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Answer to "How Long Will I Live?" May Be Revealed in a Stress Test

Your performance on a treadmill can reveal how your body is aging.

"Using this formula, we would tell a 45-year-old patient with a score of 55 that his stress testing performance is more consistent with that of someone 10 years older, and that he is not likely to live as long as his 45-year-old peers," cardiologist Serge Harb, MD, explains. "It makes it easy for patients to understand their risk. We hope it will encourage them to exercise more."

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    Ask The Doctors: September 2019

    Such a group was studied in REDUCE-IT. This trial involved 8,179 patients with CVD or diabetes plus other risk factors and LDL levels of 40-100 mg/dL on statin therapy. Over five years, 4 grams a day of the fish oil icosapent ethyl reduced both first and subsequent heart attacks...

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    Download The Full September 2019 Issue PDF

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