Triple-screening for heart disease reduces mortality rates in older men

A Danish study conducted between 2008 and 2011 suggests a simple, 10-minute triple-screening for cardiovascular risks could reduce 5-year mortality rates by as much as 7 percent in older men.

Jes S Lindholdt, MD, DMSci, PhD, presented the findings of his study in Spain last week, Medscape reported. He and his team surveyed men ages 65 to 74 living in central Denmark—an age demographic notorious for developing abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs)—and nearly 19,000 of those men were subjected to a quick, triple-screening for AAAs, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and hypertension. The additional medical attention proved to increase lifespan in the sample pool, Lindholdt reported.

“These are all very, very simple investigations,” Stephan Achenbach, a German doctor who co-presented with Lindholdt at the Spanish conference, commented. “And this trial showed that this screening actually saved life-years at very low cost.”

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