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One in 12 in military has clogged heart arteries

One in 12 in military has clogged heart arteries

By Genevra Pittman
NEW YORK | Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:34pm EST

(Reuters Health) - Just over one in 12 U.S. service members who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars had plaque buildup in the arteries around their hearts - an early sign of heart disease, according to a new study.

None of them had been diagnosed with heart disease before deployment, researchers said.

"This is a young, healthy, fit group," said the study's lead author, Dr. Bryant Webber, from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

"These are people who are asymptomatic, they feel fine, they're deployed into combat," he told Reuters Health.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/28/us-military-heart-...



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