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Risk Factors For Heart Disease May Be More Important Than Age Or Gender, New Study Reveals
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Risk Factors for Heart Disease May Be More Important Than Age Or Gender, New Study Reveals

A new study that is about to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine will reveal that despite the disparate statistics for male and female heart attack and stroke numbers, it is individual risk factors such as weight, diabetes and smoking that plays a higher role in determining cardiovascular health than gender, race or sex. Dr. Donald Lloyd Jones, the senior author of the study says that the most appropriate phrase to describe this risk is "cardiovascular destiny." Dr. Jones also reports that the study proves that ones destiny might be predetermined as early as their forties.

The meta study looked at data gathered from nearly twenty other studies, amassing information for more than 250,000 men and women. All known cardiovascular risk factors were evaluated for ages 45 and then reevaluated every decade afterward to determine the lifetime risk of dying from a number of cardiovascular events, including the two biggest killers, heart attack and stroke.

The study concluded that having as much as one of the risk factors could increase risk, even as early as forty years old but having two risk factors increased the risk of dying from a cardiovascular disease by as much as fifty percent. Gordon Tomaselli, the president of the American Heart Association warns that the news should not be seen as bleak but rather as a sign that it is never too early to start working toward prevention.

Tomaselli joins doctors across the nation who suggest that prevention for the entire family might be key to reducing the number of cardiovascular events and deaths that occur every year. Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of both men and women in the United States with nearly 2300 people dying from some form every day. Eighty one million people are reported to have some form of heart disease, most commonly high blood pressure. In addition, the number of people who have had strokes continues to climb. Strokes are the leading cause of long term, physical and mental impairment and disability.

Risk factors for cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association include: diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, being overweight or obesity, smoking, poor nutrition and a lack of physical activity. According to the AHA's latest statistical report, just over thirty percent of adults report no leisure time activity. Women are more inactive than men by a substantial margin. Racially, Caucasians were more active than the other races. Tomaselli suggests getting more exercise, better nutrition and watching cholesterol and blood pressure levels.


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