Archive | January, 2012

Race is Not a Risk Factor for Cardiovascular disease

30 Jan

A new study reported in The New England Journal of Medicine aims to dispel the notion that age, race, and gender are risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The study maintains that high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, and diabetes are the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

The study authors analyzed data from 18 studies involving more that 250,000 men and women from different¬†ethnic backgrounds¬†whose risk factors were measured at age 45, 55, 65 and 75. The study finds that an individual’s risk of dying from cardiovascular disease jumps from 1.4% to 49.5% when having just two major risk factors.

Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, cardiologist and researcher at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, explains “cardiovascular destiny” as a person’s likelihood of dying from heart attack or stroke. He believes an individual’s cardiovascular destiny can be set by their mid-forties. Hence, it is never too early to begin prevention.

Keys to decreasing cardiovascular destiny:

1. Stay active (physical, cardiovascular, and/or aerobic exercises)

2. Eat right

3. Avoid smoking and tobacco products

4. Know your family history for blood pressure and cholesterol levels (adults and children)