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Medical News & Perspectives
June 1, 2005

Researchers Explore Tools to Identify Individuals at Risk for Heart Disease

JAMA. 2005;293(21):2582-2583. doi:10.1001/jama.293.21.2582

Orlando, Fla—As physicians become increasingly aware of the predictive value of risk factors and the expanding options for preventing or delaying cardiovascular disease events, researchers are developing new tests to further identify high-risk individuals.

Such new techniques “are so much more appropriate today now that we know we can prevent problems even before [cardiovascular disease] develops,” said Gerald Fletcher, MD, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Jacksonville, Fla. Fletcher served as moderator of a press briefing at the March Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology, where researchers from several teams described improvements in assessing heart disease risk in specific populations.