Cardiovascular disease are very dangerous and can lead to fatality. These diseases can be obtained through genes or through unhealthy habits including diets or lack of exercise. Other diseases might have symptoms leading to cardiovascular diseases including diabetes. This is why it is encouraged by doctors to have a screening every five years on heart conditions to help lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
However, a recent study conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Helsinki suggested that 5 years is a very long time for screening for cardiovascular diseases and it is not accurate. The 5-year rules were present by the American Heart Association, European Society of Cardiology, and UK National Health Service guidelines.
According to the new study, the number of years that should be set between every screening should not be on a group level but should be changed according to every individual. The results were published in The Lancet Public Health Journal. This study was led by PhD holder, Joni Lindbohm.
Dr. Joni commented on his obtained results saying, “Our study shows that by optimizing the screening intervals, 8% of myocardial infarcts and strokes could be prevented without an increase in health care costs. This means that during the next 20 years, in the English population aged now 40 to 64, the number of new myocardial infarcts or strokes prevented annually could reach 5000.”
This would mean you should screen for heart diseases more frequently than you currently are.