NIH-funded study finds new possible risk factor of heart disease – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Heart rate turbulence refers to how smoothly the heart rate returns to normal after a premature contraction, a fairly common event in which the second part of a heart beat is triggered too soon. Dr. Robin Boineau at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says a new study shows a great potential value for heart rate turbulence in diagnostic settings.
Boineau: If we can replicate this in other studies, we may be able to have a new biomarker with a non evasive test.
Narrator: Meaning measuring heart rate turbulence may be an easy and effective predictor for heart disease risk. 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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