Friday, August 26, 2011

Predicting Who Will -- and Won't -- Survive a Heart Attack

(HealthDay News) -- It may be possible to predict who will survive or die as the result of a first heart attack, researchers have found.

They analyzed data from more than 18,000 people in two of the largest U.S. cardiovascular studies and pinpointed certain traits that could predict the risk that a heart attack would be fatal. Those traits included having high blood pressure, being black and having a very high body mass index (BMI) -- a measurement based on height and weight.

"For some people, the first heart attack is more likely to be their last," lead author Dr. Elsayed Z. Soliman, director of the Epidemiological Cardiology Research Center (EPICARE) at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said in a center news release. "For these people especially, it is important that we find ways to prevent that first heart attack from ever happening because their chances of living through it are not as good. Read more...

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