Imagine stepping onto a scale not to measure your weight, but the chance of your heart failure. That's the potential scenario envisioned by researchers who may have discovered a new risk factor for heart failure: leg bioimpedance. More frequently used to calculate body fat, bioimpedance uses low electrical currents to measure resistance within the tissue. The study was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Researchers found that people who had lower leg bioimpedance were at higher risk for heart failure. The discovery could potentially lead to earlier diagnosis and preemptive treatment of the condition.