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The Curbsiders Internal Medicine Podcast

Supercharge your learning as these board-certified Internists interview the experts to bring you clinical pearls, practice changing knowledge, and a healthy dose of humor. 

Nov 29, 2018

Tony Breu MD joins us for some hotcakes, and “cold cakes” including: how aspirin and zodiac sign affect the treatment of acute MI, a recent study on how exercise is probably still good for you, the recently announced REDUCE-IT trial, and the evidence (or lack thereof) for the treatment of hypertensive urgency. Welcome to another edition of Hotcakes and Hot Takes, where we discuss the most interesting articles and news that we have been reading. Special guest is the prolific Dr. Tony Breu (@tony_breu) who is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Hospitalist and Director of Internal Medicine Resident Education at the VA Boston Healthcare System. He is known for his series on "Things We Do For No Reason” as well as his thought-provoking “Tweetorials” online. ACP members can visit to claim free CME-MOC credit for this episode and show notes (goes live 0900 EST on day of release).

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Written and Produced by: Sarah Phoebe Roberts MPH, Christopher Chiu MD

CME Questions: Christopher Chiu MD

Hosts: Matthew Watto MD, Stuart Brigham MD, Paul Williams MD, and Christopher Chiu MD

Guest Presenter and Content Planning: Anthony Breu MD

Editor: Christopher Chiu MD

Cover-Art: Christopher Chiu MD

Time stamps
  • 00:00 Disclaimer, intro, guest bio
  • 05:53 Discussion on Tweetorials
  • 08:00 Cold Cake: ISIS-2 and the treatment of acute MI with aspirin
  • 14:04 ISIS-2 and zodiac subgroup analysis
  • 16:19 What is the relationship between cardiorespiratory fitness on mortality?
  • 24:40 Discussion of the REDUCE-IT study
  • 33:00 Cold Cake: VA Cooperative study and the evidence for treating essential hypertension
  • 36:42 TWDFNR and the treatment of hypertensive urgency
  • 46:36 Wrap-up and outro