The Los Angeles Times (1/26, Kaplan) "Booster Shots" blog reports, "They're called 'risk factors' for a reason – people with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and/or a smoking habit are much more likely to have heart attacks, strokes and other manifestations of cardiovascular disease, including death," according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
WebMD (1/26, Nierenberg) reports that investigators "analyzed data from more than 250,000 adults at ages 45, 55, 65, and 75 over a 50-year period."
HealthDay (1/26, Reinberg) reports, "Using the four cardiovascular risk factors, the researchers estimated the lifetime risks of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke."
MedPage Today (1/26, Phend) reports, "Two or more major risk factors at age 55 predicted a 29.6% chance of death from cardiovascular disease by age 80 for men and 20.5% for women." However, "for 55-year-olds with a clean bill of cardiovascular health, lifetime risk was only 4.7% for men and 6.4% for women."
HeartWire (1/26, Miller) reports that "the trends shown in the study were similar for both white and black people and did not change across the diverse birth-year cohorts."
POSTED BY: Steven Almany M.D.