Wednesday, October 22, 2008

CHF and Fracture

The American Heart Association reports on an increased risk of fracture with congestive heart failure (CHF).

The article addresses issues such as parathyroid hormone, calcium and vitamin D and the bisphosphonate drugs for osteoporosis. One of the researchers wants better osteoporosis screening for people with heart disease and CHF.

What the study ignores is the common proactive of prescribing diuretics for people with CHF.

It is a well known fact that long term use of diuretics leads to osteoporosis.

Was this excluded to gain further prescribing for the risky bisphosphonates that do little to improve bone health?

Congestive heart failure increases risk of fractures: study

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