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Showing people scans of silent atherosclerosis helps them to reduce their cardiovascular risk

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k5119 (Published 04 December 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5119
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London, UK

Showing people ultrasound scan information enabling them to visualise their level of silent atherosclerosis is associated with reduced cardiovascular risk one year later compared with simply telling people about their risk factors, a pragmatic randomised study1 has shown.

“This trial shows the power of using personalised images of atherosclerosis as a tool to potentially prompt behaviour change and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,” said lead author Ulf Näslund, professor and chief physician in public health and clinical medicine at Umeå University, Sweden.

The study included 3512 people aged 40, 50, or 60 years who were taking …

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