A new paper argues that a single cardiac risk score can offer valuable data about issues like carotid artery plaque and silent strokes, which tend to appear before a clinical stroke will take place.
The study was elaborated by a mixed team of experts from Canada. A number of 7,549 adults with an average age of 58 years, out of which 55% were women, were observed.
According to the paper participants who not have a history of heart disease or stroke can learn important information from a simple cardiac score, which involves the measuring of several factors, among which we can count blood pressure, abdominal fat, diet, tobacco use, and diabetes. The simple cardiac summary can convey data about the presence of pre-clinical cerebrovascular diseases like silent strokes and carotid artery plaque.
It is well-known that these cardiovascular risk factors are often linked to the development of arterial diseases which herald the appearance of clinical diseases like strokes. Early detection of these factors and an efficient treatment scheme would contribute to the prevention of further complications.
According to one of the researchers who contributed to the study the results are quite valuable since they infer that vascular disease of carotid arteries and silent strokes tend to be detected more often among when and women who feature increased risk factors for cardiovascular disease. By using screening and a selection of treatments doctors can anticipate and prevent the development of cerebrovascular problems.
The new data also reinforces previous theories that were showcased in an earlier report which was focused on the connections between heart and brain health. As the number of cases related to vascular diseases continues to grow, more people will face heart and brain problems as they continue to grow older.
Further research is already underway as the scientists try to identify more risk factors. The study was published recently in a scientific journal.