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Heart Watch Blog: Risk Estimate Misses Women's Heart Disease Risk

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Dec 18, 2005

Risk Estimate Misses Women's Heart Disease Risk

Risk Estimate Misses Women's Heart Disease Risk
Women's risk of developing coronary artery disease would be missed many times if the conventional Framingham Risk Estimate is used for coronary disease calculation as per a new study.

The Framingham Risk Estimate (FRE) is a commonly used risk estimator for a person's risk of suffering a fatal or nonfatal heart attack within 10 years. The test is based on a number of major risk factors for coronary heart disease, including age, blood pressure, smoking, and blood cholesterol levels.

In one study, researchers from Johns Hopkins University compared the FRE results of women, average age 50, who had no symptoms of heart disease but had a sibling who'd been hospitalized with a heart attack or other kind of coronary event.

Using the FRE, the researchers found that 98 percent of the women were considered to be at low risk for future coronary heart disease while 2 percent were judged to be at intermediate risk. The researchers then compared these FRE scores to CT scans of calcium buildup in the women's arteries. Calcium buildup is a sign of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

The CT scans indicated that a third of the women classified as low risk according their FRE scores actually had coronary atherosclerosis.

Physicians should be aware of this shortcoming associated with Framingham Risk Estimate when it comes to treating women.

Daniel      



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Heart disease
About 13 million Americans (about 7 percent of the total population) suffer from coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in American men and women amounting a staggering 20 percent of all causes of death. About half of all deaths related to cardiovascular diseases occur from coronary artery disease. Through this heart watch blog we will have our humble contribution towards making men and women aware of the risks of heart diseases.

Heart Watch Blog: Risk Estimate Misses Women's Heart Disease Risk

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