by Savitha C Muppala on  May 7, 2011 at 12:55 AM Research News
 Age and Cardiovascular Disease
Age may be a good indicator of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, experts have revealed.

The study showed that screening based on age helped in finding 86% of all first CVD events in the population studied, with a false-positive rate of 24%.

Using other forms of screening with blood tests and diagnostic evaluations helped detect 86% of events with a false-positive rate of 21%, yet the costs involved was much higher.

Lead author Professor Sir Nicholas Wald said: "This study shows that age screening for future cardiovascular disease is simpler than current assessments, with a similar screening performance and cost effectiveness. It also avoids the need for blood tests and medical examinations."

Source: Medindia

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