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2009-07-01 07:19:15

Doctors know risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking put people at increased risk for heart attacks and strokes. But these conditions can strike people without these risk factors as well, so finding additional ways to identify risk is vital to ensuring people who need preventive treatments like cholesterol-lowering drugs get them. Researchers who looked at the value of biomarkers to find higher risk individuals, however, came up short in a recent study. While two...

2009-06-30 15:54:47

No clinically significant improvement over conventional risk factors for guiding therapyMeasurement of known biomarkers of cardiovascular disease slightly improves the ability to predict future heart attack or stroke in healthy individuals, but not enough to change preventive therapies. The study led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Lund University in Sweden appears in the July 1 Journal of the American Medical Association."While there currently does not appear to...

2009-06-23 09:23:45

Rates of death and hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease declined 30% over a 10-year period in Canada, according to a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) http://www.cmaj.ca/press/pgE118.pdf, pointing to successful efforts to prevent heart disease, the leading cause of death globally. However, for the first time, more women than men are dying of cardiovascular causes.The study, the first of its kind in Canada, looked at data from the Canadian Mortality Database,...

2009-06-16 12:12:32

Doctors who ignore the socioeconomic status of patients when evaluating their risk for heart disease are missing a crucial element that might result in inadequate treatment, according to a University of Rochester Medical Center study published in the June 2009 American Heart Journal.The current model that most doctors use to assess risk, known as Framingham Risk Scoring (FRS), does not accurately predict whether a person of low income and/or less than a high school education will develop...

2009-06-08 07:56:05

Unhealthy behaviors like smoking and excessive alcohol use could put you at risk for colorectal cancer.New research shows patients who drink more than seven drinks per week have a 60-percent greater risk of developing colorectal cancer than non-drinkers. Smoking, diabetes and obesity also showed a link to the disease, increasing one's risk by 20-percent. Previous studies have also shown high intakes of red meat and processed meat increase the risk of the disease by 20 percent."Most people...

2009-04-29 20:34:00

SEATTLE, April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reaching optimal levels for cholesterol and high blood pressure in people who've had a stroke adds up to prevent a second stroke or heart attack, according to a study to be presented as part of the Late-breaking Science Program at the American Academy of Neurology's 61st Annual Meeting in Seattle, April 25 - May 2, 2009. Researchers looked at four risk factors for stroke: high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, and high...

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2009-04-28 09:55:00

A comprehensive assessment of the risk factors for preventable deaths in the United States has found that smoking and high blood pressure are responsible for the greatest number of preventable deaths "“ each accounting for around 1 in 5 deaths in US adults. The study, published in the open-access journal PLoS Medicine this week, finds that other dietary, lifestyle and metabolic risk factors also cause a substantial number of deaths in the United States. Majid Ezzati, of the Harvard...

2009-04-02 09:17:34

Identifying two proteins that indicate the presence of inflammation can provide an important tool in predicting a patient's risk of stroke, said Baylor College of Medicine researchers in a report that appeared in a recent issue of the journal Stroke.Proteins as biomarkersThe proteins, known as biomarkers, include lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), said Vijay Nambi, M.D., assistant professor of medicine "“ atherosclerosis...

2009-03-30 09:35:33

Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine created the Health ABC Heart Failure Model for predicting risk of new onset heart failure in the elderly. Now that model has been strengthened by validating it in a separate library of patient data from an earlier cardiovascular study. The results suggest the Health ABC risk model can be used to identify high-risk individuals for whom interventions can be targeted cost-effectively to prevent heart failure. "This is a scoring system that could...

2009-01-28 08:56:50

Risk stratification has become central to strategies for the prevention of coronary heart disease, with the implication that priority is given to those at highest risk (ie, those with established heart disease). However, such stratification using the conventional risk estimation models may not be accurately achieved in individuals without symptoms, especially those in younger age groups whose 10-year "short-term" estimated risk seems low.For example, while the Framingham Risk Score is...