Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD and Timothy C. Dutta, MD, FACC Dr. Dutta practices Cardiology and Internal Medicine in New York City. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology. He serves on the Medicine Quality Assurance committee, and is a member of the Executive Medical Board of New York Presbyterian Hospital. His cardiology expertise includes preventive cardiology, coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, echocardiography, and stress testing. He is the cardiology expert on the Medical Advisory Board of Women’s Voices for Change. Patricia Yarberry-Allen, MD is a gynecologist, director of the New York Menopause Center, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and an Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital . She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Yarberry- Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC).
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New High Blood Pressure Guidelines: Can I Trust Them? (Dr. Pat Consults)

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD and Timothy C. Dutta, MD, FACC
By Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD and Timothy C. Dutta, MD, FACC

A cardiologist discusses three changes recommended in the new guidelines on management of high blood pressure: (1) a more lenient goal for patients older than age 60; (2) elimination of the category called "pre-hypertension"; and (3) the removal of a class of blood pressure drugs called beta blockers from the list of first-line agents.

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Dr. Pat Consults: What to Make of Those New Cholesterol Guidelines?

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD and Timothy C. Dutta, MD, FACC
By Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD and Timothy C. Dutta, MD, FACC

Is the new risk calculator overestimating risk and putting more people on statins than necessary? Is it underestimating risk and not putting enough people at risk on statins? Is it putting the wrong patients on statins?

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Dr. Pat Consults: “Do I Need to Take a Statin?”

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD and Timothy C. Dutta, MD, FACC
By Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD and Timothy C. Dutta, MD, FACC

Aside from preventing a heart attack in the short run, statins also slow, or even stop, the gradual formation of plaque that narrows the coronary arteries over a span of decades. Since there is almost no chance of getting rid of plaque once it is there, why not get a head start on prevention by starting the medication earlier, before the plaque forms?

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Dr. Pat Consults: Heart Disease by the Numbers (Good and Bad)

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD and Timothy C. Dutta, MD, FACC
By Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD and Timothy C. Dutta, MD, FACC

Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen is a collaborative physician. This week, she asks cardiologist Timothy C. Dutta to lay out the startling, research-backed numbers showing the impact of the lifestyle choices of Americans on their risk of heart disease.

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