NIH-funded study finds new possible risk factor of heart disease – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Heart rate turbulence reflects how well the heart reacts to occasional premature contractions, and may be a sign of heart-disease risk. Dr. Robin Boineau at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says otherwise low-risk older adults in a recent study were on average 8 to 9 times more likely to die of heart disease if they had abnormal heart rate turbulence values.
Boineau: If you didn’t have a sign that your heart rate turbulence was abnormal you were less likely to have a cardiovascular mortality event in the near future.
Narrator: For details on this study and heart disease risk, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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