New keys for heart health

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(KPLR) – Dr. Daniel Wagner, with SSM Heart Institute at St. Clare Health Center spoke with Christine Buck about heart health.

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Let's start with the importance of breakfast for everyone, especially men who skip breakfast.

1.       Skipping Breakfast a Recipe for Heart Disease.

A new study shows that men who skip breakfast have a 27% higher risk of suffering a heart attack or developing heart disease than those who start the day with something in their stomach. Men who skip breakfast are more likely to gain weight, to develop diabetes, to have hypertension and to have high cholesterol. 

2.       Simple Score May Predict Heart Attack, Stroke Risks 

Until now, doctors have had no way of determining which of their heart-disease patients were most at risk of a heart attack, stroke or death. But a new scoring system gives people a number on a risk scale and could potentially help doctors settle on the best course of care for individual patients. So how does the scoring system work and how do you find your risk factor number?

3.       Should All Seniors Take Statins? New Study Suggests Benefits For All.

A new study reveals that men and women over age 65 can benefit from taking statins regardless of their history of stroke or heart attack, but researchers remain hesitant to universally recommend the cholesterol-lowering drugs.