Monday, June 14, 2010

Study finds heart and circulation ultrasound can better determine heart disease risk in obese women

Heart circulation and ultrasounds trumps current predictors of heart disease among women with metabolic risk factors

Despite being identified as low risk for heart disease by traditional risk assessment tools, a study found that women who are obese or have metabolic syndrome can benefit from heart and circulation ultrasound exams to more accurately determine their risk. The Mass General Heart Center researchers determined that the ultrasound screenings for these women helped determine how aggressively to intervene with treatment. These findings were presented at the 21st Annual Scientific Sessions of the America Society of Echocardiography.

Read the full news release about this study lead by Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center cardiologist Danya L. Dinwoodey, MD.

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