphones, but only a tenth of our hospitals are offering a secure texting solution at their facilities. Infographic highlights the doctor disconnect trend by exploring the key issues and risks contributing to poor physician engagement created by Voalte

26. HIMSS: The State of Healthcare Innovation 2014

Key findings from the 2013 Healthcare Provider Innovation Survey with select U.S. hospitals, academic medical centers, children’s and ambulatory care centers to understand the current state of innovation within provider organizations by HIMSS and AVIA.

Link: http://hitconsultant.net







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29% of Broadband Households Own A Connected Health Device

de System Administrator - jueves, 18 de junio de 2015, 19:03
 

29% of Broadband Households Own A Connected Health Device

29% of U.S. broadband households own a connected health device and 12% of U.S. broadband households own multiple connected health devices, according to market research firm Parks Associates. The report, Digitally Fit: Products and Services for Connected Consumers examines the current adoption and usage of connected health devices with analysis of multiple nationwide surveys of U.S. broadband households. Global revenues from connected fitness trackers is also expected to increase from over $2 billion in 2014 to $5.4 billion by 2019. 

The research firm will address new partnerships between device manufacturers and health insurance providers, as well as other key issues in the growing connected health market, at the second-annual Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, September 9-10, at the Omni San Diego Hotel.

“The adoption rate for fitness trackers and GPS watches has increased, while the adoption rate for other connected health devices has been more stable, said Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates. “Fitness trackers stand out as one of the more successful product categories thanks to the release of better products and major marketing campaigns.” 

Additional Parks Associates mobile research finds: 

– 50% of U.S. broadband households use an online health tool to communicate with their doctor, access personal health data, or fill prescriptions 

– Smart watch sales will exceed 100 million units in 2019 

– Over 80% of U.S. mobile subscriptions will be 4G LTE by 2018 

– 19% of smartphone owners find a master health app that aggregates data from all health apps very appealing. 

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Link: http://hitconsultant.net

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3 growth areas for patient engagement in healthcare

de System Administrator - lunes, 5 de octubre de 2015, 17:46
 

3 growth areas for patient engagement in healthcare

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3 long-term healthcare changes on the horizon

de System Administrator - lunes, 27 de abril de 2015, 23:12
 

3 long-term healthcare changes on the horizon

Leaders share what industry will look like in 5-15 years

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3 tips for getting along with Dr. Google

de System Administrator - miércoles, 6 de mayo de 2015, 15:22
 

3 tips for getting along with Dr. Google

Physicians can use online health information for more productive visits

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4 factors for successful value-based care

de System Administrator - martes, 10 de noviembre de 2015, 19:02
 

4 factors for successful value-based care

By Ron Shinkman

Society of Actuaries provides road map to aid transition away from fee-for-service

New research from the Society of Actuaries has identified several factors that will help ensure a provider's successful transition to value-based care.

The report, "Navigating The Transition To Value-Based Care," concluded that the payment models must include:

  • A reasonable method to determine patient costs

  • An equitable process for allocating quality incentives among participating healthcare providers 

  • A well-designed provider network aimed at fostering cost savings

  • The most efficient healthcare delivery system within the specific market  

However, the society also noted it was difficult to observe and draw conclusions from many examples of value-based care.

"The authors found that it is neither easy nor transparent to see how these organizations interact or coordinate results, even for those well-versed in U.S. healthcare," the report said. "In addition, methods of reporting results of payment reform studies were not necessarily methodologically rigorous, which made it difficult to reach definitive conclusions on whether specific reported payment reform models were successful."

The U.S. healthcare sector is struggling to make progress with value-based payment initiatives. Many providers have made little progress with their initiatives, and seem to be hesitant to ditch the time-honored fee-for-service model. And while some progress has been made in reducing the levels of "low-value care" that are being delivered, many providers have dropped out of the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program, noting that they have struggled to meet the performance and financial goals that have been delineated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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5 Best Practices to Make Healthcare Innovation Partnerships Work

de System Administrator - jueves, 4 de septiembre de 2014, 23:30
 

5 Best Practices to Make Healthcare Innovation Partnerships Work

Healthcare innovation partnerships can make a huge difference in the way common ailments are regarded by the medical care community. By promoting efficient distribution of data and enhancing the ability to combine resources to gain a deeper perspective into these issues, such partnerships can play a major role to in furthering medical advancements. The collaboration of Merck Medical Information and Innovation M2i2 and online research community PatientsLikeMe is a case in point.

 

Sachin Jain, M.D., M.B.A

Entrepreneurs and start-ups are preferred partners for Merck because they have the ‘best technology that‘s out there and they bring the Silicon Valley DNA to the thinking process…’,says Sachin Jain.

The initial agenda of the partnership was to test how information on real world health outcomes assimilated by an online evidence network could impact drug development, with the original test community being psoriasis patients. However, it was found that the partnership did not really live up to expectations as data on outcomes was very limited. This is a risk that is inherent in such partnerships. Under the leadership of Chief Medical Information and Innovation Officer Sachin Jain, M.D., M.B.A., M2i2 turned the partnership around by shifting focus to another key area of interest, sleep deprivation. The initial disappointment and subsequent success gave Dr. Jain a unique insight into the following 5 best practices on leveraging collaborations/partnerships in healthcare.

1) Sharing risk and responsibility with the partner judiciously

Risk and responsibility are both extensively involved in such partnerships and it is necessary to choose a partner organization that is trustworthy enough to be given due flexibility to work independently within its own space. The most important requirement is that your partner shares your commitment to arrive at valuable conclusion/inferences. At the same time, you have to demonstrate your reliability and adaptability to encourage your partner to reciprocate the same.

2) Transparency is priority

Stealth innovation may be the preferred path for many, but at Merck, the partnership exercise clearly indicated that complete transparency was necessary for seamless continuation of research. Despite having to contend with red tape, transparency brings all of the key players on board in both the organizations involved in the partnership. This makes data accessing easy, allows for improved collaborative efforts, and enables the pooling of a wider set of skills to make data collection and analysis easier and more accurate. Transparency necessitates the establishment of strong guidelines that help immensely when significant changes need to be made in the partnership agenda.

3) Measure progress against the objectives

Measuring the progress of the partnership against the original objectives allows you to view the success of the partnership objectively. In the case of the M2i2-PatientsLikeMe partnership, the initial lack of success prompted Dr. Jain to quickly switch over to another viable agenda instead of simply letting the partnership run its course and end up with data that was worth little to the company. Reviewing the success of the partnership and being ready to switch tracks or pull out is essential in the partnership game.

4) A skilled team at the center makes a difference

To ensure that the partnership flourishes, joint effort from both organizations is necessary. This can happen only when skilled individuals are involved in the task at both ends. Collaboration needs to be carried out effectively, such as with said partnership where a Merck team member was working with the PatientsLikeMe weekly. This helped Merck derive quality results in minimum time despite the much smaller size and completely different business structure of PatientsLikeMe.

5) Remain committed when your focus changes

With the M2i2- PatientsLikeMe partnership, both organizations quickly refocused and committed resources and support to the new agenda. A decline in enthusiasm may be inevitable when the focal point of such research and study suddenly changes, but it is up to the team leaders at both the partner organizations to keep the team motivated for the new scope and objective of the partnership.

The final word is that with such partnerships, it is necessary for each and every member involved in the task to take personal responsibility for the success of the project. Publicizing the partnerships and its perceived benefits at company-wide gatherings gives the team members involved the enthusiasm and passion necessary to derive maximum benefits.

Another very important factor behind the success of healthcare innovation partnerships is that the collaboration needs to remain agile and effective. Only then can the best resources of both partners be utilized optimally to make the partnership truly beneficial for themselves, the health care community, and the patients who are the ultimate beneficiaries of any innovation in this field.

References: 

http://www.mmm-online.com/how-to-make-healthcare-innovation-work-in-the-real-worldmercks-partnership-with-patientslikeme/article/359789/

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5 Digital Health Trends Reshaping Healthcare

de System Administrator - miércoles, 8 de julio de 2015, 22:06
 

5 Digital Health Trends Reshaping Healthcare

Healthcare executives expect that, within the next three years, their industry will need to focus as much on training machines as they do on training people, according to one finding from a new report by Accenture. The Accenture 2015 Healthcare IT Vision is based on a survey of doctors, consumers and healthcare executives and] highlights emerging technology trends that will affect the health industry in the next three to five years.

84% of health executives surveyed agree or strongly agree that healthcare industry will need to focus as much on training machines – such as using algorithms, intelligent software and machine learning – as they do on training people in the next three years. In fact, most of those surveyed (83 percent) agree that provider organizations, driven by a surge in clinical data, will soon need to manage intelligent machines as well as employees.

The Accenture Healthcare IT Vision 2015 report reveals five key digital health trends reshaping the healthcare industry:

1. The Internet of Me: Your healthcare, personalized Welcome to the era of personalized healthcare defined by meaningful and convenient individual health experiences.

2. Outcome Economy: Hardware producing healthy results New intelligence is bridging the digital enterprise and the physical world. It’s about more than technology; it’s about delivering results.

3. Platform Revolution: Defining ecosystems, redefining healthcare Healthcare IT platforms capture data from disparate sources (e.g., wearables, phones, glucometers), and connect it to provide patients and caregivers a holistic and real-time view of your health.

4. Intelligent Enterprise: Huge data, smarter systems, better healthcare A data explosion, accompanied by advances in processing power, health analytics and cognitive technology, is fueling software intelligence. Medical devices and wearables can now recognize, “think” and respond accordingly.

5. Workforce Reimagined: Collaboration at the intersection of humans and healthcare As the digital revolution gains momentum, doctors and healthcare workers are now using machines to be more efficient, provide better care and take on increasingly more complex tasks.

These trends clearly prove that digital health is dramatically influencing the healthcare industry today, and it will continue to do so for decades to come. The infographic shown below illustrates these five key findings from the report (attached image).

“As the digital revolution gains momentum, doctors and clinicians will use machines to augment human labor, personalize care and manage more complex tasks,” said Kaveh Safavi J.D. M.D., who leads Accenture’s health business. “The digital revolution is also creating a data goldmine that can spark medical breakthroughs and improve individualized treatment plans.”

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5 hábitos saludables podrían reducir 80% de los infartos

de System Administrator - jueves, 9 de octubre de 2014, 10:42
 
Conductas de bajo riesgo

5 hábitos saludables podrían reducir 80% de los infartos

La alimentación saludable, junto con hábitos de vida de bajo riesgo y ausencia de adiposidad abdominal puede prevenir la gran mayoría de episodios de infarto de miocardio en hombres.

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 Alimentación y hábitos de vida de bajo riesgo en la prevención primaria del infarto de miocardio en hombres.

Resumen

El objetivo de este estudio fue analizar el beneficio de la alimentación y los hábitos de vida saludables sobre la incidencia del infarto de miocardio (IM) en hombres. Se efectuó un seguimiento de 11 años a una cohorte de 20721 hombres de 45-79 años.

Las conductas de bajo riesgo fueron:

  1. Alimentación saludable
  2. Consumo de alcohol moderado
  3. Actividad física
  4. Ausencia de tabaquismo
  5. Ausencia de adiposidad abdominal.

Durante ese tiempo se comprobaron 1361 casos nuevos de IM. La combinación de conductas saludables sólo presente en el 1% de los hombres, pudo prevenir el 79% de los episodios de IM.

Introducción

La incidencia y la mortalidad de la enfermedad coronaria (EC) disminuyeron en muchas regiones del mundo, pero la carga de enfermedad aún es grande. Aunque los tratamientos farmacológicos para el descenso de los lípidos y de la hipertensión son eficaces para disminuir los episodios coronarios, la observancia de hábitos de vida saludables sigue teniendo un impacto notable. En contraste con los tratamientos farmacológicos, las estrategias no farmacológicas para contribuir a la prevención de la EC no tienen el riesgo de efectos colaterales.

Para la incidencia de EC, hasta el 77% - 82% de los episodios se atribuyeron a la falta de observancia de hábitos de vida de bajo riesgo, que para las mujeres consisten en 5 opciones saludables. En los hombres de los EEUU, el riesgo atribuible correspondiente fue del 62%, y del 57% entre los que recibían medicamentos para la hipertensión o la hipercolesterolemia.

En este trabajo se estudió el beneficio de combinar alimentación y hábitos de vida saludables sobre la incidencia del infarto de miocardio (IM) en una gran cohorte prospectiva de hombres suecos sanos.

Se estimó la carga de EC que podría haber sido evitada si todos los hombres hubieran cumplido con una dieta saludable, consumo de alcohol moderado, actividad física, supresión del tabaquismo y hubieran evitado la adiposidad abdominal. Se efectuó un análisis aparte de los hombres con hipertensión e hipercolesterolemia.

Métodos

En 1997, todos los hombres nacidos entre 1918 y 1952 residentes en dos provincias de Suecia central recibieron un cuestionario que incluía 350 preguntas sobre su alimentación y otros factores de sus hábitos de vida (la tasa de respuestas fue del 49%). Esta gran cohorte es representativa de los hombres suecos de 45 a 79 años en cuanto a la distribución por edad, el nivel educativo y la prevalencia de sobrepeso.

Tras la exclusión de los que tenían antecedentes de enfermedades que podrían haber causado cambios en la alimentación y los hábitos de vida, quedaron 20721 hombres para el estudio. Se efectuó un análisis aparte de 7139 hombres con hipertensión e hipercolesterolemia.

Evaluación de los factores alimentarios de hábitos de vida

La alimentación se evaluó mediante un cuestionario semicuantitativo autoadministrado, con preguntas sobre 96 alimentos (Food Frecuency Questionnare). La alimentación saludable se identificó según la Puntuación de alimentos recomendados (PAR) (Recommended Food Score), ideada en 2000 por Kant et al. como una manera sencilla de definir la calidad de la alimentación separando los alimentos saludables de los menos saludables, sobre la base de los conocimientos actuales y las recomendaciones alimentarias.

La PAR es un excelente factor pronóstico de mortalidad e incluye los alimentos con efecto favorable sobre la salud cardiovascular, como frutas, verduras, legumbres, frutas secas, lácteos descremados, granos enteros y pescado. Se asignó una puntuación de 1 (hasta un máximo de 25) para ≥ 1 porción por semana de cualquiera de 3 productos lácteos descremados, pan crocante y pan integral, mientras que para los restantes alimentos la frecuencia de consumo fue por lo menos 1 - 3 veces por mes.

Se consideró que aquéllos con puntuación en el quintilo más alto (puntuación 23 - 25) tenían una alimentación saludable variada (alimentación de bajo riesgo). En un análisis post hoc, sólo el quintilo superior se asoció con disminución estadísticamente significativa del riesgo de IM. La puntuación de alimentos no recomendados (Non-Recommended Food Score) se basó sobre 21 alimentos, entre ellos las carnes rojas procesadas, las papas fritas, las grasas sólidas, el queso no descremado, el pan blanco y los cereales refinados y diversos alimentos dulces.

El grupo de bajo riesgo con respecto al alcohol comprendió los hombres que consumían cantidades moderadas de alcohol (10 - 30 g/día).

Se consideraron el tabaquismo, la actividad física y la adiposidad abdominal como los tres principales factores de bajo riesgo no alimentarios modificables. Se consideró que la actividad física de bajo riesgo CV incluía tanto actividad física como caminata y ciclismo diarios y un ejercicio semanal más vigoroso.

De esta manera, el grupo de bajo riesgo estuvo compuesto por hombres que no fumaban, que caminaban o practicaban ciclismo durante por lo menos 40 min/día y hacían ejercicio más vigoroso por lo menos 1 hora por semana y tenían una circunferencia abdominal <95 cm.

Resultados

 

Durante una media de 11 años, se comprobaron 1361 casos nuevos de IM. Globalmente, fue más probable que los hombres con alimentación de bajo riesgo tuvieran mayor nivel educativo, no fumaran y no vivieran solos.

Cada factor de los hábitos de vida se asoció inversamente y, tras el ajuste mutuo, para los otros elementos del perfil de bajo riesgo, independientemente del riesgo de episodios coronarios.

Esta disminución del riesgo correspondió al 18% para la alimentación saludable, al 11% para el consumo de alcohol moderado, al 36% para la ausencia de tabaquismo, al 3% para la actividad físicay al 12% para una circunferencia abdominal normal.

En total, el 8,7% de los hombres combinaron la alimentación de bajo riesgo con el consumo moderado de alcohol. La media de su consumo diario fue de 5 porciones de verduras y frutas, 4 de granos enteros (o de salvado) y el consumo semanal de 2,2 porciones de pescado.

La mediana de consumo de alcohol en este grupo fue de 17 g/día. En relación con el grupo de alto riesgo, que no cumplió los criterios de ninguno de los 5 factores de la alimentación de bajo riesgo ni de los hábitos de vida, esta conducta alimentaria y de consumo moderado de se asoció con una reducción del riesgo de IM del 35%.

En el análisis final, los autores investigaron el efecto combinado de todas las prácticas de bajo riesgo. 

El perfil final completo de bajo riesgo, con los 5 factores, cumplido por el 1% de la población del estudio, se asoció con un 86% menos de riesgo de IM que el grupo de alto riesgo sin factores de bajo riesgo.

El riesgo atribuible poblacional estimado para el perfil completo de bajo riesgo en relación con los restantes hombres de la población del estudio fue del 79%. Esto sugiere que 4 de 5 episodios coronarios podrían haber sido evitados si todos los hombres hubieran observado conductas de bajo riesgo.

En otro análisis se evaluó la asociación entre las conductas de bajo riesgo y el riesgo de IM entre 7139 hombres con hipertensión e hipercolesterolemia al inicio del estudio con 765 nuevos casos comprobados de IM.

Las tasas de incidencia estandarizadas para la edad y los índices de riesgo descendieron al agregar cada factor de bajo riesgo. La diferencia de tasas absoluta entre ningún factor de riesgo versus 5 factores de bajo riesgo fue de 778 casos por 100000 años-persona, similar a la de hombres sin hipertensión ni hipercolesterolemia.

Discusión

En este estudio de cohortes prospectivo de hombres sanos, se observó que la alimentación de bajo riesgo junto con el consumo moderado de bebidas alcohólicas se asoció con el 35% de reducción del riesgo de IM primario en relación con hombres del grupo de alto riesgo (i.e., hombres que no tenían ninguno de los 5 factores de bajo riesgo).

Los hombres que combinaron esta alimentación de bajo riesgo y el consumo moderado de alcohol con hábitos de vida de bajo riesgo (no fumar, actividad física y evitación de la adiposidad abdominal) tuvieron un riesgo 86% menor. El efecto favorable de combinar la alimentación, los hábitos de vida y un peso corporal saludable puede prevenir aproximadamente hasta 4 de 5 casos de IM en esta población sana. El descenso de los riesgos con el mayor cumplimiento de conductas de bajo riesgo se observó también en hombres con hipertensión e hipercolesterolemia.

En esta cohorte de hombres sin antecedentes de enfermedad cardiovascular (ECV), hipertensión, hipercolesterolemia o diabetes al inicio del estudio, la reducción observada en la incidencia de IM asociada con alimentación saludable junto con el consumo moderado de alcohol fue similar a la de un estudio español reciente que analizó la dieta mediterránea, complementada con aceite de oliva o frutos secos. En el 29% de pacientes sin ECV, pero con alto riesgo cardiovascular, la dieta mediterránea combinada disminuyó significativamente el riesgo de ECV en relación con una dieta control.

Al contrario de los alimentos saludables, el consumo de alcohol no se puede recomendar sin reservas para reducir la ECV. Aunque su consumo moderado puede proteger de la ECV, el abuso de alcohol es uno de los 3 factores de riesgo más importantes de la carga global de todas las enfermedades.

Riesgos atribuibles poblacionales similares se observaron en mujeres estadounidenses (82%) y suecas (77%), así como en hombres de los EEUU (62%). En el presente estudio, sólo el 1% de la población integró el grupo de bajo riesgo. Recientemente se observó muy baja frecuencia (0,1% - 2%) de “salud cardiovascular ideal,” según la definición de la American Heart Association en las muestras nacionales de ese país.

Esta definición incluyó 4 (excluyó el alcohol) de 5 opciones de hábitos de bajo riesgo junto con cifras favorables de colesterol total, glucosa en ayunas y presión arterial. Programas dirigidos a los hombres para aumentar la proporción de los que adoptan conductas de bajo riesgo podrían ser de gran impacto sobre la carga de enfermedad.

Es de gran importancia que estos hábitos de vida sean modificables y los cambios prospectivos de hábitos de alto riesgo a otros de bajo riesgo se asociaron con disminución del 27% de la incidencia de ECV. Es, sin embargo evidente que una prevención amplia sólo se podrá alcanzar inhibiendo el inicio y el establecimiento de cualquier conducta de alto riesgo y asegurándose de que las conductas de bajo riesgo ideales se introduzcan tempranamente y continúen durante toda la vida.

 

Conclusiones

Este estudio indica que una alimentación saludable, junto con hábitos de vida de bajo riesgo y ausencia de adiposidad abdominal pueden prevenir la gran mayoría de episodios de infarto de miocardio en hombres.

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