Five Factors That Can Predict Heart Health

January 5, 2018 in Our News & Bulletins by Brio Home Health and Hospice

Cardiovascular disease is one of the most pervasive health issues today. Millions of people have or are at risk for developing it. Being able to predict the chances of developing it can make a difference. Currently, most methods require medical testing, which can be costly to patients. However, a recent study shows that examining five risk factors is almost as effective as blood testing.

These risk factors are blood pressure, exercise, body mass index (BMI), consumption of fruits and vegetables, and smoking. They compared this five-factor score, which they dubbed Fuster-BEWAT, to an established scoring system from the American Heart Association. This other scoring system used those factors plus blood testing for blood sugar and cholesterol. Researchers examined nearly 4,000 office workers using both systems and compared their scores on those tests to ultrasounds and CT scans. These scans would show early signs of heart disease such as plaque buildup in the arteries.

The office workers scored similarly on both tests. Researchers found that lower scores on both tests correlated to less of a chance of having clogged arteries. The Fuster measurement is comparable to the established one that involves blood testing. This is good as this method could be a great way for doctors in areas with less resources to assess a patient’s risks for heart disease.

This highlights the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Eating a balanced diet and exercising are key for heart health.

Source:

Fernández-Alvira, Juan Miguel, et al. “Predicting Subclinical Atherosclerosis in Low-Risk Individuals.” JACC: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Vol 70, Issue 30, 13 Nov. 2017, www.onlinejacc.org/content/70/20/2463.

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