MRI scans link abdominal aorta hardening with cardiovascular events

06/18/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

Using MRI scanning, researchers found increased abdominal aortic wall thickness was linked with higher risk of cardiovascular events, and increased thickness plus plaque accumulation was linked with nonfatal events in vessels outside the heart, including stroke. The results published in Radiology show that "atherosclerosis in an artery outside the heart is an independent predictor of adverse cardiovascular events," lead author Dr. Christopher Maroules said.

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