Blood Flow Variable Predicts Cardiac Disease in Low-Risk Patients


Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta member Dr. Todd Anderson, Chief of Cardiology and Professor in the Department of Cardiac Sciences, recently reported on the Firefighters And Their Endothelium (FATE) study, of which he is Principal Investigator. His report was picked up by “Doctor’s Guide”.

Excerpt from Doctor’s Guide article:

A readily measured variable of blood flow was found to be a remarkably strong predictor of vascular events in a prospective study conducted in more than 1,500 otherwise healthy Canadian firefighters. In data presented at the 2009 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC), hyperemic velocity, a microvascular stimulus of impaired brachial flow-mediated dilation (FMD), persisted as a strong predictor of events after multivariate analysis even though FMD by itself did not.


“Hyperemic velocity was additive to traditional risk factors and to carotid CMT,” emphasised Dr. Anderson, who concluded that evaluating hyperemic velocity be a tool for identifying those healthy middle-aged individuals most likely to go on to an event despite low risk on conventional measures.

To read the full article including more details of the study results, click here

To see other blog posts about Dr. Anderson, click here


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