Heart test against future attacks

Monday, April 29th, 2013 | In Health | Tags: ,

Heart test against future attacks
~ Heart test against future attacks ~

A test to measure the heart’s electrical activity could help predict future heart attacks in otherwise healthy adults over 70. Researchers followed 2,192 healthy adults aged 70 to 79 for a period of eight years, according to the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The subjects started the study by getting an electrocardiogram or EKG or ECG, which measures the heart’s overall health. People who showed abnormalities in their EKGs saw a higher risk of heart disease over the course of the study than people whose EKGs were normal, even after researchers adjusted for risk factors like diabetes and high cholesterol.

Those who had minor abnormalities show up on their first test had a 35% higher risk of heart attack, while those with major abnormalities had a 51% increased risk, said the findings.

This research is taking EKG readings and adding other risk factor to better predict heart attacks. Heart disease is the leading killer in the United States as well as in many other countries.

Information via AFP.


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