Created a scale for assessing the risk of coronary heart disease in young

Created a scale for assessing the risk of coronary heart disease in youngDr C Alex McMahan and his colleagues (Medical Research Center of the University of Texas, San Antonio) analyzed data from autopsy studies PDAY (Pathobiological Determinants of Atherosclerosis in Youth), which examined samples of blood and other tissues of young persons (15-43 years) who died from external causes. Assessed the presence of atherosclerotic plaques in the coronary arteries (n=1117) and abdominal aorta (n=1458), after which it was created, the scale of the risk, taking into consideration age, gender, level of serum lipoproteins, the Smoking status, presence of hypertension, obesity, and hyperglycemia. Increase score by 1 point (which corresponds to an additional year of age) was associated with risk for coronary plaques 1.18, for abdominal plaques - 1.29, he increased the probability of detecting the first. "This scale, in contrast to Framingham, allows to predict the risk expressed preclinical atherosclerosis in young people over the years to the development of coronary heart disease", say the authors. "The practical value of the received data is that doctors can identify young people at high risk and to act on modifiable risk factors (hyperlipidemia, hypertension, Smoking, obesity, hyperglycemia)". Arch Intern Med 2005;165:883-90. Cardiosite.ru.



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