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AHA: Using Electricity to Test Your Risk for Heart Failure

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Imagine stepping onto a scale — not to measure your weight, but the chance of your heart failing.
That’s the potential scenario envisioned by researchers who may have discovered a new risk factor for heart failure: leg bioimpedance.
More frequently used to calculate body fat, bioimpedance uses low electrical currents to measure resistance within tissue. In a study published Friday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine found that people who had lower leg bioimpedance were at higher risk for heart failure. The discovery could potentially lead to earlier diagnosis and preemptive treatment of the condition.
The study’s authors examined data on more than 500,000…
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