Targeting cardiovascular risk factors 'a lifelong priority'

6 October 2016

A new study has offered evidence that all adults, including those over 65, should be careful to minimise risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Researchers from the US National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke examined data from a study assessing stroke incidence in approximately 30,000 individuals, evaluating how many of them developed risk factors known to be associated with stroke and heart disease over ten years.

It was found that the development of cardiovascular disease risk factors - including high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and atrial fibrillation - remains high among adults older than 65.

As such, the report called for renewed efforts to improve risk factor prevention and management for stroke and heart disease across people's entire life span, particularly as life expectancy continues to increase.

Dr Claudia Moy, acting director of the NINDS office of clinical research, said: "In addition to improving treatment and control of potent risk factors for stroke and heart disease, finding ways to prevent development of those risk factors may be a potential strategy to lower rates of cardiovascular disease across the age span."

Posted by Edward Bartel


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