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Popular Media and Cardiovascular Medicine: "with Great Power There Must Also Come Great Responsibility".

Agarwala A, Kohli P, Virani SS. Popular Media and Cardiovascular Medicine: "with Great Power There Must Also Come Great Responsibility". Current Atherosclerosis Reports. 2019 Oct 31; 21(11):43.

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Media sources, such as the Internet, television, and social media, have become powerful communication tools that have transformed the way medical information is acquired across the world. RECENT FINDINGS: Over 40% of today''s patients report that social media affects their healthcare decisions, and approximately 65% of healthcare professionals report using social media for professional activities. These enhanced communication tools have made a substantial impact on the widespread dissemination of medical information. However, as a consequence, popular media platforms have also become purveyors of medical misinformation. In this review, we propose a framework for clinicians on how to effectively and appropriately integrate medical information available via online resources including social media platforms into modern healthcare practices.

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