Preventing risk factors in midlife 'can greatly reduce heart failure risk'

29 November 2016

Taking action to reduce the risk of heart failure in midlife can have a significant beneficial impact, according to a new report.

Research from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has shown how steps to prevent the development of hypertension, obesity and diabetes between the ages of 45 to 55 can lead to an 86 per cent lower risk for heart failure.

People in this age group without hypertension, obesity and diabetes were shown to have a substantially lower risk for heart failure, with diabetes in particular found to have a strong association with shorter heart failure-free survival.

Men aged 45 without any of these three risk factors lived an average of 10.6 years longer without heart failure, while women at the same age lived 14.9 years longer free of heart failure.

The study's senior author Dr John Wilkins,from the department of preventive medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said: "These findings help reframe the heart failure prevention discussion by quantifying how the prevention of the development of these risk factors can lengthen healthy and overall survival, and could vastly reduce the population burden of heart failure."

Posted by Edward Bartel

 


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