Healthy heart habits add 15 years 'heart-attack-free-life' in your 70s
Your health status in your 30s, 40s and 50s is prognostic of your future risk so look after yourself now and save yourself a world of grief later.
The typical (age 45+) risk for CVD is 60% for men and 55% for women.
However, those living a “heart healthy” life at age 45 live around 15 years longer – without heart problems.
Study by John T. Wilkins, MD, of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and colleagues from ‘Population Approaches to Improve Diet, Physical Activity and Smoking Habits’. Wilkins JT, et al “Lifetime risk and years lived free of total cardiovascular disease” as published on November 5, 2012 in the Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA 2012; 308(17): 1795-1801.
The researchers pooled survival data from five National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-funded community-based cohorts: Framingham Heart Study, Framingham Offspring Study, Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study, Chicago Heart Association Detection Project in Industry Study, and Cardiovascular Health Study.
As reported by MedPage Today on November 5, 2012.