Family Practice News in their May 1, 2008 issue discussed two new risk factors for vascular problems. The blood pressure readings in the arm compared to the ankle has been added to the popular Framingham Risk Score. If the blood pressure is not significantly higher in the ankle, there is likely blockage somewhere in the leg arteries. At the spring American Heart Association meeting, it was reported that simply measuring the waist circumference can detect significant
risk of heart attacks. High risk is a waist greater than 88 cm in women and 102 cm in men. You do not have to spend a thousand dollars to find out if you are at high risk.