Early signs of heart problems seen in military autopsies

12/27/2012 | Reuters

An analysis of autopsy reports from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars found that nearly 9% of the service members who died had plaque buildup in their coronary arteries, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Bryant Webber of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., said the study showed the U.S. has made progress reducing heart disease but that more effort is needed to encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce heart disease risks.

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