NIH-funded study finds new possible risk factor of heart disease – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Traditional risk factors for heart disease include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, and smoking. Now a study has found a new possible risk factor. Dr. Robin Boineau at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says it is heart rate turbulence.
Boineau: If you had evidence of abnormal heart rate turbulence you were more likely to have an event, cardiovascular event, in the near future.
Narrator: Study participants considered at low risk of heart disease based on traditional risk factors were on average 8 to 9 times more likely to die of heart disease if they had abnormal heart rate turbulence values. For details, 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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