New study shows simple blood test can may determine heart attack and stroke risks - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/10/09

New study shows simple blood test can may determine heart attack and stroke risks

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A new study shows a simple blood test may be all it takes to determine a person’s risk for heart attack and stroke.

Researchers in the U.K. followed the medical records of over 300,000 adults with different levels of cholesterol for several years.  They found that measuring the triglycerides didn't have much impact on the patients’ risk, but it was the HDL, or good cholesterol, which was the strongest indicator of future health risks.  Those with the lowest levels of "good cholesterol" had double the risk for heart disease, compared to those with the highest levels.

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