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CBC Test Predicts Life Expectancy

CBC Risk Score TestResearchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, Utah in collaboration with scientists at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston completed a study using the complete blood count risk score, an inexpensive tool that uses all of the information in the common CBC blood test that includes data that is frequently underused by physicians. CBC test may predict who is at highest risk to develop heart problems, and how long these people may have to live.

The study was presented at the 2013 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Dallas on Nov. 19, 2013.

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Cardiac Risk Assessment

What is a cardiac risk assessment?

This is a group of tests and health factors that have been proven to indicate your chance of having a cardiovascular event such as heart attack or stroke. They have been refined to indicate the degree of risk: slight, moderate, or high.

What is included in a cardiac risk assessment?
The most important indicators for cardiac risk are those of your personal health history. Age, hereditary factors, weight, cigarette smoking, blood pressure, exercise history, and diabetes are all important in determining your risk. The lipid profile is… Continue reading