Study identifies 7 key heart failure risks

Risk of incident heart failure can be calculated from just seven common variables, according to an Australian analysis.

Researchers from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research in Hobart crunched the data from 15 observational studies reporting risk of incident heart failure, involving nearly half a million people.

Coronary artery disease, diabetes, age, hypertension, smoking, male gender and BMI are the key predictors, they found.

Other strong predictors are atrial fibrillation, ventricular hypertrophy and