Features July 2007 Issue

Tests That Predict Your Cardiac Future

Several tests assess risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack and death from heart disease, but can better prediction lead to successful prevention?

A review of recent cardiac studies reveals that researchers have been exploring new ways to more accurately predict cardiac risk. Using certain tests and models, doctors are better equipped to determine whether you’re at risk of cardiovascular disease and what your chances are of having a heart attack or dying if you already have CVD. But can this information lead doctors to better treatment decisions that prevent actual cardiac events?

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