4 in 10 Adults With No Known Heart Disease Have Fatty Hearts

By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 22, 2021

Many middle-aged adults with apparently healthy hearts have a “silent” buildup of fatty deposits in their arteries, a large, new study shows.

Researchers found that of more than 25,000 50- to 64-year-olds, about 42% had signs of atherosclerosis — a buildup of “plaques” in the arteries that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

That was despite the fact that none had any history of heart trouble.

Experts said the high rate of “silent” atherosclerosis was not surprising. Other, smaller studies had suggested as much.

But the new results — from a random sample of the general population in Sweden — confirm the condition is widespread in…

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