Blood pressure and cholesterol levels are not the most accurate way of assessing the risk of heart attack and stroke, doctors believe.
Instead, measuring calcium build-up in the arteries [emphasis added] gives a better indicator of the likelihood of heart problems, they say.
In comparison, the traditional ways of assessing who should be prescribed preventative drugs such as statins are inaccurate.
…People with little or no calcium deposits in the arteries detected on CT scans are unlikely to suffer a heart attack or stroke, a study found. But doctors may have prescribed statins based on other factors. The study suggests up to a third of patients were taking them unnecessarily.
…Calcium build-up in the arteries marks the calcification of plaque, which results in hardening that can lead to heart attacks.
The latest study, published in the European Heart journal, adds to mounting evidence about the value of calcium scans in predicting heart attack risk.
…The technology is little used in the NHS, where there is limited availability of expensive scans, but widely used in private clinics.
Instead patients mostly have their risk calculated on family history, medical factors such as cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and lifestyle habits.
So, how to keep your arteries from clogging up like the heating element in your washing machine when a descaler isn’t being used? You guessed it, read my book.
[Source: Daily Mail]
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