Wednesday June 19, 2019

Here Comes The Novel Method to Predict Fatal Heart Disease

Furthermore, the technology does not require any radiation exposure, which is essential in nuclear stress tests

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stress cardiac MRI can not only diagnose heart disease, but can also predict which cases are potentially fatal. Pixabay

A novel method called stress cardiac MRI can not only diagnose heart disease, but can also predict which cases are potentially fatal, suggests a new research.

The study showed that predicting mortality is a key requirement for the technology to be more widely used.

In addition, results suggest cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) has the potential to be a non-invasive, non-toxic alternative to stress echocardiograms, catheterisations and stress nuclear exams in identifying the severity of the coronary artery disease.

“We’ve known for some time that CMR is effective at diagnosing coronary artery disease, but it’s still not commonly used and represents less than one per cent of stress tests used in this country,” said senior author Robert Judd, co-director of the Duke Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Center in the US.

For the study, researchers analysed data from more than 9,000 patients who underwent CMR.

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The technology does not require any radiation exposure, which is essential in nuclear stress tests.Representational image. (IANS)

The findings, published in JAMA Cardiology, showed that for patients without any history of heart disease and at low-risk based on traditional clinical criteria, those with an abnormal CMR scan were 3.4 times more likely to die compared to patients with a normal CMR scan.

For the entire patient population, there was a strong association between an abnormal stress CMR and mortality, even after adjusting for patient age, sex and cardiac risk factors, the team found.

While non-invasive cardiac stress testing is a cornerstone in the clinical management of patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease, CMR works as well or better than other exams at identifying heart wall motion, cell death and the presence of low blood flow, said the study.

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Furthermore, the technology does not require any radiation exposure, which is essential in nuclear stress tests.

“With the findings from this study suggesting that stress CMR is effective in predicting mortality, we provide a strong basis for a head-to-head study between stress CMR and other modalities,” Judd noted. (IANS)

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Three or More Eggs in a Day Increases your Risk of Heart Disease and Early Death, Says Study

Researchers have warned that eating more than two eggs daily can increase the risk of death

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Eggs, Heart Disease, Early Death
Consuming more than 300 milligrams of cholesterol per day was associated with a 17 per cent higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Pixabay

Egg lovers please take note. Researchers have warned that eating more than two eggs daily can increase the risk of death and developing cardiovascular diseases.

Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the study tracked the diets, health and lifestyle habits of nearly 30,000 adults in the US for as long as 31 years.

It was found that the cholesterol in eggs, when consumed in large quantities, is associated with ill health effects, said Katherine Tucker, Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in the US.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, one large egg contains nearly 200 milligrams of cholesterol, roughly the same amount as an eight-ounce steak.

Eggs, Heart Disease, Early Death
Egg lovers please take note. Pixabay

Consuming more than 300 milligrams of cholesterol per day was associated with a 17 per cent higher risk of cardiovascular disease and an 18 per cent higher risk of death.

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“Eating several eggs a week is reasonable but I recommend people to avoid eating three egg omelettes every day. Nutrition is all about moderation and balance,” Tucker said. (IANS)