Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring

Submitted by webmaster on Tue, 10/16/2018 - 15:33

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.

Annual flu vaccination for heart healthy life

Submitted by webmaster on Tue, 10/16/2018 - 15:09

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.