Researchers may have found a way to detect the risk of heart attack in men. In a study of 2336 men, aged 42 to 61, the researchers measured systolic blood pressure after a standardized cycle ergometer exercise test. The results of the study, reported in Hypertension (December 2004), indicated that systolic pressure >195 mm Hg following 2 minutes of recovery was connected with a 1.7-fold increased risk of heart attack. Each 10-mm-Hg increase after 2 minutes was associated with a 7% greater risk of heart attack. The participants with the greatest difference in systolic blood pressure between rest and recovery had a 39% higher risk of heart attack, compared with men with the smallest difference.
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.
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