A procedure called coronary artery calcium scoring, or CAC, that checks for calcium build-up in the arteries, is better at identifying those at risk for heart attack or stroke and determining whether patients at moderate risk of heart problems would benefit from cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins, says a study in The Lancet. The study, which compared the benefits of the calcium test in estimating heart attack risk with a blood test that assesses C-reactive protein levels, followed 2,083 people for six years.
The research presented during the 2012 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress suggests that influenza or flu vaccination not only protects from flu but also could decrease heart related diseases. Dr. Jacob A Udell, MD, a clinical investigator at Women’s College Hospital, Toronto, Canada and his colleagues through their study discovered that flu shot reduces the risk of heart attacks by 50% and cardiac deaths by 40%. Common flu is a viral disease which attacks people seasonally.