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Stroke Risk Tool Predicts Statin Benefit in AF from HRS 2012

Stroke Risk Tool Predicts Statin Benefit in AF from HRS 2012 | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Comment for Patients:   Ths CHADS2 score is an easy risk predictor for stroke for patients with atrial fibrillation.  

CHADS2 Risk Score

C = Congestive heart failure => 1

H = Hypertension — high blood pressure => 1

A =  Age≥75 => 1

D = Diabetes mellitus => 1

S2 = Stroke or TIA (mini-stroke)

 

This presentation is an interesting twist.  By using the CHADS2 score the benefit of statin cholesterol medications might be predicted. 

 

Among older individuals with hypertension, those with an elevated CHADS2 score 2 or higher had a significant lowering risk (32% lower) of developing atrial fibrillation if they were taking statins (HR 0.69) 

 

The benefits of statins are significant and the cardiovascular benefits may extend beyond heart attack and stroke prevention.

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HBO: The Weight of the Nation: Films - 4 parts

HBO: The Weight of the Nation: Films - 4 parts | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

This HBO documentary can be watched on the web streaming at HBO.com starting on May 14th at 8 pm

 

Bringing together the nation’s leading research institutions, THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

 

The official site for The Weight of the Nation on HBO. Watch The Weight of the Nation:

Part 1 Consequences.

Part 2 Choices

Part 3 Children in Crisis

Part 4 Challenges

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