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Calcium in Coronary Arteries as a Risk Factor in Women

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ScienceDaily (Dec. 12, 2007) — About 5 percent of women considered low-risk for heart disease by current classification standards have evidence of advanced coronary artery calcium and may be at increased risk for cardiovascular events, according to a report in the December 10/24 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

The Framingham risk score–which includes such factors as age, cholesterol and blood pressure levels, smoking habits and diabetes–is a standard approach for assessing an individual’s risk of developing coronary heart disease in the next 10 years, according to background information in the article. Americans are considered low-risk if they have an estimated risk of less than 10 percent in 10 years, and high risk is 20 percent or greater in 10 years. Approximately 95 percent of U.S. women younger than 70 are considered low-risk and therefore do not qualify for aggressive management of risk factors. “Nevertheless, most women will ultimately die of heart disease, suggesting that the Framingham risk score alone does not adequately stratify women in ways that would be useful for targeted preventive interventions,” the authors write.

Science Daily; December 12 ,2007

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February 17, 2010 at 1:27 am

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