(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- New research shows even young and healthy adults
may still be at risk for heart disease, the number one killer in the United
According to current 10-year risk assessment data, more than 90 percent of
patients 50 years old or younger have a low risk of heart disease; however, when
researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas
factored in a lifetime risk model, they discovered about half of those 50 or
younger with a low short-term risk for heart disease may not remain at low risk
throughout their lifetime.
"There is a discrepancy between short-term and long-term risk," Jarett Berry,
M.D., an assistant professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern, was quoted
This information suggests traditional methods of testing for heart disease may
not be as effective as once thought. Dr. Berry says long-term risk estimation
could be beneficial if applied to current clinical practice. Combining the
long-term risk estimate with a short-term risk estimate could help doctors
counsel patients more effectively, he says.
Source: Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, January 19, 2009