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New Scanning Study Points to Osteoporosis/Heart Disease Link

People with ischemic heart disease have lower bone-mineral density (BMD) of the wrist, according to a recent study using a new scanning technology that shows a link between cardiovascular disease and bone loss.

"Our data suggest that bone health should be considered when patients are diagnosed with heart disease," commented senior author Cyrus Cooper, OBE, FMedSci, professor of musculoskeletal science, University of Oxford, and professor of rheumatology at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

Although cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis have not commonly been linked together, people with heart disease are more likely to develop osteoporosis, according to Dr Cooper.

It is an "important" study that "should have an impact in the long term," he added. However, the big question remains whether this will change how often clinicians check bone density in this patient population, because many of the people who get ischemic heart disease are already considered at risk for osteoporosis simply because of age.

The researchers used a sophisticated technique called high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT) to look at bone geometry, density, and microstructure of the wrist.

"The impact on clinical practice of this study may be to make clinicians think that when a person is diagnosed with ischemic heart disease, we probably should think about checking bone density, because that would pick up a certain number of people who have osteoporosis whom we didn't know about," he concluded.

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