Watchful wait in Aortic Stenosis – waiting for what?

November 2017 – Dr Chee L Khoo:

Aortic stenosis (AS) is the most common valvular heart disorder in Australia. About 3% of people >75 yo have AS and  most are diagnosed on incidental auscultation of the precordium or when echocardiogram is done for other reasons. The valve progressively narrows over years leading to cardiac failure. Sadly, once symptomatic, AS is rapidly fatal and often valve replacement is necessary.…

Saturated Fats – Good or Evil?

Unhealthy eating

October 2017 – Dr Chee L Khoo 

We have all been brought up to advise reducing total fat and saturated fatty acid intake, based on the presumption that replacing saturated fatty acids with carbohydrate and unsaturated fats will lower LDL cholesterol and should therefore reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) events. Several meta-analyses of randomised trials and prospective cohort studies8–10 and ecological studies,2 largely done in European and North American countries showed either no association or a lower risk between saturated fatty acid consumption with total mortality and CVD events.…