Younger doctors are more likely to prescribe drugs for cardiovascular (CV) issues, research has suggested.
Published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice, the report found that 83 per cent of doctors under the age of 45 prescribe blood pressure drugs.
However, just 78 per cent those aged between 46 and 55 do so, suggesting a difference in clinical approaches.
Indeed, older doctors were found to be more likely to offer lifestyle advice to their patients.
Those over 55 had the highest probability of offering advice on stopping smoking, while those aged between 46 and 55 were more likely to urge their patients to follow a healthy diet and take more exercise.
Professor Massimo Volpe from the Faculty of Medicine at Sapienza University in Rome, commented: "Although younger doctors prescribed more drugs, this did not result in significantly better control of their patients' major CV risk factors, suggesting that other factors have an important role to play in the clinical management of CV risk, including lifestyle changes."
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Heart treatment news : 18 May 2011