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Cholesterol crystals are sure sign a heart attack may loom

A new Michigan State University study on 240 emergency room patients shows just how much of a role a person’s cholesterol plays, when in a crystallized state, during a heart attack. George Abela, lead author and chief cardiologist at MSU, analyzed the material that was obstructing the coronary arteries of patients who had suffered a heart attack and found that 89 percent of them had an excessive amount of these crystallized structures, referred to as cholesterol crystals.

The research is now published online in the American Journal of Cardiology. READ MORE

Physicians with increased stress make more mistakes in patient care

Bengt Arnetz, professor and chair of family medicine in the College of Human Medicine, has found in a new study that the more stress a physician experiences, the more likely he or she will make a minor mistake in patient care.


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