|Telomere in red, human chromosomes in blue|
In the current study samples from more than 3500 stroke and heart attack patients were employed and showed that if the results are adjusted for age of patients, longer telomere length directly correlated with life expectancy. The study employed the very complete records kept and the extensive follow up data and samples collected by the Intermountain Heart Institute. This allowed them to follow any changes in the length of a patients telomeres over time.
It is hoped that telomere length could be used to measure the effectiveness of treatments along with tests that are currently employed such as cholesterol and blood pressure.