Lifetime Risk for Heart Disease Is High
< Nov. 07, 2012 > -- Even if you have no risk factors for cardiovascular disease, you may still be at increased risk for it, a new study says.
Overall, U.S. adults have more than a 55 percent risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Among people with no risk factors - such as smoking, high blood pressure, or diabetes - the risk is still more than 30 percent, say researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago.
Sifted through data
The researchers examined data that had been collected by five studies from 1964 through 2008. The studies were funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. None of the participants had cardiovascular disease when the studies began.
The researchers then looked at the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and calculated the estimated lifetime risk for each participant at ages 45, 55, 65, and 75.
Across all ages, people who had no risk factors had a lower lifetime risk than those with at least two major risk factors. For example, at age 45, people with the lowest risk lived up to 14 years longer free of cardiovascular disease than those with at least two major risk factors.
Other highlights from the study, which was published online this week in JAMA:
For more information on health and wellness, please visit health information modules on this website.
Follow a Heart-Healthy Diet
Eating a nutritious diet is a proven way to reduce the risk for heart disease. Here are the basics:
Always talk with your health care provider to find out more information.
(Our Organization is not responsible for the content of Internet sites.)