Researchers create tool that estimates heart disease risk

Apr 11, 2012

A new tool may be able to estimate heart disease risk.

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death across the world. People everywhere, especially those with a family history, should protect themselves with life insurance, but it may get a little bit easier to help protect against the ill effects of heart disease. University of Granada researchers have developed software to get an accurate estimation of the chance a person has to suffer from heart disease.

"During the last decade, the approaches to cardiovascular disease prevention have evolved from isolated interventions on modifiable risk factors to an integral model of intervention strategies based on previous risk quantification and stratification," according to the researchers.

These tools evaluate a set of individual characteristics, or risk factors. It is based off a 3,000-patient study and uses equations to help point out and prevent heart disease. This should help reduce the amount of money a patient would have to spend on care for heart disease if it is caught early.

Before having to even detect heart disease, people should protect themselves with life insurance to make sure their family will be fine even in the case of an unexpected death.

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