Survey: Cardiologists' prevention training lacking

April 24, 2012 12:46:42 PM PDT
Future heart doctors may not be getting enough training in the area of prevention.

A survey of programs for new cardiologists suggests only a fraction of them are getting enough prevention education.

Leading heart organizations have recommended cardiologists in training have at least a month's worth of experience is settings devoted to prevention.

These include medication, diet, weight loss, smoking cessation and lifestyle changes.

The research in the American Journal of Cardiology did not measure whether more training meant doctors were more likely to use prevention in their practice.