Adverse Cardiovascular Predicted By Atherosclerosis

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of aorticatherosclerosis can predict the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular events in otherwise healthy individuals, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found.

The investigation, published in the June issue ofRadiology, is the first large-scale study to evaluate the predictive value of MRI measures of aortic atherosclerosis for future cardiac events.
Using MRI, researchers at UT Southwestern were able to measure in thousands of participants very subtle but highly significant differences in two distinct measures of aortic atherosclerosis: aortic plaque buildup and thickness of the aortic walls. Individuals with a thicker aortic wall have almost a twofold higher risk of a future adverse event, said Dr. Amit Khera, associate professor of internal medicine and senior author of the paper. More here.

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