Walking pace and hearing acuity will predict life expectancy after a heart attack

Experts from Yale University believe that the data on the hearing and mobility of a patient who has suffered a heart attack can help predict how long he will live. The findings are published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Scientists monitored the health of more than 3,000 patients aged 75 and older who had suffered a myocardial infarction. 

They assessed their condition using a specially designed scale that helped calculate the likelihood of death after an attack. In addition to traditional risk factors such as blood pressure, pulse rate or muscle strength, other variables were included in this scale: hearing impairment, unexplained weight loss, walking speed and subjective health assessment.

During six months, 266 deaths were recorded. The scientists noted that while the old prognostic signs had not lost their importance, additional factors included in the health assessment helped predict the risk of death more accurately within six months.

Thus, the assessment of hearing, mobility, and other functional factors is of particular importance: an accurate understanding of how high the risk of death after a heart attack is will help specialists make an adequate treatment plan.

Dec. 16, 2019, 11:02 a.m.

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