FRAMINGHAM – Boston Heart Diagnostics, one of the leading a disease management laboratories in Framingham, today, March 18, announced the publication of a new research study: Cardiovascular Risk Factor Reduction in First Responders Resulting from and Individualized Lifestyle and Blood Test Program: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the study demonstrated the clinical effectiveness of the Boston Heart Lifestyle Program and the utility of using advanced cardiovascular markers.
Principal investigator, Michael Dansinger, MD, and collaborators, enrolled 175 firefighters and police officers from 10 cities in Massachusetts and Arizona to participate in this 1-year randomized trial.
“We demonstrated that participation in the Boston Heart Lifestyle Program. significantly reduced body weight and cardiovascular risk factors. The greater the program adherence and weight loss, the greater the blood test improvement. According to Dr. Dansinger, changes in large HDL particles measured with the Boston Heart HDL Map® were 5 times more sensitive indicators of lifestyle changes than HDL cholesterol measurements”.
Dr. Robert Superko, co-author and member of Boston Heart’s Scientific Advisory Board commented, “Firefighters risk their lives daily to help protect our communities. However, they have 3-times the amount of heart disease compared to other professions. If a firefighter has a heart attack while responding to your emergency, it puts individuals in extremely precarious positions.”
Dr. Superko further explained, “This published study indicates that significant improvement in heart disease risk can be accomplished with inexpensive personalized online tools and access to telephonic coaching sessions with a Registered Dietitian. Community firefighter heart disease screening programs are on-going.”
In addition to the study participants, over 60,000 Boston Heart patients throughout the United States have participated in the Boston Heart Lifestyle Program.
“Analyses show that patients who participate in our lifestyle program improve their test results more than other patients, especially if they participate in our telephonic coaching program with registered dietitian coaches. Any Boston Heart patient can participate in our lifestyle program,” added Dansinger, who is also the Medical Director of the Boston Heart Lifestyle Program.
Boston Heart Diagnostics said it is transforming the treatment of cardiovascular disease by providing healthcare providers and their patients with novel, personalized diagnostics and integrated customized lifestyle programs that have the power to change the way clinicians and patients communicate about disease and improve heart health. Boston Heart looks beyond the “good” and “bad” cholesterol assessment that conventional labs provide to give a more complete picture of heart health.