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Web Tool to Check Heart Risk Is Doubted
New York Times

It could hardly be simpler: go to the Web, pull up a point-system tool, plug in a few numbers and instantly calculate your chances of having a heart attack over the next 10 years. Or not.

A new study finds that a widely used version of the ubiquitous heart attack risk calculator is flawed, misclassifying 15 percent of patients who would use it — almost six million Americans, of whom almost four million are inappropriately shifted into higher-risk groups that are more likely to be treated with medication.

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