Atherosclerosis Present In U.S. Service Members Who Died In Combat Varies By Age And Cardiovascular Risk Profile

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Atherosclerosis Present In U.S. Service Members Who Died In Combat Varies By Age And Cardiovascular Risk Profile

INTRO:Despite progress in prevention and treatment, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. Atherosclerosis involves formation of fatty deposits and plaque, and may lead to narrowing of the arteries. A new study examined the prevalence of coronary atherosclerosis in U.S. service members who died while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Catherine Dolf has more in this week’s JAMA Report.

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Deployed U.S Service Members

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BEING IN TOP PHYSICAL CONDITION IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF MILITARY SERVICE, ESPECIALLY IN COMBAT SITUATIONS.

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SOT/FULL Super @:06 Jean L. Otto, Dr.P.H, M.P.H., – Contractor at Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center Runs:09
“Atherosclerosis can still occur in the relatively young, fit, healthy individual. Individuals fit enough to deploy to combat.”

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SOT/FULL Super @:15 Bryant J. Webber, M.D., – Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Runs:10
“Studying the U.S. military population provides a window into the health of the general US population, especially young healthy working people.”

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Dr. Webber and Dr. Otto walking, sitting and looking at computer, deployed U.S. Service Members on patrol

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DR. BRYANT WEBBER FROM THE UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES AND DR. JEAN OTTO, CONTRACT SUPPORT TO THE ARMED FORCES HEALTH SURVEILLANCE CENTER FROM THE HENRY M. JACKSON FOUNDATION AND CO-AUTHORS EXAMINED AUTOPSY RECORDS OF MORE THAN 38 HUNDRED U.S. MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS. ALL OF THEM DIED DURING DEPLOYMENT TO EITHER IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN.  RESEARCHERS ANALYZED THEIR SEX, RACE, ETHNICITY, EDUCATION AS WELL AS BRANCH OF SERVICE MILITARY RANK AND MEDICAL HISTORY.

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SOT/FULL Runs:09 Bryant J. Webber, M.D., – Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Super @:50
“8.5 percent of service members or one in 12 had at least some evidence of atherosclerosis of one or more coronary arteries.”

(Video covering 2nd half of bite: slides of atherosclerosis)

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SOT/FULL Super @1:00 Jean L. Otto, Dr.P.H, M.P.H., – Contractor at Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center Runs:13
“Service members with atherosclerosis generally were older, had lower education levels and were more likely to have had a prior diagnosis of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity.”

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GXF FULL JAMA COVER

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THE STUDY APPEARS IN JAMA, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.

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SOT/FULL Super @1:16 Bryant J. Webber, M.D., – Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Runs:08
“It was very interesting that less than one percent had of service members who had atherosclerosis at autopsy had been diagnosed with that disease prior to death.”

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SOT/FULL Super @ 1:25 Jean L. Otto, Dr.P.H, M.P.H., – Contractor at Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center Runs:08
“Reaffirming that this is often a clinically silent disease. In other words, you can have it without having any signs or symptoms.”

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Researchers looking at computer image of atherosclerosis

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RESEARCHERS DID FIND HOWEVER THAT THE OCCURENCE AND SEVERITY OF ATHEROSCLEROSIS HAS DECLINED SINCE THE VIETNAM AND KOREAN WARS.

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SOT/FULL Super @ 1:40 Bryant J. Webber, M.D., – Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Runs:08
“By following the trends of atherosclerosis and its risk factors we can assess how we are doing as a nation in terms of heart disease.”

(Video covering 2nd half of bite: looking at microscope, U.S. Service Members)

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U.S. Service Members

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CATHERINE DOLF, THE JAMA REPORT.

TAG: RESEARCHERS ALSO SAY THAT ABOUT TWO PERCENT OF THE STUDY POPULATION HAD MORE SEVERE CORONARY ARTERY BLOCKAGES AT AUTOPSY.

December 25, 2012

INTRO:Despite progress in prevention and treatment, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. Atherosclerosis involves formation of fatty deposits and plaque, and may lead to narrowing of the arteries. A new study examined the prevalence of coronary atherosclerosis in U.S. service members who died while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Catherine Dolf has more in this week’s JAMA Report.

VIDEO
B-ROLL
Deployed U.S Service Members

AUDIO
vo
BEING IN TOP PHYSICAL CONDITION IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF MILITARY SERVICE, ESPECIALLY IN COMBAT SITUATIONS.

AUDIO
SOT/FULL Super @:06 Jean L. Otto, Dr.P.H, M.P.H., – Contractor at Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center Runs:09
“Atherosclerosis can still occur in the relatively young, fit, healthy individual. Individuals fit enough to deploy to combat.”

AUDIO
SOT/FULL Super @:15 Bryant J. Webber, M.D., – Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Runs:10
“Studying the U.S. military population provides a window into the health of the general US population, especially young healthy working people.”

B-ROLL
Dr. Webber and Dr. Otto walking, sitting and looking at computer, deployed U.S. Service Members on patrol

AUDIO
vo
DR. BRYANT WEBBER FROM THE UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES AND DR. JEAN OTTO, CONTRACT SUPPORT TO THE ARMED FORCES HEALTH SURVEILLANCE CENTER FROM THE HENRY M. JACKSON FOUNDATION AND CO-AUTHORS EXAMINED AUTOPSY RECORDS OF MORE THAN 38 HUNDRED U.S. MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS. ALL OF THEM DIED DURING DEPLOYMENT TO EITHER IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN.  RESEARCHERS ANALYZED THEIR SEX, RACE, ETHNICITY, EDUCATION AS WELL AS BRANCH OF SERVICE MILITARY RANK AND MEDICAL HISTORY.

AUDIO
SOT/FULL Runs:09 Bryant J. Webber, M.D., – Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Super @:50
“8.5 percent of service members or one in 12 had at least some evidence of atherosclerosis of one or more coronary arteries.”

(Video covering 2nd half of bite: slides of atherosclerosis)

AUDIO
SOT/FULL Super @1:00 Jean L. Otto, Dr.P.H, M.P.H., – Contractor at Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center Runs:13
“Service members with atherosclerosis generally were older, had lower education levels and were more likely to have had a prior diagnosis of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity.”

VIDEO
GXF FULL JAMA COVER

AUDIO
VO
THE STUDY APPEARS IN JAMA, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.

AUDIO
SOT/FULL Super @1:16 Bryant J. Webber, M.D., – Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Runs:08
“It was very interesting that less than one percent had of service members who had atherosclerosis at autopsy had been diagnosed with that disease prior to death.”

AUDIO
SOT/FULL Super @ 1:25 Jean L. Otto, Dr.P.H, M.P.H., – Contractor at Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center Runs:08
“Reaffirming that this is often a clinically silent disease. In other words, you can have it without having any signs or symptoms.”

VIDEO
B-ROLL
Researchers looking at computer image of atherosclerosis

AUDIO
VO
RESEARCHERS DID FIND HOWEVER THAT THE OCCURENCE AND SEVERITY OF ATHEROSCLEROSIS HAS DECLINED SINCE THE VIETNAM AND KOREAN WARS.

AUDIO
SOT/FULL Super @ 1:40 Bryant J. Webber, M.D., – Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Runs:08
“By following the trends of atherosclerosis and its risk factors we can assess how we are doing as a nation in terms of heart disease.”

(Video covering 2nd half of bite: looking at microscope, U.S. Service Members)

VIDEO
B-ROLL
U.S. Service Members

AUDIO
VO
CATHERINE DOLF, THE JAMA REPORT.

TAG: RESEARCHERS ALSO SAY THAT ABOUT TWO PERCENT OF THE STUDY POPULATION HAD MORE SEVERE CORONARY ARTERY BLOCKAGES AT AUTOPSY.