How to know if you already have heart disease in your 30s

How to know if you already have heart disease in your 30s


Hey Dr. Joe Feuerstein with the MD
Minute. Thanks for tuning in. Today I want to talk about a study just
published in JAMA, that’s the Journal of the American Medical Association,
cardiology and it is looking at a very interesting question. How, if you are
young, if you’re in your 30s and 40s can you get a test to see if you already
have signs of heart disease. Just to remind, you heart disease is the number
one killer of adults in the United States and in the Western world; it is
number one is heart disease. If you’re 30 or 40 years old, is there a test, is
there a way that you can to a test to see whether you already have
some heart disease. And so what they did in this study is called the cardia study
and they looked at 5000 people in their 30s and 40s and they followed them for
12.5 years, which is a long time. They put them all in a cat scan, which is a
scanner, and looked at how much calcium deposited they had in their arteries. The
higher the calcium deposit, the more likely you had heart disease. But here is
the kicker, what they found is that in the 30s and 40s, if you had any calcium
at all, so if you had a score higher than zero calcium your risk of
developing heart disease was ten times someone who had a risk of zero, a score
of zero. If you had a score that was over a hundred, and this is only in your
30s and 40s, which is really quite high; your risk of dying was about 22.4% that’s dying over the ensuing period mostly from heart disease.
This is very very sobering. What the researchers concluded, and this is my
take on the study as well, is that this shouldn’t be done in everybody because
there’s lots of 30 and 40 year old people who have no risk of heart disease
and are perfectly healthy. But if you have a family history, if disease of the
heart is something that’s in a lot of your family, and you’re in your 30s
and 40s you might want to talk to your doctor about getting a
coronary calcium score just to reassure yourself and knowing that’s not
something that’s in your future. Dr. Joe Feuerstein with the MD Minute. Thanks for tuning in

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